The Monument is Moving!

Artist's conception: Newkirk Monument along Bartram's Mile
Artist’s conception: Newkirk Monument along Bartram’s Mile
Wonderful news, all — the 1839 Newkirk Monument is saved! It will be moved tomorrow, Nov. 17, beginning at 7 a.m., to its own concrete pad along Bartram’s Mile, the soon-to-open section of the Schuylkill River Trail.
(What is it? It’s the 15-foot West Philly obelisk that has been a minor obsession of mine for several years. Frankly, this takes my breath away. The effort to save the Monument represents patience, diligence, teamwork, and vision by Amtrak, the City of Philadelphia, Christopher Dougherty at the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Andropogon architects, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Bradley Maule at Hidden City Philadelphia, the George Young moving company, and many more. My thanks to all of them!
With luck, I’ll have photos to post of the move and the Monument in its new home soon.

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