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Mission: House Museum works to preserve historically significant landmarks through the integration of site-specific art installations and community activations. We reimagine the function of vacant and abandoned properties, in order to transform them into culturally rich and productive spaces. Each installation, interior or otherwise, becomes an access point that connects the public to a constellation of city-wide exhibits. Our collective practice and careful research produces multi-dimensional work that directly responds to the architectural structure, social history, and local culture of each place. Generative youth-centered programs are designed to train the next generation in artistic development, historic preservation, archival practice, and entrepreneurship. Site by site, House works with and through neighborhoods to build a decentralized meta-museum network.


Impact: At the core of House Museum's preservation work is prophetic vision. The past cannot survive without the future, nor will a site remain relevant without active community engagement. Thus, each House Museum renovation and programming initiative is designed to foster life, and this life is intended to both radiate outwards, effecting the larger neighborhood, and gather inwards. Through adaptive reuse, physical structures are repurposed and reoccupied, with the goal of reducing the number of vacant and blighted properties throughout the city. Each open door offers locals access to quality artworks, educational resources, multidisciplinary programs, and/or craftsmanship workshops. House Museum is preserving the material past and anticipating use for future generations. We see proud and united communities who have safe places to gather, where inspiration flows continuously, and where the next generation of leaders can grow.


Builders: The organization's governance is generally structured, with monthly meetings and media updates that provide cohesion. There is currently no ruling board of directors, but rather a community of willing and skilled builders, whose participation varies on each project. With no shortage of crises in the nation, we are using our diverse backgrounds and skill sets to build something truly new. By training, we are artists of multiple disciplines, architects, historians, curators, and educators, but at heart we are builders. House Museum is primarily run and operated by free-will labor—on an economy of exchanged services—with projects and ongoing research supported by private donors and grants.


Isaiah 61:4 "They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will revive the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations." 




House Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, PA, USA.


Interested in contributing a vacant site or partnering with House? Please contact [email protected]



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"In my Father's house there are many dwelling places." John 14:2