Neighbors seek a new use for grand church – 201 Wilson Street

Strawbridge ChurchThe Strawbridge United Methodist Church has a rich history. First established in 1843 as the Howard Street Station, the church moved to a grand sanctuary on Park Avenue under the leadership of Rev. John F. Goucher in 1881. Unfortunately, over the past several years, the church deferred essential but costly maintenance resulting in a damaged roof and deteriorating interior. The building has been stabilized for now but estimates by the Methodist Church suggest that a substantial rehabilitation is urgently needed. A committee of neighbors from the Mount Royal Improvement Association is currently working to find a permanent solution for the preservation and rehabilitation of the building. To get involved contact the Alison Barkley, Executive Secretary of the Stawbridge Task Force at


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Strawbridge Methodist Church Records, 1843-1954, MS 1799