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    • The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine could become a boutique hotel.

GOP corporate tax cut bill include cuts to preservation tax credits, threatening historic reuse projects in Philly

Buried within the tax reform legislation working its way through Congress is an amendment that would preserve but diminish the value of the federal historic tax credit program, arguably the most…

    • Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, at Grays Ferry and Fitzwater, was converted into the Sanctuary Lofts apartments.

Proactive preservation workshop comes to neighborhoods on the edge

In many areas on the periphery of Greater Center City, there has been little effort to identify – let alone protect – significant historic buildings. Some neighborhoods have fewer than five…

    • East Park Canoe House | courtesy of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Restoration of East Park Canoe House wins preservation award

The long, low cousin of Boathouse Row – the East Park Canoe House – is back in operation and looking as handsome as when it opened more than a century ago.…

    • Former Rohm & Haas building, 6th and Market streets.

Historic nomination of Rohm & Haas Building takes layered approach

On Friday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s designation committee will consider an extraordinary nomination for the Rohm & Haas Building on Independence Mall. It is a three-part nomination, “like a Russian nesting…

    • 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…

    • 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 …

    • The Philadelphia Police Department will someday leave the Roundhouse for a new headquarters in West Philly. 

Preservation news during the past year featured re-use, new leadership and historic battles

2013 Historic Preservation Review   It’s been an interesting year on the preservation front, with new challenges and new voices raised in defense of historic buildings. There was also renewed interest…

    • The former Robinson women’s clothing store at 1020 Market St. still looks like a wave rising and cresting over the commercial beachhead.

Look Up! Two Mid-Century storefronts on the wane

The buildings on Market and Chestnut Streets were designed by renowned architects of the era, but they have since been altered and neglected. One will soon be demolished.   “Look Up”…

    • The iPic plan

Movie chain owner says only hope for Boyd is 8-screen complex

Preservationists will challenge plan to demolish Art Deco interior when the proposal comes before the Historical Commission next month.   The Florida-based movie theater company, iPic Entertainment, has begun showing previews…

    • firehouse demo notice

Owner of landmark firehouse to meet with civic group

A new demo notice has been posted on the South Philadelphia building, but the New York company has responded to requests to discuss the future of the site.   A new…

    • firehouse 46

South Philly neighbors hope to rescue 1894 firehouse

Demolition permits have been filed for the address of the former Engine 46 firehouse, which more recently housed a popular steakhouse.   Preservationists and Pennsport neighbors are rushing to save a…

    • The Robert Morris Building

Preservation awards honor major tax credit projects

Adaptive reuse of large-scale historic properties will be spotlighted when the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia presents its annual achievement awards on May 15. Three of the projects also took great advantage…

    • cboyce

New Alliance executive director values community benefits of historic preservation

Caroline Boyce comes to the Preservation Alliance position with a strong background in statewide advocacy, local planning and community development – and a passion for old amusement parks.   Caroline E.…

    • 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…

    • hale funeral home

Look Up! Recent redevelopment proposals for the Divine Lorraine and Keystone National Bank cast light on a lesser-known 19th-century architect, Willis Hale.

“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 Police Administration Building, 700 Race St., was designed in the early 1960s by Geddes, Brecher, Qualls & Cunningham.

Social media campaign to “Save the Roundhouse”: Penn grad students are staying ahead of the curve by mounting support before the city announces plans to raze the mid-century landmark.

It’s a building that many Philadelphians love to hate – a gray, concrete, distended kidney-shaped island rising in a sea of traffic. The Police Administration Building, better known as the Roundhouse,…

    • 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…

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