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    • Hale Building

Kenney launches Historic Preservation Task Force

Jim Kenney’s administration says it wants to improve the city’s historic preservation environment while encouraging people to see preservation and development as partners in urban growth. Figuring out how to make…

    • East Park Canoe House | courtesy of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Restoration of East Park Canoe House wins preservation award

The long, low cousin of Boathouse Row – the East Park Canoe House – is back in operation and looking as handsome as when it opened more than a century ago.…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

Public meeting on Germantown Boys and Girls Club aimed for consensus but tensions remain

Reverend Dr. Alyn Waller* made it clear from the onset where his allegiances stood. At hand was a community discussion about a long-in-the-making plan to tear down the aged Germantown Boys…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

In Germantown, a fight over a century old building and the future of the Boys and Girls Club

Everyone agrees that the super-sized Boys and Girls Club slated for Germantown will do wonders for the neighborhood. But beneath that gauzy consensus a controversy is brewing about the design and…

    • Amos Barnes House

Historic Wissahickon house designated despite owner objection

The nomination of a nearly 170-year-old house in Wissahickon has been so contentious that at Thursday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, a security guard hovered in the doorway. The Amos…

    • Three-story addition proposed for Edward Corner building. | 2017 hardship application, Core Realty

Extra height proposed for Edward Corner building in hardship appeal

On Monday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Financial Hardship ruled in favor of Core Realty’s plea that they would need to alter the Edward Corner building in order to save…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Limbo for St. Laurentius as contentious residential plan faces lengthy appeal

Leo Voloshin sounds tired. You can hear it in the Fishtown developer’s voice, as he explains why the fate of St. Laurentius is still up in the air. It’s been more…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Former Fifth Dutch Reformed Church | Google Street View

Live/work reuse ahead for Fifth Reformed Dutch Church in Fishtown

Historic preservation is a calling that trends towards tragedy. Advocates are often outgunned when it comes to financial resources and political support. Submitting a designation for addition to the local historic…

    • Ridge Avenue Entertainment District Philadelphia Courthouse Mural, Courtesy | courtesy of Faye Anderson, All That Philly Jazz
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Historic preservation and social justice

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice.…

    • Warwick Apartments and Bair Funeral Home | Jake Blumgart / PlanPhilly

1911 Walnut tower edges closer with preservation hardship relief in sight

On Wednesday, the Historical Commission held its first Hardship Committee hearing in almost two years, deciding the fate of the property at 1918-20 Sansom Street. Last used as the Oliver H.…

    • Demolition of 4046-48 Chestnut Street | Aaron Wunsch
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Does this place matter? Philadelphia’s preservation paradox

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice.…

    • 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…

    •  Navy Yard | courtesy of PIDC
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Old buildings anchor growth at the Navy Yard

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice.…

    • Conservation easements on private properties in Chestnut Hill help manage development and protect the Wissahickon watershed  | Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Chestnut Hill group broadens focus to integrate preservation and conservation

Community efforts to preserve the historic character of Chestnut Hill’s built environment are expanding this year to protect its natural assets as well. The neighborhood’s historical society, founded in 1967, changed…

    • 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…

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016

Jewelers' Row development up in the air (rights)

On Tuesday, Toll Brothers presented their proposed 29-story Jewelers Row skyscraper for Civic Design Review (CDR), but only for an informational discussion—not the actual review as initially intended. When Toll Brothers…

    • Society Hill towers under construction viewed from Headhouse, September 1963 | George McDowell Bulletin Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Historic Preservation for a Changing City

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host another Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice. This time…

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