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    • As mitigation for the loss, developers John Buck Co. are supporting preservation projects, including one at the Evangelical Lutheran Church next door (seen behind bulldozer).

Kenney's Preservation Task Force readies report

During its opening months, Mayor Jim Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force established a collective understanding of the current state historic preservation in Philadelphia. So far it’s heard from the public,…

    • Metropolitan Opera House, from 'Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City'
Eyes on the Street

Eyes on the Page: ‘Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City,’ reviewed

Like the website and the festivals that supply the operative part of its title, Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City is a love letter to the city’s past. To the extent it…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

Blocking Babylon: Historical Commission prevents demo of church properties in Bella Vista, Lawncrest

UPDATE: On Monday, November 20th, the Historical Commission announced a reversal on its vote to add Christian Street Baptist Church to the loal historic register, following notification that the Commission's…

    • Germantown Town Hall

Germantown Avenue wins online popularity contest, $150,000 grant

Philadelphia residents can now boast that Germantown Avenue is the most popular main street in the nation. Germantown United Community Development Corporation didn’t just win the grant awarded in the Partners…

    • The Historic Preservation Task Force meets in Philadelphia University’s Kanbar Center

At its 3rd meeting, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force looks at the good and bad of Philly’s historic preservation ordinance

When it was launched back in April, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force was intended to help ensure that historic preservation was as much a part of the discussion around urban growth…

    • Bunting House demo on Ridge Avenue.

Planning Commission puts hold on Ridge Ave demolition moratorium

In late September Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill that would institute a one-year moratorium on demolitions along Ridge Avenue, a central thoroughfare that runs through Philadelphia’s northwestern neighborhoods. He worries…

    • Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, at Grays Ferry and Fitzwater, was converted into the Sanctuary Lofts apartments.

Proactive preservation workshop comes to neighborhoods on the edge

In many areas on the periphery of Greater Center City, there has been little effort to identify – let alone protect – significant historic buildings. Some neighborhoods have fewer than five…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

City asks public for preservation perspectives

On Tuesday night a couple hundred Philadelphians squeezed into the upper floor of the Independence Visitor Center to ruminate collectively about historic preservation. The meeting is the work of the Kenney…

    • 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…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Negative on sex positive club in Tacony, ZBA revokes permit

On Wednesday evening, the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) voted to revoke the fraternal organization permit for the Philly Music Hall, a recently-opened, sex-positive community association located in the historic Tacony…

    • 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…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

Art is compromising: Commission OKs city’s plan to replace, but reuse, Chestnut Street’s stained-glass bus shelters

At the beginning of the year, the City of Philadelphia attempted to replace Chestnut Street’s bus shelters with new ones, which would have meant the deaccessioning of stained-glass art installations that…

    • St. Laurentius nestled in tight rowhouse blocks | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Faith No More: Judge dismisses suit to prevent development of St. Laurentius site

On Tuesday, a neighborhood group suffered a severe setback in their stubborn attempt to keep apartments out of the abandoned St. Laurentius church in Fishtown. Last year, the Zoning Board…

    • Free Library - Tacony Branch

Preservation of historic resources will be a priority as Rebuild develops list of projects

As the Rebuild initiative moves forward this fall, the preservation of historic buildings in the target areas will be a priority. “We don’t know yet which buildings will be historic preservation…

    • Oxford Trinity annex

Parish the thought: Lawncrest neighbors fight plan to replace church building with Royal Farms

The venerable Trinity Oxford Church, in Northeast Philadelphia’s Lawncrest section, wants to lease roughly half of its land for a new Royal Farms gas station and fried chicken emporium. The proposal…

    • Neighbors gather at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Thursday to consider the Boys and Girls Club proposal

For the proposed replacement of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club, community consensus comes in baby steps

At first glance, the ongoing cacophony over the future of Germantown’s Boys and Girls Club looked ready to hit a rare harmonious note. About 45 nearby residents and neighborhood organizers gathered…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

New historic preservation task force sets about ensuring the past stays present as city grows

They squeezed in, 28 of the 29 members of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force, around a conference table on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch Street. It’s the same…

    • 'Kings Highway' director Jason Sherman filming a scene of the documentary (Photo courtesy of Jason Sherman)

Local filmmaker documents long history of Frankford Avenue in ‘The King’s Highway’

Local historians and preservationists have a powerful new media tool in The King’s Highway, a documentary that began airing on WHYY in June. The film tells the story of what’s…

    • 30 Pelham Road was designated to the local historic register in July (Photo credit: Historical Commission)

Pace of Philly historic preservation accelerates as Historical Commission matches last year’s total by July

At its July meeting, the Philadelphia Historical Commission accepted eight new nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, bringing the total number of newly protected individual sites in 2017 to…

    • 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…

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