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    • Save Our Church sign on St. Laurentius, March 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

St. Laurentius: Score one for the Underdogs

In this Community Contributor piece longtime PlanPhilly advisor and Fishtown native Michael Greenle reflects on the recent designation of St. Laurentius Church as historic, and what this underdog's victory means.  Growing…

    • The Royal was once the queen of west South Street.

Philadelphia Historical Commission Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 10 July 2015

The Philadelphia Historical Commission is the city’s principal public steward of historic resources. Please be reminded that the Historical Commission will hold its 635th Stated Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday,…

    • The Royal's masonry is in fragile condition due to mortar loss and extensive biogrowth.

Royal Theater's reuse not feasible without subsidy

After 45 years of vacancy, is the historic Royal Theater so far gone that its reuse is no longer feasible? The Royal’s owners will have to convince the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

    • 709 Chestnut | Roseland

Commission approves apartment tower at 7th and Chestnut

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Tuesday to approve a 32-story apartment tower on the 700 block of Chestnut Street, following the recommendation of its Architectural Committee. The tower would be…

    • The twin homes are described as extraordinary examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Multi-pronged battle ahead for group of neighbors trying to save historic Wissahickon house

Neighbors are fervently trying to save a distinctive 1880s twin house in Roxborough from demolition, but they are waging difficult battles on several fronts. A demolition permit is posted on the…

    • PSFS, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

PSFS lighting: Committee rejects switch from neon to LED

Four letters have spelled Philly since 1932: PSFS. High above 12th and Market streets, two 26-foot high PSFS signs have been illuminated by parallel tubes of red neon for 83 years.…

    • Update: Commonwealth Court upholds Dilworth House appeal

Dilworth House can be partly demolished, Court says

It’s been almost eight years since the Philadelphia Historical Commission ruled that the owners of the Dilworth House on Washington Square could remove a portion of the building and replace it…

    • The Philadelphia Demolition Commission | Illustration by Michael Bencik
Eyes on the Street

The Boyd's Demise and the Philadelphia Demolition Commission

As wrecking crews reduce Boyd Theatre's once-grand auditorium to rubble, Community Contributor Michael Bencik offers this rumination on the Boyd's demise and the layered failings of the city's historic preservation community…

    • 418-420 Wood Street

Historical Commission approves Wood Street redo; Race St. condos and Chestnut St. designations

Last Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission granted final approval for property owner William Nadu and applicant Logan Dry of Abitare Design Studio to modify a property at 418-420 Wood St., that…

    • Blue Horizon interior

Historical Commission to decide whether to protect Blue Horizon

For the past five years, a small group of developers has been trying to gather the money to turn North Broad Street’s Blue Horizon—formerly a Moose Lodge and later, more famously,…

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Logan Branch of Free Library gets green light for front facade improvements

A supplemented and revised application to constuct an ADA ramp and addition to the historically designated Logan Branch of the Free Library was reviewed and granted final approval by the Historical…

    • 1501-1505 Fairmount Ave. / Ben Leech

Historical Commission approves designation for art deco garage

The Historical Commission Friday agreed with the recommendation made by its Committee on Historic Designation that an art deco garage on Fairmount Avenue be designated historic. The 85-year-old structure, designed by…

    • Spafford House 626 Front St., then and now

Historical Commission approves redo for Georgian jewel and amends hardship case language

One of our finest examples of early Georgian architecture, the William Spafford House at 626 Front St., came before the Philadelphia Historical Commission - once again - and Friday the full…

    • 40th and Pine, November 2013

Mansion at 40th and Pine goes before Historical Commission again

Last week, the financial hardship committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to approve a request from the University of Pennsylvania and developer Jonathan Weiss to amend its May 2012 approval…

    • Blue glazed bricks on Waverly Street

Historical Commission: Paving the way for street preservation progress

If you ramble down Alter Street in Pennsport and look down, you'll notice wonderfully lustrous rectangles of blue glazed granite. You will also see patches of asphalt marking the street in front…

    • Architect Cecil Baker shows Historical Commission members design details

Historical Commission calls for 500 Walnut design approval

The Scannapieco Development Corporation's concept for a 26-story, multi-family, uber-luxury residential tower on a currently vacant lot at 500-05 Walnut Street came before the full Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday with the applicants…

    • Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street

From Blue Horizon to Catholic art: 2014's slate of historic nominations

From cobblestones to push pins, auto-oriented art deco to boxing, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation heard eight applications covering a broad spectrum of Philadelphiana on Wednesday morning,…

    • 500 Walnut / Scannapieco Development Corp.

Committee reviews 26-story glass condo tower proposed for 5th and Walnut

“What we’re selling to is a market that wants floor-to-ceiling glass,” said architect Cecil Baker, explaining his design for a 26-story residential tower at 5th and Walnut streets to the architecture…

    • Warner Brothers presentation

Historical Commission approves Warner Bros. building redo; 205 Race St. construction and 801 Market signage

At its August meeting, the Philadelphia Historical Commission granted final approval for the construction of an addition on the former Warner Brothers Film Distribution Center building  at 228-38 N. 13th Street as…

    • Historical Commission presentation July 11, 2014

Historical Commission accepts Baywood Hotels plan for Warner Bros. Building

An application to build an 11-story hotel extension atop Philadelphia’s Art Moderne building went in front of the city’s Historical Commission for review on July 11. Attorney Matt McClure, hotel developer Kurt Blorstad,…

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