You are viewing 35 articles with the tag Central by the author Alan Jaffe

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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 (,” 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…

    • The 2009 photo contest winners included this shot of Augusta, Georgia's Historic Canal and Industrial District.

Focusing on the beauty of National Landmarks

Think of the gilded elegance of the Academy of Music, the Middle-Earth ambiance of the Moravian Tile Works, the menacing towers of Eastern State Penitentiary, or the sadly fading glory of…

    • William Steele & Sons used polychrome Art Deco ornamentation on the upper levels of the Terminal Commerce Building.

Gritty Callowhill is recognized as National Historic District

The newest national historic district in Philadelphia is not what you might expect. It isn’t a mall of Revolutionary landmarks, a neighborhood of Colonial homes, or a row of 19th-century brownstones.…

    • Look Up! An architect's legacy on Spruce Street

Look Up! An architect's legacy on Spruce Street

“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…

    • 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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