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    • Proposed window alterations, 241 S 7th St.

Historical Commission reviews new Ritt-Fit new construction

In a brief meeting on Friday morning, the Philadelphia Historical Commission reviewed plans for nine new townhouses in the Rittenhouse-Fitler Residential Historic District, as well as a proposal to cut new…

    • Society Hill Towers, 1969 | From DVRPC, “A Report on Historic Preservation” (1969). Courtesy of the Edmund N. Bacon Collection, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.

In Conversation With: Greg Heller on Ed Bacon and his legacy

On the eve of the official launch of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Phiadelphia (University of Penn Press), author Greg Heller chatted with PlanPhilly's JoAnn Greco about…

    • Historical Commission

Philadelphia Historical Commission Reviews PFSF, Curtis, other projects

Applications that would alter two prominent public spaces were on the agenda of Friday's Historical Commission meeting, but it was a convoluted, albeit fascinating and layered, case in the Girard Estates…

    • The marker

New historical marker commemorates Frank Furness

Some 200 fans of Frank Furness, arguably the greatest of Philadelphia architects, clustered outside his home last Friday afternoon to witness the unveiling — amazing to think that one doesn't already…

    • Historical Commission grants conceptual approval to Lit Brothers building sign

Historical Commission grants conceptual approval to Lit Brothers building sign

The Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday issued a unanimous conceptual approval for a proposal to light the Lit Brothers building on East Market Street and to top it off with a sign…

    • Billboards encroach on a garage, cheek by jowl

Scenic Philadelphia looks beyond billboards

For the last three years, Mary Tracy has been wearing two hats, one as president of Scenic America and one as executive director of Philadelphia-based SCRUB, the Society Created to Reduce…

    • Proposed Lit Brothers signage

Architectural Committee of Historical Commission recommends denial of Lit Brothers signage

 In a close call, the Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission recommended approval today of a proposal to light up the Lit Building on the 700 block of Market Street.…

    • Greco/Cobblestone, Little Boy's Way, Old City

Look Down! Historic street paving thematic district

As I walked down a tattered little portion of Alter Street in Pennsport, I suddenly heard a window screech open. "I hope you're not going to pull up more of the…

    • Greco/Hawthorne Park

City's newest plot of public green space, Hawthorne Park, opens

A huge crowd stood happily baking in the sun today as city and state officials and community organizers praised the newest addition to the city's park system, one that, they said,…

    • Historical Commission allows Fossil project to proceed

Historical Commission allows Fossil project to proceed

This year's inaugural meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission saw a duly vigilant but ultimately tolerant group granting approval to all but one case.Only two public buildings were considered; offering…

    • Greco/Outside Family Court

Public Space as connector was an issue for Philadelphians in 2011

My beats are varied but, time and time again, public space is the connector. That Philadelphians feel strongly about this issue, too, is clear. Some of PlanPhilly's most-read stories addressed this…

    • 223 Monroe Street

Historical Commission's Architectural Committee tackles residential issues

In reviewing a quartet of projects that raised questions about exterior restorations and attendant roof replacements, and in one case, additions, today's relatively brief Architectural Committee meeting once again showcased how…

Historical Commission talks signs

Between several consent agenda items and a few withdrawn applications, today's Historical Commission Meeting was remarkably brief.After commissioners reviewed the remaining residential applications for about 15 minutes, Chair Sam Sherman,…

    • 1853 mansion on W. 40th and Pine streets.

Historical Commission hears about UPenn, Old City projects

After a lengthy bout of presentations, debate, and commentary, the Historical Commission Friday granted final approval to a University of Pennsylvania project that involves the erection of a 7-story apartment building…

    • Holding out hope for Mount Moriah Cemetery

Holding out hope for Mount Moriah Cemetery

On one recent Sunday afternoon, Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia was almost pastoral. Tidy rows of white stones, marking the graves of several hundred Civil War soldiers, gleamed in the…

    • Photo: VisitPhilly

Historical Commission's Architecture Committee hears about windows

Windows, more windows, and some more windows.On Tuesday morning, the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission sped through an agenda filled with applicants seeking to replace windows, install new windows…

    • A 12-year, $13 million renovation of the Family Court, including the interior, was conducted by the firm Kelly/Maiello.

Historical Commission designates Family Court interiors

With little fanfare and much enthusiasm, the Historical Commission approved historic designation for most of the interior of John Windrim's 1938 Family Court Building, at 1801 Vine Street. It also designated…

    • Monaco exterior

Historical Commission Approves Hotel, Reading Terminal projects

It wasn't easy, but the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, an adaptive reuse project of the Lafayette Building on Independence Mall, received approvals for much of what it was seeking at Friday's meeting…

    • Ghost Structures

Franklin Museum renovations challenged

May 13, 2010By JoAnn GrecoFor PlanPhilly On May 5, Independence National Historical Park announced that it was placing materials related to the rehabilitation of the Venturi, Scott Brown and…

    • Ghost House at Franklin Court

Making a built statement or just filling in

March 8, 2010By JoAnn GrecoFor PlanPhillyIn Philadelphia, the uneasy alliance between new and old buildings occasionally flares into combat. The resulting skirmish, says architect and historian Steven Semes…

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