inn’s historic exchange shines after restoration This past summer, the venerable Exchange enjoyed a total historic renovation, returning it to much of its original grandeur. The project was funded by a generous grant under the leadership of John Soroko, the William B. Dietrich Foundation, which previously helped restore the Henry Library just down the hall, and a gift from the students and parents of the Class of 2018. The Exchange, the old lobby of the Inn, is named after “the exchange” of money that took place as hotel guests checked in and out. This entrance, and the two halls that extend on either side of it, retain the same dark wood paneling that Inn guests would have seen in the 1880s. Restoration work included refurbishment of the millwork, installation of period lighting, refinishing of the original hardwood floors, reconstruction of the reception desk, and replacement of all doors and transoms to replicate the original design. Other work included plaster repair, painting, and significant electrical work. Head of School Steve Druggan—who enjoys an office right off The Exchange— notes, “It’s exciting to see one of the school’s unique campus gems restored with such detail and care. Our students and the whole school community will be the beneficiaries for years to come.”
sch wins preservation recognition award from chestnut hill conservancy This January, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was a recipient of a Preservation Recognition Award from the Chestnut Hill Conservancy. This award honors outstanding restoration projects within the Chestnut Hill National Register Historic District that serve as “a striking gift to Chestnut Hill today— and far into the future—and an inspiration for others as they care for their own buildings.” The award was for SCH’s historic restoration of the Wissahickon Inn’s Exchange. “We are fortunate that SCH made this commitment to one of Chestnut
Hill’s most treasured buildings,” said Shirley Hanson, chair of the Preservation Committee. “In addition to the grant you received for the restoration, we appreciate the extra care and thought that you and others contributed to the results.” Pictured, back row l to r: Justin Dougherty ‘20, Sena HouessouAdin ‘19, Alexia Lindsay ‘19, Head of School Steve Druggan. Front row, l to r: SCH Director of Development Jennifer McHugh ‘84, Conservancy Board President Eileen Javers, Bobby Hill ‘19 , and chair of the Preservation Committee, Shirley Hanson.
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