Merion Station, Lower Merion Township, PA — The Quaker's meeting house dates back to about 1695. Since then it has been enlargened, more acreage has been, and the meeting house was declared a National Landmark by the U.S. Department of the interior. Upkeep on the landmark structure just got a little easier with a preservation grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
The Merion Friends Meeting was awarded a $25,000 grant, which was the top amount that could be awarded for preservation projects versus new construction. Once described as the most photographed meeting house in the country, the Merion Friends Meeting is now further along with their preservation goals.
"These grants make an enormous difference to communities across Pennsylvania," said PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery. "They assist townships and municipalities in revitalization and development efforts, providing funding for vibrant use of historic buildings within their communities."
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has awarded $2.5 million through 57 Keystone Historic Preservation grants to help historical and heritage organizations, museums, and local governments in 28 Pennsylvania counties. All grants required a 50 percent cash match and were awarded through a competitive selection process.
The Merion Friends Meeting funds will be used to rectify deterioration of the historic site. A preservation architect, engineers, and conservators will perform a conditions assessment and provide recommendations for preservation of the site, including the meetinghouse, horse and wagon sheds, activities building, and the 1804 Joseph Price House.
Lower Merion Township also received a grant for $100,000 from the Commission.
The Merion Friends Meeting is located at 615 Montgomery Avenue in Merion Station, PA 19066
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