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    • The 5600 block of Ridge Avenue sits within a new historic district.

Historical Commission approves Ridge Avenue district

The Philadelphia Historical Commission granted protections to 188 buildings along a five-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough on Friday, creating the largest new historic district the city has seen since…

    • Hickman Temple AME Church, its facade reinforced and its doors open for its first Sunday service since April 2017.

Hickman Temple AME celebrates a win in the effort to preserve its historic church

Hickman Temple AME dominates the corner of 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. This block-long, century-old church of slate and stone is a neighborhood icon in Cedar Park, a…

    • Freedom Theatre's exterior, where some flaking of the facade's surface can be seen above the sign facing Master Street.

Freedom Theatre's venerable home struggles to rebound from a very wet season

Freedom Theatre is having a tough year. For decades, this sprawling 1850s-mansion in North Philadelphia served as a vibrant hub for African-American artists, but the building — and the historic institution…

    • The 100 block of Mole Street -- virtually all of it -- in Center City.

An intimate rowhouse block holds its own as towers rise around it

The 100 block of North Mole Street looks like a lot of older rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia, but with more trees. The shaded street, with its neatly kept brick homes, feels…

    • The Royal Theater's facade

No about-face on facadectomies in Philly just yet: They're still pretty rare here

On South Street, the front exterior of the Royal Theater still stands, encased in steel. The ornamented brick façade of the historic entertainment complex is all that is left of the…

    • Jewelers' Row, September 2016

Historic preservation task force notes other cities' policies as it charts its own course

On Thursday, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force released an outline of preservation challenges facing the city paired with policies other major American cities have adopted to protect notable aspects of their…

    • A rendering of a bus shelter at 10th and Chestnut streets with a restored art panel installed.

Stained-glass panels to get a second life at Chestnut Street bus shelters

At the beginning of 2017, the Philadelphia Art Commission slammed the brakes on a plan to scrap Pablo Tauler’s stained-glass Chestnut Street bus shelters as part of the proposed installation of…

    • A rowhouse demolition. | Phillytrax, EOTS Flickr Group

Efforts to tear down `imminently dangerous' buildings get a $2m budget lift

In the recently approved city budget, Mayor Jim Kenney secured $2 million to accelerate demolition of vacant buildings the Department of Licenses and Inspections considers dangerous. Philadelphia suffers persistent problems with…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius still stands in Fishtown, though more precariously

Fishtown’s St. Laurentius has seen better days. The 130-year-old-plus former Catholic Church is surrounded by a scraggly fence. Scaffolding wraps around its base, and black strips of netting covers stretches of…

    • The William & Letitia Still House, an Underground Railroad station, is newly protected by historic designation.

Found in South Philadelphia, an Underground Railroad station

From the outside, 625 South Delhi Street looks like an average Philadelphia rowhouse. But in the 1850s, it was home to Underground Railroad leaders William and Letitia Still. Within the house’s…

    • 702 Sansom rendering of Toll Bros. project, from 7th and Sansom | January 2018

Toll Bros. unveils new design for Jewelers' Row tower

Toll Brothers has released new renderings of the controversial condo tower it plans to build in the middle of historic Jewelers’ Row. At a meeting of the Washington Square Civic Association…

    • spruce hill in winter

Historical Commission to begin considering historic districts after years, sometimes decades, of delay

For the past decade, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission has only granted protections to a handful of individual properties each year. As the pace of development escalates, and more remarkable buildings are leveled, preservationists…

    • The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has fought the proposed demolition of a portion Jeweler's Row by the Toll Brothers

Historical Commission punts again on Jewelers Row

Once again, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission decided to punt on the contentious Jewelers’ Row case. On Friday, the commission tabled their decision on the historic significance of 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street…

    • Jewelers' Row (704-708 Sansom St.), as it appeared in September 2016.

Demolition permits issued for Jewelers' Row buildings

On Wednesday afternoon the Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) issued the demolition permits to raze buildings on Jewelers Row. The move comes in advance of a Thursday morning Historical Commission…

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