Keating Building Co. personnel have unearthed a bottle from the Matheson Hall site that offers a milky glimpse into the past.
Did the subterranean structures found by Keating construction personnel while digging beneath Matheson Hall carry any historic value?
Philadelphia zoning records indicate that there were residences along Market Street in the early 1900’s. In fact, the foundations of these homes were probably buttressed around the time the subway and trolley systems were built, dating their construction to an era of radical growth for the city of Philadelphia.
LeBow’s sources from Keating have verified that as of today, the demolition of Matheson Hall is 100 percent complete and that total site excavation is 90 percent complete.
If the project progresses at this rate, Keating expects to begin laying “mud slab,” the basis for what will be the foundation of the new building, by Jan. 1, with cement to be poured soon thereafter.
Worthy of note:
The four weeks it took to demolish Matheson Hall have been compressed into about 90 seconds in this time-lapse video.
Drexel has given me a wonderful lesson for life. Amongst the many, seeing Prof. Mercia Grassi for the first time in early 1995, as she brushed past me to take the elevator to the Economics Department, was memorable. The second time I met her was when she was putting her beloved paintings on Creese Student Centre at the end of Spring Term. That was when I went up to her and told her just how much I respected her, having heard so much about her. (Now ... I have never even taken her classes!).
Construction crews are making great headway in the demolition of Matheson Hall to make way for LeBow’s new building – it is more than 90 percent complete. Crews are working from east to west on knocking the building down. Their aim is to have the demolition complete by Thanksgiving, so they can begin working on creating the new building’s foundation.