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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…

    • 'Kings Highway' director Jason Sherman filming a scene of the documentary (Photo courtesy of Jason Sherman)

Local filmmaker documents long history of Frankford Avenue in ‘The King’s Highway’

Local historians and preservationists have a powerful new media tool in The King’s Highway, a documentary that began airing on WHYY in June. The film tells the story of what’s…

    • 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…

    • Visionaries Roundtable (l to r): Bryan Hanes, Inga Saffron, David De Long, Richard Snowden |  Marcos Salganicoff, Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Conservancy & Historical Society

Chestnut Hill roundtable looks to the past to plan for the future

For an evening focused on preserving historic buildings and protecting the landscape, there was a whole lot of talk about accepting development and preparing for change. But that was the point.…

    • 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.…

    • Conservation easements on private properties in Chestnut Hill help manage development and protect the Wissahickon watershed  | Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Chestnut Hill group broadens focus to integrate preservation and conservation

Community efforts to preserve the historic character of Chestnut Hill’s built environment are expanding this year to protect its natural assets as well. The neighborhood’s historical society, founded in 1967, changed…

    • 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…

    • 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 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…

    • Reprieve granted for historic Spring Garden church

Reprieve granted for historic Spring Garden church

Hold the wrecking ball. The Church of the Assumption received a pre-holiday gift Tuesday from the Board of Licenses & Inspections Review, which granted a stay on the demolition permit pulled…

    •  The “Genius of Knowledge” watches over visitors to the former Drexel Institute building.

Look Up! An American classic at the heart of an urban campus

“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 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 church at 1253 S. 19th St. is an outstanding example of Furness & Hewitt design, with a distinctive serpentine façade.

Landmark Furness church on the road to salvation

It has survived decades of urban upheaval, deferred maintenance and, in just the past year, two hurricanes and one small earthquake. Now it looks like the stubbornly standing 19th Street Baptist…

    • 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…

    • The design of Dolobran, 231 Laurel Lane in Haverford, began in 1881 and continued until 1895.

For Sale: Haverford Home by Furness

On the 100th anniversary of his death, a full-blown, citywide celebration of 19th century architect Frank Furness is under way. A historic marker was dedicated last week at the house where…

    • John Gallery addresses winners at the Preservation Achievement Awards in 2011.

John Gallery looks back on a decade of historic preservation

John Andrew Gallery, the executive director and soft-spoken lion of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, will leave the position at the end of 2012. The organization announced it would conduct…

    • The Wyck Historic House was built in the 1700s and modified by William Strickland in 1824. Photos courtesy of Wyck Association.

National grant supports programming at historic Germantown site

One of the oldest residential sites in Germantown and a keystone in the revival of the neighborhood’s commercial corridor has received a national grant to support the growth of its programs.…

    • 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 Greek Revival façade at Broad and Pine Sts. has been a city landmark since 1824.

Look Up! Greek Revival marries Victorian Gothic at Broad and Pine

“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…

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