Friends Center Corporation records
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Friends Center's place in Philadelphia history began in 1856, when the Race Street Meetinghouse was built jointly by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and what is now known as Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.
The continuously active meetinghouse has served its congregation and the larger community for over 150 years. Important figures in the life of this building have included prominent women's right activists Lucretia Mott, Hannah Clothier Hull, and Alice Paul. In 1993 the Race Street Meetinghouse was designated a National Historic Landmark for its role in women's rights movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the early 1960s, a group of Friends responded to the long-stated wish to have a physical place where Quakers could gather for thought and action. Their response took the form of a plan for a dedicated campus, a Friends Center, where service organizations could be housed together to enable the synergies that come from physical proximity. The site they chose encorporates the Race Street Meetinghouse and its tree-filled courtyard. An adjacent 56,000 square foot office building was constructed in the early 1970s.
The campus consisted of the original Race Street Meeting House, 1520 Race Street, and a new building at 1501 Cherry Street. The campus was dedicated as Friends Center in November 1975. By the late 1990s planning began for renovation and capital improvements of the campus. Beginning in 2004, the renovation was completed in 2009 with a goal of environmental witness which included thermal wells, a green roof, and storm water management Today Friends Center continues to function as a center for Quaker concerns. In 2021 it was announced that nearby Friends Select School will purchase the building at 1520 Race Street which will formalize the connectivity between the School and the Center.
Friends Center Corporation was organized in 1972 to oversee construction plans. According to its 1996 mission statement, FCC is responsible for managing the Friends Center property with the goal of furthering the beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends
The records document the planning and progress of renovations of Friends Center, a campus of Quaker-related organizations in Center City, Philadelphia. Friends Center Corporation was organized in 1972 to oversee construction plans. It is responsible for managing the Friends Center property with the goal of furthering the beliefs and testimonies of the Reigious Society of Friends. Documents illustrate Quaker process in the world of business and construction. Includes minutes, financial, legal, blueprints, and related papers.
Deposited by Friends Center Corporation, Acc. 2018.066
Materials removed to FHL AV:
Cassette tapes 1975: Dedication of Friends Center - 3 tapes Cassette tapes 1974: Tape for slide file - 3 tapes: 1 Douglass Steere and 2 W. Camenisch. Slides presentation 1974: Script and slides Photographs: To be processed in FHL Pictures
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- Susanna Morikawa
- Finding Aid Date
- March 2021
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Repository.
Includes 1996 mission statement and 2000 vision statement, draft for 2003-2004 annual report
Includes financial reports and drawings for renovation
Reports and estimates
Rapid Response Team formally authorized on Sept. 23, 2008, to deal with immediate building concerns, 1520 Race Street.
Cope, Lippincott, Slifer
Thomas M. Moody and Associates, Inc. Joseph C. Tuinmna. Cope Lippincott Slifer, Architects
South Street Design Company designs for courtyard, with documentation
Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson
Reducing Plug loads
Energy options, Geothermal, steam
Concerning geothermal project, renovations
Geothermal site preparation
1917 plans for North 15th Street. Plans for Whittier, 1925.
Plan of utility lines
Whittier Hotel plan, Meetinghouse plan
1520 Race Street renovations
1501 Cherry Street general contractor bid set
Race St Meetinghouse renovation plan
Race St Meetinghouse & 1520 Race Street
Stakeout and framing for 1501 Cherry St
Plumbing and HVAC for 1501 Cherry St
Mech and electrical for 1501 Cherry
1st floor framing, 1501 Cherry
Footings and dowels, 1501 Cherry
Anchor bolt plan, 1501 Cherry
Steel columns, 1501 Cherry
Iron works, 1501 Cherry
Air handler and controls, 1501 CherryBeams and girts, 1501 Cherry
Beams and girts, 1501 Cherry
Plumbing supplemental, 1501Cherry
Race Street Meetinghouse plans
Race Street Meetinghouse as built
Basement HVAC floor plan, 1501Cherry
Steel job, 1501Cherry
Electrical, 1501 Cherry
HVAC with notes, 1501 Cherry
Site plan & organizational occupancy plan, Friends Center
Demountable partition system, basement (duplicate of part of general contractor set?)
"Friends Center and Meetinghouse blue prints"
PYM office fit-out, 1501 Cherry St
Meetinghouse basement renovation
Meetinghouse basement renovation (dupe?)
Electrical record set, 1501 Cherry
Friends Center Courtyard
AFSC: EMAP, 1997; 1501 Cherry St. 2nd florr, 2001.
1501 Cherry 2nd floor.
1501 Cherry penthouse and roof
Daley and Jalboot plans for study
MDF room and cooler (aka server room)
Meetinghouse structural assessment Keast and Hood
Meetinghouse plaster and structural repair
Transforming Friends Center
Renovation of 1520 Race Street
1501 Cherry, Elevator renovation
1501-1515 Cherry, Construction Issue, 12/18/2007
1501 Cherry, as built 1974. Pennsylvania Historical Commission
1501 Cherry, 2008, Licenses and Inspection
New Office building
Cope and Lippincott, miscellaneous plans, 1971-1974
Cope and Lippincott, miscellaneous plans. Folded, may be duplicates
Correspondence, Consilience Owner's Representative Services, Amendments to 1972 Friends Center Corporation, Equity Partners
November 2007 issue Friends Journal contains article on project.
City Paper, PYM News, Befriending Creation, Partners for Sacred Places, etc
Includes a DVD
Mark Ueland of UJMN Archtects and Designers
Flyers, attenders list, etc.
Officially ceased to function on June 30, 2010