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    • 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,…

    • Lit Brothers

Lit Bros. owner promises subway, other improvements, in exchange for large, digital sign

The owners of the historic Lit Brothers Building say they'll upgrade the Ridge Avenue subway concourse as part of $10 million in public investments made in exchange for the right to…

    • The Boyd Theatre interior | Jeremy Marshall

Historical Commission rejects efforts to save Boyd

The Philadelphia Historical Commission approved a hardship application from the owners of the historic Boyd Theater on Chestnut Street on Friday, allowing developer Neal Rodin to demolish all but the facade…

    • iPic Boyd exterior

Complicated Boyd Theatre financial hardship hearing runs out of meeting minutes, will be continued

After hours of testimony from finance and construction experts explaining how they concluded that the hardship that would be incurred by the owners and operators of the Boyd Theatre in the…

    • Boyd Theatre interior, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall
Eyes on the Street

Hardship hearing for Boyd Theatre next week, consultants say reuse requires subsidy

Is there a financial hardship that prevents the reuse of the Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia’s last movie palace? That's the question that will be before the Philadelphia Historical Commission at a hearing…

    • van pelt townhouse project

Historical Commission gives thumbs-up to Rittenhouse-Fitler project

The Philadelphia Historical Commission weighed in with decisions that registered on opposite ends of its decision making spectrum Friday. The 12 members in attendance granted unanimous final approval to a nine-townhouse…

    • 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…

    • The Royal
Eyes on the Street

Royal Theater could be replaced by new mixed-use building

The Royal Theater will no longer exist if Universal Companies has its way. The Royal, now in its fourth decade of vacancy, was an iconic entertainment venue for black Philadelphia hosting…

    • The iPic plan

Movie chain owner says only hope for Boyd is 8-screen complex

Preservationists will challenge plan to demolish Art Deco interior when the proposal comes before the Historical Commission next month.   The Florida-based movie theater company, iPic Entertainment, has begun showing previews…

    • 1914 1016 rittenhouse sq original

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…

    • 240-246 Arch Street

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…

    • Mill Creek north elevation

Art Commission approves rec center improvements, Episcopal Tower awnings

In a brief monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission granted final approval to just two projects. In the first application, designers from UCI Architects satisfactorily responded to the Commission's…

    • Rev. Martha Lang, Spector, and Rev. Mark Tyler

Neighbors and parishioners unite against Society Hill development

About sixty neighbors and parishioners came out Tuesday evening to protest a proposed new development on a parking lot that faces the Romanesque Revival Mother Bethel AME Church (1889) in Society…

    • 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…

    • Philadelphia Historical Commission

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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