CIVIC COMMEMORATION - REMEMBERING BUILDING SAFETY
On June 5th, 2013, the demolition of a vacant building at 2138 Market street Philadelphia collapsed a party wall, destroying a Salvation Army Thrift Store killing six innocent people and injuring many others. This tragedy will be commemorated through the creation of a memorial park on the grounds of 2140 Market Street. This memorial park will provide a contemplative respite for visitors while preserving the memory of those lost - and serve as a constant reminder that construction projects must be done safely.
January 14, 2014: Committee is formed for a memorial park at the site of building collapse.
March 20, 2014: The Salvation Army agrees to give the land to the City of Philadelphia at no cost. The City Council then approves the transfer of the land into the City's park system.
June 5, 2014: Mayor Nutter dedicates the site as a memorial park.
September 4, 2014: Artist Barb Fox wins the competition and will lead a team of pro bono design professionals with her vision of a memorial titled, “Witness.”
February 10, 2015: The pro bono design team is formed, tasked to develop the memorial park and give presentations to the Art Commission for approval.
June 5, 2015: “This memorial needs to happen,” Mayor Nutter said at the 2nd anniversary. The City adds an additional $300,000.00 to the project, bringing City total contribution to $600,000.