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Germantown Ave Mansion Succumbs to Lightening

August 2, 2009

In the Northwest section of Philadelphia we love our old homes. One such property situated on a 1.5 acre lot on Germantown Ave, was a 1860’s era Victorian mansion. Hidden from view by over grown bushes and trees the home was in poor condition and unknown to most people.

Germantown Ave Mansion seen here in 2004

Germantown Ave Mansion seen here in 2004

In 2003 the property went on the market. At the time, there were individuals with an interest in historic preservation who fought to save the house. Enough so that when developers purchased the property they planned to renovated the house as part of their development plan.

Neighbors watched as vegetation was removed and the property stripped of old plaster. But then the development plan turned into a development debacle. Work stopped, leaving the building exposed to the elements.

A belated effort was made to protect the building. But, it was not nearly enough to protect it from the lightening which hit on Sunday morning, Aug. 2, 2009. The subsequent fire left only a skeleton of the once grand home.

Germantown Ave Mansion after the fire

Germantown Ave Mansion after the fire

It is a sad day.

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