On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia)

On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia) was a monument to a beloved symbol of Philadelphia neighborhood culture: the stoop.

Part of Monument Lab

Kaitlin Pomerantz's On the Threshold in Washington Square Park. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • location Washington Square
  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • completion date

    November 19, 2017

About the Project 

Kaitlin Pomerantz’s On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia) was a monument to a beloved symbol of Philadelphia neighborhood culture: the stoop, or step(s), as it is known in South Philadelphia. As Pomerantz writes, the stoop or step is “a threshold between private and public space…[it] functions as a site of social interaction, of relaxation, and of participation.” Responding to recent immense change and transformation across city neighborhoods, Pomerantz sought to intercept historic building materials that would otherwise end up in the waste stream. Over a period of six months, she collected marble, concrete, and brick from recently demolished buildings. The stoop materials were reconstructed on-site using historical and traditional masonry techniques, and lined the east side of Washington Square Park, creating an opportunity for sitting, gathering, and reflecting on Philadelphia’s past and its future. Washington Square Park’s history as both a public gathering place and unmarked cemetery sparked the idea for the project, which stimulated conversation about architectural and individual memory.

Sponsors 

Major support for Monument Lab projects staged in Philadelphia’s five squares provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. An expanded artist roster and projects at additional neighborhood sites made possible by the William Penn Foundation. Lead corporate support provided by Bank of America. Generous additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support for On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia) provided by Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers #1 PA-DE.

For a full list of funders click here.