You are viewing 46 articles by the author JoAnn Greco concerning Preservation

    • Historical Commission Dec. 2013

Historical Commission breezes through final 2014 meeting

As an early Christmas present to everyone involved, the Philadelphia Historical Commission held an impressively brief (15 minutes!) December meeting on Friday. That's not to suggest that the two cases under…

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Blatstein wins Historical Commission approval on mansion renovations

The Philadelphia Historical Commission on Friday granted conceptual approval to an application from developer Bart Blatstein to remove parts of a Rittenhouse Square estate (the so-called McIlhenny Mansion) and to build…

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Historical Commission denies Old City townhouses

Thanks to the postponement of a complicated application from developer Bart Blatstein that involves the individually-designated McIlhenny mansion, Friday's meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission was short and sweet. The biggest…

    • Historical Commission Sept. 2013

Historical Commission approves Family Court and A.J. Reach designations

In a relatively brief meeting on Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission reviewed just five cases, none of significant public impact. In a short discussion following its regular meeting, the Commission also…

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Historical Commission discusses "Public Interest," reviews Society Hill cases

The Philadelphia Historical Commission reviewed several Center City residential projects Friday, including one featuring new construction, and spent a considerable amount of time discussing its own operations. That last segment, which…

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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…

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In Profile: Richardson Dilworth, Historical Commission

Richardson Dilworth visited the Dilworth House on Washington Square just once as a little boy, but he's pretty sure that the fact that he and the house are inextricably linked —…

    • George T. Pearson House in Germantown

Historical Commission adds to register, approves Old City apartment

The Philadelphia Historical Commission approved the construction of a new residential building in the Old City Historic District on Friday, and added 14 new properties to the city's historical register. They…

    • George T. Pearson House in Germantown

New slate of historic designation recommendations

The homes of an artist and a boxer, a Horn & Hardart, a burial ground. The Philadelphia Historical Commission's Committee on Historic Designation recommended that these properties — and another eleven…

    • 1710 N. Fifth St

Crowd-funding a historic facade restoration

For the last few years, Tim Patton has been giving away his home-brewed Saint Benjamin beer at street festivals and during Philly Beer Week. Slowly, he's built a fan base of…

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Amid sound and fury, Historical Commission approves Feibush Cafe

A surprise — and quite dramatic — appearance by the City's Chief Integrity Officer, Joan Markman, capped the Historical Commission meeting on Friday morning. Ms. Markman was the last to testify…

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Historical Commission approves Drexel Project

The March meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission sped by in less than an hour on Friday morning. It was made expeditious by the fact that a much-anticipated discussion of proposed…

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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…

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Historical Commission denies legalization of latest Feibush project

Developer Ori Feibush has gained a reputation as a man who likes to take matters into his own hands — this summer, for example, he made headlines for his clean-up, and…

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Historical Commission's Architecture Committee recommends denial of Lit Brothers sign

In a unanimous decision Tuesday morning, the Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission recommended denying an application by Brickstone Realty to install a rooftop sign on top of the historic…

    • Talking schist. . .

Historical Commission drills deeper, examines materials

What looked to be a relatively uneventful lineup at Friday's meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission turned into a series of thoughtful discussions on the significance of materials to the historic…

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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…

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Historical Commission gives conceptual go-ahead to Toll Bros. New Market project

Nearly a year after Toll Brothers first announced its plan to build on the long-vacant New Market site in Society Hill, its proposed four-story, 69-condo development gained conceptual approval Friday from…

    • 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…

    • Episcopal Cathedral's brownstones on Chestnut Street

Historical Commission OKs demolition of Episcopal Cathedral's brownstones

The Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday approved the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral''s hardship application, granting it permission to demolish two historically designated rowhouses on its campus at 38th and Chestnut streets in order to…

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