Permits have been filed for the demolition of a vacant two-story single-family dwelling at 6132 Walnut Street in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia. The prewar rowhouse is located between South 61st Street and South 62nd Street and will be torn down as part of the City of Philadelphia Demolition Program, with a cost of work of $17,261. The property is owned by the City of Philadelphia. The contractor listed for the work is Thomas Curran.
The rowhouse is similar the rest of the structures on the block, with a brick façade, a covered porch, a bay window at the second floor, and a projecting cornice. The building is in a somewhat dilapidated state, with panels missing from the cornice. The job will include the addition of stucco on 6141, 6145, 6130, and 6134 Walnut Street after the demolition is completed, as well as an erosion control mat with seed on lot at the site.
The 21 bus travels along Walnut Street, with stops at either end of the block. The 60th and 63rd Street stations of the Market-Frankford SEPTA line, as well as Cobbs Creek Park and Haddington Woods, sit within a five-minute walk of the property.
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I bet there were nice cornices on all those houses, until some time in mid-20th Century someone decided to cover them with the crap you can see now.
It’s a shame to tear it down, and leave a slot in the block. It should be fixed up. The backstory about those vinyl siding cornices is that they are sold to uneducated homeowners as a maintenance free alternative, usually at poor workmanship with inflated prices.
Meanwhile demolition has caused major damaage to the adjacent properties with no restoration in site. Homeowners will be responsible for the carelessly broken services in the sidewalks due to the negligence of this work.