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    • Mixplace Studio students spoke at the historic spot Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Freedom Now Rally
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Trolley tour takes memory lane trip on Lincoln Highway

Philadelphia is home to a lot of the country’s first, but it is not often lauded as home to the first transcontinental highway, which thanks to Lincoln Highway, it is. This…

    • Skyline Sunset
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Building Philadelphia lecture series returns March 11- May 20

Ever wished for a comprehensive crash course in Philly’s development and design history? The Center for Architecture’s annual "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics" 10-part lecture series, starting Tuesday, has you…

    • 1995 demolition of Burk Brothers complex, photo by Jennifer Baker

From industry to abandonment, artist's mecca to hipster haven, new exhibit tells tale of Northern Liberties

Affordable real estate brought artist Jennifer Baker to Northern Liberties in 1978. “When I moved to this neighborhood, there was a lot of industrial space, and row houses, too, that were…

    • All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers & Sailors
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Black History Month events for the plannerly

All month long, Philly is buzzing with activities in celebration of Black History Month. We thought we’d highlight a few events that tie in to the built environment. Museum Without Walls:…

    • The Marian Anderson Residence Museum is just around the corner from Union Baptist Church, where she performed as a child
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Marian Anderson Historical Society opens its doors for MLK Day of Service

The Marian Anderson Historical Society opened the doors to famed contralto Marian Anderson's home yesterday. The open house and senior citizen luncheon honored the memories of Dr. Martin Luther King and…

    • Decorating Laurel Hill

Get "charmed" by Fairmount Park gems

Each year, groups of hardy volunteers make sure the Charms of Fairmount Park are decked out in seasonal swag for two festive weeks. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs…

    •  Roosevelt Boulevard from Oxford Circle, 1927 | (Image #7688) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Roosevelt Boulevard, Oxford Circle and beyond in 1927

This week the great hyperlocal news site NEastPhilly.com announced that they’ll cease publication on December 31, 2013. So in tribute to their five years of devoted Northeast Philly coverage, we turn…

    • Baker is looking for more neighborhood artifacts to include in the exhibit
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From world's workshop to hipster mecca: Northern Liberties artist curates community history exhibit

In a warehouse dating back to 1892, once the home of a publishing company, later occupied by a somewhat illicit business and finally converted into artist lofts, longtime Northern Liberties artist…

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Expansion approved for North Broad synagogue

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is set to undertake a $13 million expansion of its synagogue at Broad and Green streets, which was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register…

    •  Schuylkill River from South Street, December 31, 1927. | (Image #7123) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Schuylkill River from South Street, 1927

In honor of the Schuylkill bridges sporting new lighting here's a look back at these crossings from December 31,1927 looking north from above South Street with a view of the hard…

    • 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…

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Look Up! Colonial house reborn as a boutique hotel

The Morris House Hotel has a modestly elegant presence, but a grand history.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo…

    • Reading Terminal and beyond. March 31, 1927 | (Image #7283) Aero Service Corp, courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Reading Viaduct and Callowhill, 1927

It’s been an age since we featured a vintage view of Philly from above, but here’s an especially apt one in advance of the Rally for the Rail Park on Saturday.…

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Dyottville Glassworks artifacts may be below Wynn Philadelphia site.

Wynn Philadelphia says artifacts from Dyottville Glass Works may lie beneath two small sections of its proposed 60-acre casino site. But the president of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum, who led a…

    • Many of the original details remain
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Touring the Schuylkill's historic gazebos with the Parks Alliance

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) upstream, the Schuylkill River’s eastern bank has four gazebos dating back to the 1800s, originally built to capture views of the city’s impressive water…

    • Philadelphia History Museum
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Staycation: Philadelphia History Museum

Just around the corner from the heart of Independence National Historical Park is the Philadelphia History Museum - a marble Greek revival gem, tucked into a row of modernist buildings. Philadelphians may…

    • Quinn Evans' new museum entry
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Benjamin Franklin Museum leaves bicentennial behind, reopens after two-year renovation

Benjamin Franklin is a nearly mythic part of Philadelphia’s creation story and his presence is embedded in the city’s DNA, a storyline woven through our civic and cultural institutions. While he’s…

    • 40th Street Walking Party, Photo Courtesy of Alethea Rockwell
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Mixplace students lead 40th Street walking party to move the conversation forward

Last week nine teens participating in Mixplace Studio led a walking party on 40th Street from Walnut to Wallace streets. The idea was to spur a moving dialogue about 40th Street…

    • Bethel AME burial ground | 1826 Philadelphia Atlas, Samuel Smedley | philageohistory.org
    • A page in 'Poor Richard's Almanack' for 1733.
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Staycation: Rosenbach Museum & Library Hands-On Tour

If you’re not the outdoorsy, sun-worshiping type, chances are you’re spending the dog days of summer searching for shade, hiding in air-conditioning, and burying your nose in summer reading. This Staycation’s…

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