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    • Visionaries Roundtable (l to r): Bryan Hanes, Inga Saffron, David De Long, Richard Snowden |  Marcos Salganicoff, Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Conservancy & Historical Society

Chestnut Hill roundtable looks to the past to plan for the future

For an evening focused on preserving historic buildings and protecting the landscape, there was a whole lot of talk about accepting development and preparing for change. But that was the point.…

    • Conservation easements on private properties in Chestnut Hill help manage development and protect the Wissahickon watershed  | Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Chestnut Hill group broadens focus to integrate preservation and conservation

Community efforts to preserve the historic character of Chestnut Hill’s built environment are expanding this year to protect its natural assets as well. The neighborhood’s historical society, founded in 1967, changed…

    • Esherick House exterior, after renovation | © Jeffrey Totaro

Restoration of Louis Kahn's Esherick House honored

One of the world’s best known midcentury modern homes, designed by one of the 20th century’s greatest architects and a renowned sculptor, will be in the spotlight this week for a…

    • 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…

    • (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…

    • A sign at 8200 Germantown Ave. indicates the Fresh Market will open in fall 2015. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Construction finally set to begin at 8200 Germantown Ave. site

For now, it looks more like an urban meadow than a grocery store, but a sign has sprouted in front of the six-foot-high grasses announcing that The Fresh Market is coming…

    • Susan Dannenberg, board chair of the Friends of the Cresheim Trail, points out the nine-mile project already many years in the planning and building stages / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Plans for 9-mile trail through Wissahickon stumble over section of Germantown Avenue

The Philadelphia region currently has several hundred miles of trails and spurs, where hikers, runners and bikers can travel along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the Wissahickon and its tributaries, and…

    • The 104-year-old house at 415 W. Moreland Ave. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

'Beyond repair' home at heart of historic-preservation battle in Chestnut Hill

The proposed demolition of a historically significant house and the subdivision of the lot for the construction of two new homes would set a dangerous precedent for Chestnut Hill, according to…

    • Amy Carolla owns Balance Chestnut Hill. She opened her business in Aug. 2008 / Brad Larrison for Newsworks

Independent gyms in Northwest Philly adapt to competition from big-box fitness chains

As physical workouts become a regular part of our lives, gym chains have become a regular part of our neighborhood landscapes. Big-gym franchises are nearly as ubiquitous as fast-food restaurants —…

    • Weinstein development projects

Local developer Ken Weinstein discusses plans for NW Philadelphia in 2014

The coming year is going to be busy time for development in Germantown and Mt. Airy if Ken Weinstein has anything to do with it — and he often does. Weinstein…

    • Copperwood Estate

Conservative institute withdraws variance application for Copperwood estate

Plans by a conservative nonprofit to transform one of Chestnut Hill's most esteemed mansions into a school and student residence have been withdrawn because of neighbors' objections. The John Jay Institute,…

    • Magarity Ford

Construction to begin within a month on former Magarity site in Chestnut Hill

Two years after Chestnut Hill residents and Bowman Properties began the fight over what would happen at 8200 Germantown – site of the former Magarity Ford – all parties are at…

    • tulpehocken station

Look Up! Train station welcomed residents to city’s first garden suburb

The Tulpehocken Station has been restored, but awaits a new occupant to serve commuters and visitors to Germantown.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

    • A courtyard is shared by the condominiums.

Look Up! A light Eyre design in Chestnut Hill

“Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details, all…

    • The front of the Margaret Esherick House allows light through two T-shaped windows.

Look Up! Chestnut Hill's Modernist Gems

“Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. Each week, the photo essay will focus on a different Philadelphia area neighborhood and its distinctive…

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