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    • The 550-foot stone-masonry retaining wall that separates the rear alley of houses along West Penn Street

$500K in repairs needed on East Falls retaining wall reflects citywide problem

Sections of a 550-foot-long retaining wall in East Falls built in the late 1920s are leaning, cracked, and unsafe, affecting the owners of 65 homes on either side of the wall.…

    • 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…

    • Camac Street, Washington Square West
Eyes on the Street

Next mayor must reboot preservation infrastructure

As part of our election season op-ed series focusing on ideas for the next administration, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia's Ben Leech argues it's time for the city's historic preservation…

    • Spinning Disc | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Saucer Watch

As JFK Plaza/LOVE Park is redesigned by Hargreaves Associates this year, it is very much a live question as to whether or not the saucer-shaped building that serves as the Fairmount…

    • George W. Childs Elementary School, vacated and locked tight since June 2010.

Apartments coming to shuttered school building in Point Breeze

A closed elementary school at 17th and Tasker streets in Point Breeze will be converted into an apartment complex and community space following approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment last…

    • Update: Commonwealth Court upholds Dilworth House appeal

Commonwealth Court hears preservation arguments

On Tuesday, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania heard oral arguments in two cases involving protected historic buildings in Philadelphia: the mid-century Dilworth House on Washington Square and a maimed and vacant…

    • Roger Ross will rehabilitate 365 Green Lane. He plans to move in with his wife and two kids. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Community relieved by new plans to rehabilitate historic Green Lane property

Applause broke out at the Central Roxborough Civic Association meeting on Thursday evening when Roger Ross — a lifelong Roxborough resident and new owner of 365 Green Lane — took to…

    • 5101 Rochelle Ave. in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Roxborough property owner faces conservatorship battle over once-neglected pizza shop

The dangerous conditions that resulted in Licenses & Inspections violations have been repaired. Delinquent taxes have been paid. And the owner of the property at 5101 Rochelle Avenue in Roxborough said…

    • 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…

    • The property at 365 Green Lane has been purchased by local business owner Roger Ross. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Neighbors win struggle with developer over historic Roxborough property

After a 12-month battle, members of the Roxborough community and neighbors of 365 Green Lane are breathing a little easier as they head into 2015. The historic property has been mired…

    • 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…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013

iPic expects to move forward soon on renovation of the Boyd

Lease negotiations are under way with new owner Pearl Properties   The long-suffering Boyd Theater is still waiting for its facelift, but the plans for its renovation seem to be getting…

    • 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…

    • Tourist Center
Eyes on the Street

Speaking for the Saucer

Community Contributor Libbie Hawes, a preservationist and steering committee member of the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, makes the case for repurposing LOVE Park's flying saucer building as part…

    • New PennPraxis executive director Randy Mason

Randy Mason takes the lead at PennPraxis

The new executive director of PennPraxis, Randall Mason, was announced Dec. 2 by Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Mason, an associate professor…

    • Central Roxborough NCO

Planning Commission hears about Central Roxborough conservation district

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the creation of the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, just the second neighborhood in Philadelphia to have regulations protecting its small-town character. The ordinance…

    • Will Universal sell the neglected Royal Theater and its two side lots? For the right price.

Planning Commission seeks more time to consider Royal Theater rezoning

Saying that developers and nearby residents could use more time to hash out potential issues with the proposed redevelopment of the historic Royal Theater on South Street, the City Planning Commission…

    • 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,…

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