Secretary Davin Tours Historic Buildings in Northwest Philadelphia, Discusses Importance of Historic Building Preservation for Community Development

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin, hosted by Rep. Stephen Kinsey, toured four of the 16 historic houses, destinations, and museums in northwest Philadelphia, and discussed the role of historic building preservation in community development.

“These sites are so important to Philadelphia not just because of their historic significance, but because of their ability to support jobs by spurring local economic and community development,” Secretary Davin said. “I thank Rep Kinsey for guiding me today and talking about how Governor Wolf can continue to support communities in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth.”

Davin and Kinsey toured Grumblethorpe, the Stenton museum, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, and the Johnson House. Following the tour, Davin and Kinsey met with the directors of northwest Philadelphia’s 16 historic sites for a discussion on the importance of keeping the sites alive, as well as how the historic sites help revitalize the area by increasing property values and producing a significant impact on the regional economy.

“Northwest Philadelphia has a rich history that each of these sites retell – from the battle of Germantown and the birth of our nation, to the fight to abolish slavery and the Johnson House serving as a stop on the Underground Railroad,” Rep. Kinsey said. “They offer our children the opportunity to experience history instead of simply reading about it, and that is why we must continue to invest in them. I’m sure that with the help of Governor Wolf and Secretary Davin, we will be able to do just that.”

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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