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    • The firm of Venturi and Rauch designed this simple but expressive facade for the home of Venturi's mother.

Chestnut Hill to expand what qualifies as historic

Chestnut Hill is about to update its definition of "historic." Since the mid-1980s, the charming section of Northwest Philadelphia has been one of the largest historic districts on the National Register…

    • The Please Touch Museum must raise $10 million by March to meet the terms of its recent bankruptcy settlement. | Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum hopes to keep growing with the Centennial District

The dome of Memorial Hall and its statue of Columbia can be seen from across the Schuylkill and from miles away -- a symbolic high point in Philadelphia’s reputation, when 10…

    • Lynn Alpert hangs a heart on the Hale Building, February 2015. | courtesy of Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance

Young Friends bring new meaning and tactics to preservation battles

A growing network of young people is challenging the perception that historic preservation is an old activist’s game. Incorporating new communication and promotional tactics, as well as their professional training, the …

    • Queen Lane Apartments: West Penn St and Pulaski Ave. | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

PHA says Queen Lane Apartments on track for December opening

A little over a year since the dramatic implosion of the deteriorating, 16-story Queen Lane Apartments, a $22 million development of rental homes is close to completion on the site. Applications…

    • Jeffrey Allegretti, a member of WICA who wrote the historic nominations for the house at 145 Sumac and its twin home at 147, said that as part of the agreement the nominations have been tabled.

Civic group, developer reach agreement about future of historic Wissahickon property

A civic group's efforts to save a 19th-century Roxborough house have led to an agreement with the owner and developer to renovate the property with "historic sensitivity" and thereby maintain the…

    • (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Neighbors coming around to Chestnut Hill's towering 8200 Germantown Avenue project

They fought the zoning, the density, the size, and the impact of the construction process. But four years after the battles began over 8200 Germantown Avenue, the immediate neighbors are mainly…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

A matter of opinion in Fishtown: St. Laurentius estimates

As the battle over the fate of St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown moves into its next phase, a common paradox in preservation debates arises again: dueling estimates. Professionals hired by the…

    • The twin homes at 145-147 Sumac St. are described as rare examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Historic recognition won't save Roxborough house from demolition

Roxborough house that has had a demolition notice on the front door for more than a month was recommended for historic designation earlier this month. The Philadelphia Historical Commission's…

    • The twin homes are described as extraordinary examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Multi-pronged battle ahead for group of neighbors trying to save historic Wissahickon house

Neighbors are fervently trying to save a distinctive 1880s twin house in Roxborough from demolition, but they are waging difficult battles on several fronts. A demolition permit is posted on the…

    • Ridge Avenue Pocket Park site is located at 6170-72 Ridge, and the adjacent Allison Building, a former carpet store, is part of the plan. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Brains behind Spruce Street Harbor to take on vacant 'pocket park' along Ridge Avenue

A proposed green space in the midst of the Roxborough business district took a step toward the light on Thursday night. At an informal community meeting, longtime and new residents of…

    • Conrad St. demolition / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Blighted East Falls house, once the cause of protest, now being torn down

A deteriorating house in East Falls that sparked a protest last year — and many years of neighbors' discontent — is finally, if slowly, being razed by its owner. The house…

    • NewCourtland campus in Mt. Airy / Bas Slabbers

NewCourtland turns to community for input on EPPI site

The new owners of the sprawling site at 3232 Henry Avenue — the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute – don't have a formal plan yet for its transition into a campus…

    • Ridge Flats development 'one step' closer to reality

Ridge Flats development 'one step' closer to reality

Ridge Flats, the innovative and long-awaited residential development planned in East Falls, is apparently moving forward with a stronger financial foundation.  Grasso Holdings, which partnered with the developer Onion Flats, purchased…

    • The 550-foot stone-masonry retaining wall that separates the rear alley of houses along West Penn Street

$500K in repairs needed on East Falls retaining wall reflects citywide problem

Sections of a 550-foot-long retaining wall in East Falls built in the late 1920s are leaning, cracked, and unsafe, affecting the owners of 65 homes on either side of the wall.…

    • Settlement was made last month for the purchase of the site of the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls by NewCourtland Senior Services. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Residents await plans for former EPPI building in East Falls

Settlement was made last month for the purchase of the site of the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls by NewCourtland Senior Services.  The Pennsylvania Department of General Services…

    • This is how 5101 Rochelle Ave. looked in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Former blighted Rochelle Ave. property on road to recovery

A Philadelphia court has denied a petition from the Wissahickon Interested Citizen's Association to appoint a conservator for what had been a rundown former pizza shop building in Roxborough.  Common Pleas…

    • 5101 Rochelle Ave. in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Roxborough property owner faces conservatorship battle over once-neglected pizza shop

The dangerous conditions that resulted in Licenses & Inspections violations have been repaired. Delinquent taxes have been paid. And the owner of the property at 5101 Rochelle Avenue in Roxborough said…

    • A 96-unit apartment building is coming to this plot of land. (Matt Grady/for NewsWorks, file)

96-unit apartment building coming to Falls Ridge site

A proposal for a 96-unit residential building on a vacant parcel at the north end of the Falls Ridge tract in East Falls has been accepted by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. …

    • This small lot at 147 Gay Street — which offers spots for 30 vehicles — has become a flash point pitting residents against developers. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Parking issues pit residents vs. developers in pocket of Manayunk

Forget the Joni Mitchell song about paving Paradise. In Manayunk, the neighbors are fighting to save a parking lot.  In a section of the city where on- and off-street spaces are…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013

iPic expects to move forward soon on renovation of the Boyd

Lease negotiations are under way with new owner Pearl Properties   The long-suffering Boyd Theater is still waiting for its facelift, but the plans for its renovation seem to be getting…

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