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    • st peter s graveyard

Look Up! Leading architects from two centuries designed historic church

Robert Smith designed the pre-Revolutinary building. William Strickland added the steeple more than 80 years later.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical…

    • smythe stores

Look Up! The cast-iron palace of Old City

The 1857 Smythe Stores were beautifully restored and repurposed as residential units in the 1980s.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment.…

    • custom house railings

Look Up! An imposing presence on the eastern skyline

The U.S. Custom House is a blend of governmental authority and Art Deco power.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The…

    • 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,…

    • 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…

    • The St. Charles Hotel, 60-66 N. 3rd St., retains its mid-19th century exterior features.

Look Up! A well-preserved reminder of 19th-century hospitality

“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…

    • Staff of the Independence Seaport Museum waited for low tide, when the Olympia's decaying hull was exposed.

Museum puts giant metal band-aid on Olympia

The historic ship staff of the Independence Seaport Museum applied a 16-foot-long metal patch to the Cruiser Olympia on Tuesday, July 26, to help protect the ship’s deteriorating hull.The repair…

    • A view of the historic alley looking east from 2nd Street.

Look Up! Even Elfreth's Alley has issues

“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 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…

    • Hope for the Olympia? A rainbow springs from the stern of the ship following a recent storm.

Fundraising plan intended to save the Olympia from sinking

The plan to reef the historic Cruiser Olympia off the coast of Cape May calls for a party – a giant party! Thirty ships on review, 21-gun salutes, international dignitaries, fireworks…

    • 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…

    • Marsden House, Tacony | Alan Jaffe

Look Up! Henry Disston’s Company Town

May 3, 2010By Alan JaffeFor PlanPhilly“Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. Each week, the photo essay will focus on…

    • Girard Warehouse work

Girard Warehouses shored up

While area preservationists waged what were apparently last-ditch, losing efforts to save two architectural jewels on North Broad Street last week, a group of historic structures on the east side of…

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