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Woodford

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County of Philadelphia.
E. Fairmount Park
National Register Number: 67000021
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2004.
Congressional District: PA-2 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 24, 1967):
Begun in 1756, this is the first of the great, opulent, late-Georgian mansions to be erected in the Philadelphia area. Woodford was built by William Coleman, a wealthy merchant and judge.

Condition:
A fire in the early morning of July 13, 2002 destroyed the roof and much of the second and third stories of the house, as well as many priceless items of furniture and artifacts. The fire apparently was started between the roof and ceiling by a contractor's heat gun which was being used to remove paint.

Restoration is currently underway to restore the Landmark to pre-fire condition. The scope of work includes: reconstruction of burned framing and roof, structural remediation of previous insect damage, restoration of plaster and woodwork throughout the building to address smoke and water damage, removal of floor finishes throughout, installation of documented historic finishes scheme (both exterior and interior), replacement of electrical and mechanical systems and remediation of lead paint and asbestos. Estimated cost of project is $850,000.


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