Help to restore and preserve a Victorian Mansion! Stay with a fun family! Philadelphia, USA!!


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    Hello to our Workaway Friends dying to get to the City of Brother Love, PA, USA! Volunteers work 10 hours a week, Sunday-Thursday from 7 AM 9 am. Vegetarian meals are included as are a great guest room! Workawayers are always welcomed to take mini trips to NYC, Atlantic City, Lancaster, and Washington, D.C. or wherever folks want to and can get to!

    Please read and review our needs. Do not contact us until you read and reviewed the Workaway Workbook. No introverts, please!

    We are restoring an 1892 Victorian mansion that we saved from the wrecking ball in 2010. The house was run into extreme disrepair, so there are TONS of work that needs to be done. In the 10 years that we've owned it we have replaced the very complicated roof, rebuilt the front porch, removed all of the old electric and replaced it with new. We have stripped and repainted half of the East wing, and have demo'd a dilapidated carriage house.

    (1) We prefer a long-term commitment of at least 4 weeks but would take someone for less time if it works for all.
    We need: People with carpentry skills to assist with rebuilding indoor stairs, hanging doors, plastering, spackling, indoor and outdoor stripping and staining wood, painting, sanding, restoring windows, cleaning, general housekeeping, and gardening etc.. People must be able to work independently with instructions. People must be details oriented. People must have exp. with power tools, and not be afraid to climb 3-stories of outdoor scaffolding. People must be mechanically orientated, be able to measure, problem solve, and be able to manage time, etc…

    (2) You must have some experience/skills with the above-mentioned tasks. MUST BE COMMITTED TO THE PROJECT AND WITHIN 48 HOURS OF ACCEPTANCE, YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE A COPY OF YOUR TRAIN /PLANE/BUS/TICKETS OR ITINERARY, ETC. We've had many people state an interest, agree to come, and then do not show which is detrimental to our moving ahead. Please research travel costs/dates/plans etc... before inquiring, AND most importantly, research your travel tickets before committing.

    (3) So that we know you have read our profile and needs, in your inquiry/response, please answer the following question: Q.) Why do you think it is important to preserve historical architecture?

    (4)This is a construction site. Please re-read our current needs before contacting us, and again, research your travel costs/dates/plans, etc...before inquiring.

    (5) Again, so that we know you've read the requirements, in your inquiry please answer the following question: Q.) Why do you think it is important to preserve historical architecture?

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The city of Brotherly Love has much to offer in terms of history, art, music, food, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, paddling, etc... Come and check us out! We will assist you in getting to the tourist sites/trails, etc....

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    You have to be someone who does not mind getting dirty and who enjoys preservation projects.

    Without the help of many hands the house would have been destroyed and townhomes/Apts. put up in it's place. By volunteering time, work and love, you are helping to save and preserve this structure so that it may remain and serve as a piece of history for generations to come. It is a vital key to the past.

    People are expected to be mature (in other words, clean up after yourself, be neat and clean), not smoke on the property, and no picky eaters (this is a vegetarian house), not be video game addicts, and generally be friendly, social people. This environment does not work well for introverts. The house is filled with fun, chatty people who enjoy life but not having to babysit other adults. . There are two cats on the property as well!

    People who enjoy living off the grid do well here. We have huge garden plots on our property that we share with the community. People who love history and who are social do well here.

    We are located in the city of Philadelphia. Bus stop is in front of the house, and there are several more buses in a 1-block radius. We are 10 minutes from Center City, museums, restaurants, pubs, parks, and walking distance to hiking trails, the Schuylkill River, Schuylkill Nature Center, theatres, restaurants, etc.... Philadelphia is a great city with many different cultures. There is a lot to see and do and we will assist you with getting around to take advantage of our beautiful city! We can lend you a bike, and/or a kyack!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Great Guestroom!
    Shared bathrooms., laundry, etc..
    THIS IS A VEGETARIAN HOME. We cannot accommodate complainers or picky eaters, All meals are vegetarian. There are 2 sweet resident cats who are indoor/outdoor.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located 15 minutes from downtown tourist attractions, museums, etc,...We are also in walking distance of Fairmount Park/Wissahickon/Gorgas Park, etc...where there are hiking/biking trails, rock climbing, kayaking, Schuylkill Nature center, John Heinz Nature Sanctuary, shops, restaurants, etc. All major buses stop within 1-block . Long-term workawayers are preferred, but we're willing to try out different situations. Come out and help the save the house and rebuild!

    This is a vegetarian home. This is an atheist home.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    max 2 hours, 5 days a week

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