Share Your Story

Have a story to tell? We want to hear it. Our “Share Your Story” page allows visitors to upload text, images, and audio that illustrate their experiences in Mantua and Philadelphia’s wider network of urban housing. Visitors may choose to share stories and rituals of commemoration, reflect on the legacies of demolition and urban redevelopment, or simply  provide personal reflections on the spaces we call “home.” We want to hear from you, whether you currently or once lived in Mantua or Philadelphia, and have something to share that is meaningful to your experience and speaks to your connection to a modest house.

Also be sure to visit this page frequently to access oral histories conducted in Mantua and the surrounding area, blog posts on the neighborhood’s history, and updates on events, programming, and development news throughout the Spring. Funeral for a Home invites your participation and is excited to share these stories with all who visit…

RIP 3711 Melon St, c.1872-2014

June 11, 2014

On Saturday May 31, Funeral for a Home came to a close. As the excavator tore at the remains of the cornice, Mount Olive’s choir graced the crowd with “Precious Memories,” and all in attendance were certain that they were witnessing a moment they will not soon forget….

Funeral Selections Ardie Applauds

A Lifetime of Service: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Andrew Jenkins

May 12, 2014

One of Funeral for a Home’s earliest and most essential partners has been the Rev. Dr. Andrew Jenkins. One of the first residents to move into the recently completed Mantua Hall in 1959, from there he launched a lifetime of civic engagement, community development, and steadfast commitment to the preservation and improvement of his adopted neighborhood….

Andy and Richard, 1968

Down ‘Da Bottom with Ardie Stuart Brown

May 5, 2014

As Funeral for a Home’s culminating event inches closer be sure to visit often as we will be sharing selected interviews conducted over the past year with Mantua residents….


This is Mantua: Photography by Jeffrey Stockbridge

April 18, 2014

Over the course of the project you may have noticed that we have been populating the home page with different images from Mantua’s past. But for the past few months local photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge has been documenting the neighborhood as it looks and feels today…

Mantua Dogs BLOG

“Lot 212”: Speculation and Flip, Prewar Style, Part 2 of 2

April 11, 2014

When we last left off, in 1922, Philip Silverman had just purchased lots 209 through 214 from Sam Seltzer and Harry Feldman. Two years later one of the most curious incidents in 3711 Melon St’s transfer history occurred….

Richard Boardman Hexamer Survey