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    • A short trot from the park, the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square was stable row in the late 1800s.

Look Up! Rittenhouse Square's stable row

“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…

    • Edison High School's gargoyles couldn't protect it from its decline in the last decade.

Lehigh Avenue's 'Castle' began as innovative educational beacon

Interior photos credit: Jeremy MarshallFlickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42027537@N06/ An extensive fire on Aug. 3 at the former Thomas Edison High School may have been an appropriate final chapter for a building…

    • Neighbors say the buildings at 2012-30 West Girard Avenue are an important part of Francisville's historic corridor.

Francisville in battle to preserve West Girard buildings

Francisville, a North Philadelphia community that has undergone a remarkable redevelopment in recent years, is now trying to protect a part of its history from the tide of change. At a…

    • The church was built by architect Patrick Charles Keely in 1848-49.

L&I review board supports civic group's appeal to save church

The historic Church of the Assumption on Spring Garden Street was thrown a lifeline today, when the Board of Licenses & Inspections Review voted in favor of a civic group’s appeal…

    • Dilworth House

Two cases test the legal teeth of the Historical Commission

The owners and the neighbors of the Church of the Assumption are waiting for the next ruling on the fate of the historic building – a decision of the Board of…

    • Looking east on the 100 block of Delancey Street.

Look Up! Contemporary neighbors in Society Hill

“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…

    • The building at 1619 Thompson St. is viewed as

Urban preservation group issues SOS for favorite sites

One of the more eclectic – one might say quirky - lists of endangered sites in the Philadelphia area was compiled last year by the non-profit group Save Our Sites.…

    • The Cruiser Olympia will be the topic of a summit meeting early next year to find a new steward for the ship.

Last call for the region's most endangered sites?

The final days of the year are when we take an accounting, including preservation organizations that compile their lists of those structures that may be facing their final days. The Preservation…

    • Overgrowth and vandalism can't conceal the grandeur of the former Nugent Home for Baptists.

Preservation Row: A new chapter opens for West Johnson Street landmarks

West Johnson Street is a straight line through the historic communities of Mount Airy and Germantown, best known for what occurred in October 1777 at Cliveden. That’s where British soldiers successfully…

    • A 12-year, $13 million renovation of the Family Court, including the interior, was conducted by the firm Kelly/Maiello.

A move to preserve the interiors of the Family Court building

When the designation committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission meets Nov. 2, it will hear the nomination of the first building interior since the passage of the new preservation ordinance in…

    • The steeple of the Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church has watched over the Southwark neighborhood since the mid-1800s.e

Preservation Row: New life for landmark church in South Philadelphia

While the struggle continues over the future of the Church of the Assumption in Callowhill, another distinctive religious building appears to have a much brighter horizon. The Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church…

    • The Knowlton mansion sits on a 12-acre site at 8001 Verree Rd.

Look Up! 19th Century rural retreats in Northeast Philly

“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…

    • Among neighborhoods that have made strides this year is East Logan, which is on the verge of achieving historic district status.

Conference to focus on building strengths of 'middle-market' communities

The future of a neighborhood can be secured by preserving its past. That’s one of the messages that will be shared at the Oct. 8 conference, “A Sense of Place: Preserving…

    • The Church of the Assumption was placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 2009.

State historical commission seeks to block Church of the Assumption demolition

(PlanPhilly intern Kimberley Richards contributed to this article)The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has entered the battle over the fate of the Church of the Assumption, with its chairman Wayne…

    • Julia and Igor Frayman, with Ava, in front of the Bouvier Building.

Preservation Row: Historic Bouvier Building begins its transformation

Its insides are all but gutted and its exterior still looks forlorn. But there is an energy buzzing around the long-embattled Bouvier Building these days. The restoration of the historic brick…

    • The Church of the Assumption, on the 1100 block of Spring Garden, is a neighborhood landmark.

Historical Commission approves demolition of 19th-century Church of the Assumption

An almost evenly divided Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Friday to allow the demolition of the historic Church of the Assumption, the 19th-century structure at 1123-33 Spring Garden Street. Five commission members…

    • Ben Leech's drawing of an

New blog brings an artist's eye to historic preservation

It’s part secret cinema, part New Yorker portraiture, part soft-boiled detective. “Field Notes (http://fieldnotesphilly.wordpress.com),” the month-old blog on the website of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, takes a…

    • Historical Commission committee OKs owner's request to demolish historic church

Historical Commission committee OKs owner's request to demolish historic church

The Church of the Assumption, the historic 19th-century church at 11th and Spring Garden Streets, moved closer to demolition on Tuesday, when the architectural committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted…

    • With the stained glass removed years ago and the replacement window long since destroyed, the interior is open to the elements.

Without a buyer, historic church remains in limbo

The Church of the Assumption, which was placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in May 2009, remains a source of contention between the owners and the surrounding community, as…

    • Proposed project

New PHA home clashes with neighborhood

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is planning a new home for its offices at 2012 Chestnut St., which had previously served as PHA headquarters. But the design of the new building has…

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