The Historic Committee was formed by the Borough for the purpose of exploring ways to save meaningful older buildings from being destroyed and to keep the rich history of Schwenksville intact for future generations. This is in recognition of the fact that the historic architecture of the town is one of its biggest assets. It is also one that is easily lost or eroded over time.
The Committee invited Mr. Michel LeFevre, of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau for Historic Preservation, to speak at a Planning Commission Meeting June 4th. This was an informative session and the Historic Committee was encouraged to submit a Historic Resource Survey Form as a “first step” in what is typically a very long process. Its purpose would be to present the historic resources of Schwenksville for consideration and feedback by the state commission. It was also emphasized that there are many options available to the Borough in preserving its assets. The creation of a formal historic district is only one of these options. Public information and input in the historic preservation process is required for success. In addition to the fact that property values generally increase over time, “a well administered historic preservation program…makes for an economically viable and vibrant place to work and live,” states Mr. LeFevre. He cites the success of local towns like Phoenixville and Doylestown.
The Committee has been working on the Historic Resource Survey Form since March and expects to have it completed in November. Thanks to their hard work, it will be completed at little cost to the Borough. The submission does not commit the Borough to any course of action, nor does it restrict property owners from making changes to their properties.
Main Street Welcome Mural – Schwenksville Train Station
The “Welcome Mural” depicts an image of the original Schwenksville Train Station as it would have looked at the turn of the last century with a train heading north. The mural was painted by Phoenixville area Urban Landscape Artist Teresa Haag, who says of her work “I tell stories through cityscapes. Old buildings and streets have so much to say and I try to share that through my work.”
The Schwenksville mural is a nod to the borough’s historic past when growth in the town was fueled by the advent of the “Iron Horse” and its location along the Perkiomen Creek that made it a rural retreat for city dwellers who arrived by train. It also represents the borough’s desire for future growth and revitalization centered along Montgomery County’s Perkiomen Trail that now inhabits the old rail bed and stands yards away from the Welcome Mural.
“The Welcome Mural – Schwenksville Train Station” was funded by Montgomery County through the Montco 2040 Grant Program and Schwenksville Borough and was completed in June, 2017. It was completed in partnership with Michael and Julia Sabo, owners of 350 Main Street.
For a historical look back on the significant role trains played in Schwenksville’s history please read Roy Miller’s Schwenksville Railroad Station Narrative.
For a look back in time, please view our collections:
Lee Ann Miller