Update- June 5, 2014
Today marked the 1 year anniversary of the building collapse at 22nd and Market. The event was attended by family members of the victims, members of the 22nd and Market Memorial Committee and city officials including Mayor Michael A. Nutter. The Girard College Junior Cavaliers lower school choir performed a variety of songs in remembrance.
Bishop Maryann McClain Mason offers an opening prayer
Mayor Michael A. Nutter
"This is one of the worst tragedies our city has experienced in modern times," said Nutter. "I can very easily speak for all Philadelphians, people in the region, many across the country and some even around the world, in saying that our hearts are still broken a year later."
Robert Coleman, fiancee of victim Kimberly Finnegan, Maggie Davis, wife of Borbor Davis and Nancy Winkler, mother of Anne Bryan, also spoke about their loved ones and their hopes for the future park.
"I now have a new duty, which I did not choose, a duty to mark and preserve the memory of these six fine people," said Winkler. "We need this memorial park to both remember and honor and to affirm life and to take a stand for a better Philadelphia, a city we all love."
"I love my husband dearly, The way we parted was not the right way." Maggie Davis speaks in memory of her husband Borbor.
Following the speeches, Mayor Nutter and family members planted a ceremonial tree at the site of the collapse. The tree will serve as a placard until the memorial park begins development next year. The design of the memorial to be placed at the park will be decided following a competition for students, teachers and alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Art
Nancy Winkler helps to plant a tree at the site of the future memorial park
Mayor Nutter sings "I Believe I can Fly" with members of the Girard College Junior Cavaliers, lead by director Paul Eaton
This campaign site will remain active for those interested to receive updates about the park. Additional donations can be made here. We thank everyone for their generous contributions.
Update- April 25, 2014
At today's 26th Workers Memorial Day, the victims of the 22nd and Market Building Collapse were amongst the 121 people honored from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.
Nancy Winkler, the featured speaker in the picture above, spoke about the loss of her daughter Anne Bryan. "My husband Jay and I believe it is our duty to stand up, to make sure what happened to our daughter and to the others on June 5 is not forgotten," she remarked.Joined by family members of victim Rosaline Conteh, members of the organization held a memorial breakfast and a march to Penns Landing not only honor those lost, but to encourage greater public safety standards.
An article on this event can be read Here.
Update: April, 1 2014
and Market Memorial Committee presented concepts for the planned memorial
park at a community meeting at the College of Physicians.
Anna Wik, a landscape architect at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, presented the general design concept for the park. Members of the
community were able to ask questions and make suggestions as the committee
seeks to create the most appropriate tribute. The official design contest will be launched shortly through a contest run by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
UPDATE: March 20, 2014
Mayor Nutter held a press conference to announce that the Salvation Army had agreed to give the land to the City of Philadelphia at no cost. Nutter, with City Council President Darrell Clarke, agreed that the land should be used as a memorial park. 22nd and Market Memorial Committee member Jerry Sweeney is to the mayor’s left in this photo from the announcement:
ABC News Coverage of this story can be found Here
On June 5, 2013, a construction building collapsed on a Salvation Army store at 22nd & Market Streets in center city Philadelphia. Six people lost their lives and 14 more were injured.
(Before and after shots of the collapse)
- Anne Bryan
- Roseline Conteh
- Borbor Davis
- Kimberly Finnegan
- Juanita Harmon
- Mary Simpson
(Anne Bryan, Kimberly Finnegan and Borbor Davis)
(Roseline Conteh, Juanita Harmon and Mary Simpson)
Our goal is to create a memorial park to honor the victims and serve as an oasis for residents in the center city business district.
Update - June 5, 2014
What We Need Funds raised will be to create, design and maintain the memorial park. A contest will be launched through the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art shortly for the design of the park. A sample rendering of what the park may look like is below:
(Perspective view standing at corner of 22nd and Market Street, looking towards Ludlow Street and the College of Physicians)
(Perspective view standing at corner of 22nd and Ludlow Street, looking towards Market Street)
(Preliminary concept plan of the Memorial Park)
(Memorials placed at the site of the collapse)
All those who work and live in Philadelphia have felt the impact of the building collapse. It is fitting, then, that the people of Philadelphia should now have the power to raise money and place a park at the location for everyone to enjoy. Any donation, large or small, will help pave the way to a safer, and more beautiful, Philadelphia.
The sketch below was created by Anne Bryan, a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, shortly before the collapse. It's a pencil sketch of the Nike (winged victory) of Samothrace: it has become a special logo for the 22nd and Market Memorial Committee, it serves as a memory artifact from Anne, symbolizing victory over death.