by Kristin C.
We are excited to finally start demolition on the next North Philly Complete Blocks Project!
Most people are probably familiar with the typical Philadelphia rowhouse, which very in width, height and square footage. (For a complete guide to the rowhouse, check out the Philadelphia Rowhouse Manual) But perhaps many people are not aware of just how small some rowhouses actually are. On the block 1900 block of Wilt Street across from Habitat’s office, the block consists of tiny 2 bedroom, 800 sq. ft. rowhomes, which are built on lots that are 13’-5” wide and 36’-0” deep! This is small in the rowhouse family, and especially when compared to larger scale housing of today’s standards across the country.
Habitat’s unique project at 1910 W Wilt Street, future home to the Coleman Family, is on this tiny block of W Wilt Street where Habitat Philadelphia completed our first home in 1987! Since then Habitat has rehabbed 90% of the block! The Coleman family was in need of a four bedroom home to accommodate their large, energetic family so Habitat is taking two of these homes and consolidating and rehabilitating them into one larger 4-bedroom home.
Check out the floor plans!
Demolition has started on both of the existing homes with most of the interior demolition now complete. Soon our site supervisor, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, and partner families will begin demolishing the existing rear kitchen and bathroom additions, which are actually not original to the homes which were built around the year 1890. Then there will be the ceremonial “breaking through the wall” when we cut through the existing party wall to join the two homes together. There will be a total of four door openings cut in the existing brick party wall to connect the existing homes.
Check back for more photos and details about this project and the other NPCBP homes. Also coming up we will be featuring a lot of the sustainable and energy efficient building techniques that Habitat Philadelphia practices.