The Wissahickon Mills Foundation's primary purpose is to preserve and maintain the structure of the historic Robeson's Rolling Mill.
The Wissahickon Mills Foundation, a Pennsylvania 501.c.3 recognized nonprofit corporation, was founded on June 30, 2022, to raise the funds required to repair and preserve the historic Robeson's Rolling Mill, home for more than a century to the Philadelphia Canoe Club.
The most recent Hurricane Ida flooding starkly highlighted this urgent need. Over time, floodwaters have eroded gaps between foundation stones. Damage shows in deep air pockets, where mortar washed away. These gaps are found along a 60-feet-long stretch of the foundation on the Wissahickon side, with many between 1 to 2 feet deep.
In July, Philadelphia Canoe Club members voted unanimously to hire Axis Stabilization to replace missing mortar to help stabilize the building. In August, volunteers will build a coffer dam to hold back creek waters. Then, Axis crews will inject concrete mortar.
This campaign seeks to raise $12,000 to pay for this specific project.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Wissahickon Mills Foundation's primary purpose is to preserve and maintain the structure of the historic Robeson's Rolling Mill. This step, achieved in July, was the 1st important advance of the new foundation’s nonprofit status*, ability to raise funds required to maintain and preserve this historic structure, and continue the tradition of teaching and sharing paddle sports with the Philadelphia community.
*The Foundation filed for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and received on August 1 notice that it is "exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to you under IRC Section 170. You're (the Foundation) also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522."
Mortar gaps in building foundation to be repaired: