HOPE Comes to Philadelphia's Historic Eastern State Penitentiary

July 25, 2018

On July 25, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE Crew unveiled a weeks-long project to help rehabilitate Eastern State Penitentiary with participants from the City of Philadelphia's PowerCorpsPHL.

"Eastern State Penitentiary is an enormous historic preservation project. The building suffered from years of deterioration between the time it closed as a prison in 1971 and when it reopened for tours in 1994," said Sara Jane (Sally) Elk, president and CEO of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc. "We are grateful to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE Crew and PowerCorpsPHL for helping us launch a masonry preservation training program that provides hands-on experience while advancing our preservation goals and, in turn, our mission to interpret the legacy of American criminal justice reform."

Learn more about the project here.

HOPE Crew participants from PowerCorpsPHL work on preservation projects at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

photo by: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

HOPE Crew participants from PowerCorpsPHL learn masonry skills at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

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