Norristown Council Awards Contract to Restore Historic Selma Mansion




For Immediate Release                                                                            Contact: Gabriela Prete,

July 11, 2017                                                                                           Public Information Officer               



Norristown Council Awards Contract to Restore Historic Selma Mansion


NORRISTOWN, PA – At their June 20th workshop meeting, the Municipal Council of Norristown announced their intention to support preservation of the historic Selma Mansion.


Located at 1301 West Airy Street in Norristown, Selma Mansion was built by General Andrew Porter, a Revolutionary War Officer who was one of the first captains of the U.S. Marine Corps who also served Pennsylvania's Surveyor General in the early 1800s.  Other prominent residents of the this historic site were Porter’s sons, David Rittenhouse Porter, who served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1839 – 1845, George Bryan Porter, who served as Governor of the Michigan Territory, and his youngest son, James Madison Porter, who was Secretary of War for President Tyler and was a founder of Lafayette College in Easton. Another note of the Mansion’s historical significance is that General Porter’s Great Grandaughter was Mary Todd Lincoln, first lady and wife of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President. – Norristown Preservation Society


The construction contract for the Selma Mansion was made possible through a concession grant from Einstein Medical Hospital Center in conjunction with the demolition of the old Montgomery Hospital on Powell Street in 2016. The grant itself is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC). 


According to Municipal President Sonya Sanders, “Restoring this great historic building shows our respect for those that came before us, while preparing it up for the future of our community, we still want to maintain its heritage.”


Mara Restoration Inc. of Oreland was chosen as the lowest bidder to fulfill the contract totaling $20,000. The following scope of the work will include:


·      Exterior improvements to the stucco,

·      Stone restoration,

·      Modifications to existing gutters.


For more information please contact the Planning Department at 610-270-0450. 

Municipality of Norristown
235 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: 610-272-8080
Fax: 610-275-0687

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