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    • Spruce Hill | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Task force focuses first on state of preservation in Philly

Philadelphia created the Historic Preservation Task Force in April with a lofty charge: Think creatively about ways historic preservation can be a meaningful partner in the city’s growth. But its 18-month…

    • Jewelers' Row, November 2016

Small increase in Historical Commission staff size precedes “big changes” in preservation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC) will soon expand its office staff by two, the first increase in the size of the regulatory agency in 13 years, and one of several signs…

    • Rendering view from S. Hicks St. for

Mural Arts to daub annex of The Drake

The Drake is already one of the most distinctive buildings in Philadelphia. But if all goes smoothly at next month’s Historical Commission meeting, the Art Deco apartment tower will look even…

    • James Turrell's proposed Skyspace, situated directly in front of the Art Museum's columns

Art Critics: Proposed “Skyspace” behind Art Museum provokes controversy at Historical Commission

For a moment Friday morning, it looked as though the Historical Commission might have a problem with world-renowned artist James Turrell and his plans to grace Philadelphia with one of his…

    • City Hall, 2017 | Ken Van Pelt, EOTS Flickr Group

Philadelphia reorganizes development-related agencies into single Department of Planning and Development

In a reorganization this week, most of Philadelphia’s distinct housing, development, and planning agencies have been officially united under a single Department of Planning and Development. The department will be divided…

    • Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 fire station with addition, May 2017 | Cecil Baker + Partners

Chestnut Hill firehouse's contemporary addition supported by preservation committee

Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37 is finally getting a building that can accommodate contemporary fire-fighting vehicles. The oldest fire station in Philadelphia will remain in use, but its almost 125-year-old building will…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

In pitched fight over Germantown Boys and Girls Club, Historical Commission postpones decision as both sides dig in

It seemed as though half of Germantown turned out for Friday’s Historical Commission meeting to decide future of the Boys and Girls Club building on Penn Street. The room grew so…

    • 7th and Sansom - Jewelers' Row

Appeal of Jewelers' Row demolition permit denied by Board of L&I Review

*This story has been updated with responses from Toll Brothers and the City of Philadelphia.  On Tuesday, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia faced another defeat in its months-long campaign to…

    • West Philadelphia Title & Trust | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Committee supports historic designation for Germantown Boys and Girls Club, West Philadelphia Title & Trust

The Committee on Historic Designation is one of the lower hurdles a nomination to the historic register must cross. The body is stocked with historians, an archaeologist, and a planner who…

    • 1810 Liacouras Walk proposed addition, March 2017

Temple wants a skyway over Liacouras Walk, Architectural Committee does not

Temple University’s continuous expansion is butting up against one of Philadelphia’s historic districts. At Tuesday’s Architectural Committee meeting, the university unveiled its plans for expanding the Fox Business School and, in…

    • City permit desks in the Municipal Service Building | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Council supportive of higher city permit fees, funds to support L&I, Historical Commission

The Philadelphia City Council is considering increasing fees across the board for most licenses and permits. That might seem like a potentially contentious proposition, inspiring pushback from the business community. Instead,…

    • Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home, Sansom Street | Jake Blumgart / PlanPhilly

Historic Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home to be demolished for Rittenhouse tower

With Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission, the fate of 1918-20 Sansom Street—formerly the Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home—seems to be sealed. The body voted unanimously to grant the petition for…

    • Christoper Columbus statue, Marconi Plaza, | Department of Records, 1959 - PhillyHistory.org

German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation

At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…

    • Little Wakefield, a Quaker house on La Salle's campus | Oscar Biesert

Little Wakefield and Wister House designated historic despite La Salle's protests

Jewelers’ Row wasn’t the only contentious case before the February Historical Commission meeting. Prior to the skirmish over Sansom Street, a series of nominations on La Salle University’s campus were sent…

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016

Historical Commission punts again on Jewelers Row

Once again, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission decided to punt on the contentious Jewelers’ Row case. On Friday, the commission tabled their decision on the historic significance of 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street…

    • 420 Row | Historic district nomination, Justin McDaniel

420 Row and a way forward for historic districts

This January, Justin McDaniel may have found a new way forward for Philadelphia preservationists. The last few months, even the last few years, haven’t been kind to their cause. As the…

    • The Royal | January 2017 | JKRP

Revised design for Royal Theater redevelopment requires Historical Commission approval

South Street’s Royal Theater came before the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee again this Tuesday. The venerable old theater served as a hub of African-American nightlife for the better part of a…

    •  Christ Methodist Episcopal Church / Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist | Amy Lambert

Handful of West Philly properties designated historic, including wee district

Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission opened with the latest twist in the ongoing St. Laurentius saga, but otherwise the meeting proceeded in a fairly breezy fashion. Which is not…

    • St. Laurentius' interior, January 2017, courtesy of Philadelphia Historical Commission

Interior nomination for St. Laurentius withdrawn

Friday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission added the latest complication to the ongoing saga of St. Laurentius church. The Fishtown site took up an hour of debate and ended with…

    • Former Weisbrod and Hess brewery complex | Andrew Fearon, used in nomiation

Nine properties recommended for historic designation to finish 2016

After the fireworks around St. Laurentius that kicked off the December 14 meeting of the historical designation committee, there were another 12 properties on the agenda. Some proved just as contentious…

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