DESCRIPTION: President's House commemorative site is an open-air installation designed to give visitors a sense of the house where the first two presidents of the United States, George Washington and John Adams served their terms of office. The commemorative site pays homage to nine documented enslaved persons of African descent who were part of the Washington household and addresses the topic of slavery in the early history of the United States.
LOCATION: Southeast corner of 6th and Market Streets in Historic Philadelphia
OPENING: December 15, 2010
PROJECT COST: $11.2 million including a $2 million maintenance endowment
LEADERSHIP: The design-construction phase of the project was a joint initiative between the City of Philadelphia and Independence National Historical Park (INHP). The completed project is an official National Park Service site managed by INHP.
FUNDING: The President's House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation has been made possible by the City of Philadelphia; the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration; the Delaware River Port Authority; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; and other generous corporate and individual supporters including PNC Bank, The Tides Foundation, Independence Blue Cross, the Connelly Foundation, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, Wendy Rosen and Manuel Stamatakis
Funding from the City of Philadelphia came from the administrations of Mayor John F. Street (2000-2008) and Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Funding from the Federal Government came through the efforts of Congressmen Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah. Governor Edward G. Rendell was instrumental in securing funding from the Delaware River Port Authority.
WORK TEAM: (all Philadelphia-based, unless otherwise indicated)