The Oldest Public School in Pennsylvania is Heading for a Sheriff’s Sale. You can help save the Lower Dublin Academy, which is the most historic building in Northeast Philadelphia. By doing so, you will be supporting the legacy of William Penn's Surveyor General Thomas Holme.
Over the past several decades, much emphasis has been placed on Olde City in Philadelphia to protect important historic buildings and sites. Unfortunately historic buildings in Northeast Philadelphia have not received equal protection and have been neglected. There are many people, whether educators, historians, civic associations, historical societies, and volunteers who have been working together to preserve these buildings and sites in Northeast Philadelphia.
If you'd like to learn the history behind the Lower Dublin Academy, 3322 Willits Rd. Philadelphia. PA. 19136, built circa 1793, please read the whole story here.
The King’s Highway Foundation, along with the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Holmesburg Coalition, Trustees of LDA, and hopefully area politicians can save the building. We have written up a detailed plan of action as to what we plan to do with the property which you can read here.
The owner of the Lower Dublin Academy is supportive of the historic value of the property and has offered to transfer ownership of the building to the King’s Highway Foundation.
In exchange, the Foundation must settle any tax debts to the City of Philadelphia and make the building safe by getting insurance, repairing the roof, and installing new windows and doors.
We need your help to save this piece of American History!