The Hands Who Shaped the Home, Part 1

They were typically husband and wife pairs who lived on the property (first in special apartments in the Castle and later in the Superintendent’s Cottage, which was featured in our last newsletter), often with their families. What follows is Part One of a brief introduction to some of these incredibly hard workers who devoted their lives – some for a few months, others for a few decades – the Union Printers Home.

The Shifting Sand[stone] of Time

There are numerous buildings that used to stand at Union Printers Home that can give us a peek into the moments in time that they stood. We estimate that over time, there were approximately 20-30 other buildings that are no longer standing. Here is a brief profile of three of our favorites!

A place of rest, healing, and recovery

Union Printers Home historic image

Since its dedication in 1892, the Union Printers Home (originally called the Childs-Drexel Home for Union Printers, in honor of the Philadelphia businessmen who donated the initial funds that led to the creation of the Home) served as a place of rest and respite, healing, and recovery, and, most of all, love and support for the fellow laborer.


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