Treatment FOCUS: A Damaged Crayon Portrait from the Woodlands
Walk through West Philadelphia toward 39th Street and Woodland Avenue, and you’ll come across a landscape set apart from the industrial and residential areas that characterize much of the city. The Woodlands cemetery looks the same as it did in the 1840s, when Eli K. Price decided to build it on a former estate. He planned winding paths and planted thousands of evergreens, envisioning a beautiful, park-like space that would become a destination for Victorian outings. Today, Philadelphians living in the neighborhood that grew around The Woodlands still use it as a park, picnicking and playing among memorials to city celebrities such as artist Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), abolitionist Mary Grew (1813-1896), and surgeon Samuel Gross (1805-1884)—just as the cemetery’s founder intended.