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    • Frank Matero at 19th Street Baptist Church | Peter Woodall, Hidden City Philadelphia

Q&A: PennDesign's Frank Matero on preservation in Philly and around the world

Frank Matero has worked on the conservation of the Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük in Turkey, on the fortifications of Cairo, and the Native American ancestral grounds of Mesa Verde. He has…

    • Lower Dublin Academy, 2016 | Joseph Menkevich

Researcher works with ghosts of history to save Lower Dublin Academy

A Revolutionary-era schoolhouse in an unexpected location has been nominated to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places by an unlikely researcher. Lower Dublin Academy, built in 1803, is surrounded by an…

    • Olympia at Penn's Landing marina, 2016

Will new ways to experience Olympia keep the cruiser afloat?

Come hell or high water, she stays afloat. The cruiser Olympia, Philadelphia’s most historic ship, has survived wars, decommissioning, decades of neglect, a failed fundraising campaign, an unsuccessful search for…

    • Historic Building Elevation Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Source: PHMC, Jeremy Young

Philadelphia to be first big city with disaster plan to protect historic buildings

In a city whose identity is so closely associated with its historic sites, the effects of climate change and storms like Katrina and Sandy pose nightmare scenarios. What would Philadelphia be…

    • 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…

    • Rodeph Shalom daytime

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is set to become a beacon on North Broad

The slow but certain rebirth of North Broad Street has seen some surprising transformations and inspired proposals.   A former auto showroom, and later a state office building, became luxury apartments…

    • The former Max Levy Autograph Co. building on Roberts Avenue in Germantown

Former Germantown industrial site to house community preservation initiative

A vacant factory in southwest Germantown is the blank canvas for a new historic preservation experiment. The result probably won’t be a particular renovation or reuse plan for the local subject…

    • Morris brick

Look Up! Colonial house reborn as a boutique hotel

The Morris House Hotel has a modestly elegant presence, but a grand history.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo…

    • John Farnham, Laura Spina and John Gallery

The Executive Director of the Historical Commission defends the city’s record on protecting historic buildings and explains the challenges of the city agency.

PlanPhilly sat down on Jan. 23 with Jonathan Farnham, executive director of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, to discuss challenges facing the Commission and to discuss recent concerns and comments from the…

    • 19th street aaron and deacon

"A culture of despair” when it comes to preservation in Philadelphia

Earlier this month, PlanPhilly spoke with Aaron Wunsch, the new assistant professor of historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been instrumental in ongoing efforts to rescue the Frank…

    • The buildings along the 400 block of Chestnut Street made up a 19th century Bank Row.

Look Up! A marble tribute to a Civil War casualty

“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 entrance to the Arch Street Meeting House, 330 Arch St.

Look Up! Arch Street Meeting House is designated national landmark

Hundreds of houses of worship in Philadelphia, owned by major denominations, are vacant and in need of repair and restoration.  But the religious community received a ray of sunlight last weekend,…

    • Bartram’s Garden will be honored for the creation of its student-managed Community Farm and Food Resource Center.

Historical Society introduces awards for small, innovative sites

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is doing something for the little guys. The organization’s first History in Pennsylvania -- or HIP – Awards will be presented Oct. 19 at a luncheon…

    • A drawing of the Pennypack Creek Bridge by William L. Breton, circa 1830.

Preservation Row: A new marker for a bridge on Revolutionary road

Ongoing series casts light on historic and unique sites that may be at risk of deterioration or demolition. What local historians describe as America’s oldest stone arch bridge is not in…

    • The buildings along the 1900 block of Walnut have survived decades of residential and commercial evolution.

Look Up! Comings and Goings on Early Rittenhouse Row

“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 Sparks Shot Tower looks down on 19th century homes and 20th century wiring on narrow Carpenter Street.

Look Up! 19th century tower finds peace in the 21st century

“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 elegant entrance and diverse facades of Bookbinder’s were carefully preserved in a three-year restoration.t

Look Up! Bookbinder's is a timeline of Old City architecture

“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…

    • Church of the Assumption sold to developer

Church of the Assumption sold to developer

After four years of trying to raze the historic building at 11th and Spring Garden Streets, the social service agency that owns the Church of the Assumption has sold it and…

    • Thomas Ustick Water's white marble temple in Society Hill.

Look Up! Thomas Ustick Walter's classical columns

“Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on a different Philadelphia area neighborhood and its distinctive building styles and…

    • The main house after the fire on April 4.

Fire destroys Trumbauer-designed Main Line mansion

The Philadelphia area lost another of its grand manors on April 4, when a fire ran through Bloomfield, a Villanova estate designed in 1923 by Horace Trumbauer in the style of…

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