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    • 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Interior nomination for St. Laurentius withdrawn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…

    • St. Mary of the Assumption, Manayunk, 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks (file)

Redevelopment approach to St. Mary's site frustrates Manayunk neighbors

In a community as dense as Manayunk, any development proposal that will bring more housing units and fewer parking spaces faces a tough fight from longtime residents who feel the neighborhood…

    • 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…

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

Committee hesitant to recommend historic designation for St. Laurentius' interior

On Wednesday the Historical Commission’s Designation Committee ended up on the receiving end of a lecture about the wrongs suffered by Polish people in the modern era, in a nearly two-hour…

    • Lit Brothers building entrance rendering, December 2016 Architectural Committee meeting

Architectural Committee seeks clarity for Lit Brothers signs, rejects Old City project

The Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on December 13 concluded with two cases that couldn’t have gone more differently. While Brickstone Realty’s proposal for more digital signage on the Lit Brothers building…

    • St Laurentius Church

Historical Commission to consider designation of St. Laurentius' interior

Next Wednesday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation will consider a nomination of the interior of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius church. Developer and neighborhood resident Leo Voloshin has proposed…

    • Willis Hale row at 17th and Jefferson | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Council considers permit fees to support Historical Commission

On Thursday morning, three City Council members introduced legislation to bolster funding for the city’s overburdened Historical Commission. The bill, backed by Blondell Reynolds Brown, Mark Squilla, and Al Taubenberger would…

    • St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius reuse clears zoning board, opponents eye appeal

Earlier this week the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) finally issued its decision on the future of the closed St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Fishtown. The almost 150-year-old structure has been…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

    • Former Penn Fruit turned Thriftway, 2012 | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Venturi House, Frankford's Penn Fruit, and Northern Liberties row designated historic

While the commission kicked the can down the road on the case that excited the most attention—the controversial Jewelers’ Row case—several properties were added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic…

    • Jewelers' Row, November 2016

Historical Commission kicks designation review for Jewelers' Row properties down the road 90 days

On Thursday morning, the Philadelphia Historical Commission decided to wait on the nomination for two Jewelers’ Row buildings to become historic because of demolition permits were issued for the properties the…

    • 704-708 Sansom Street, Jewelers Row, September 2016

Demolition permits issued for Jewelers' Row buildings

On Wednesday afternoon the Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) issued the demolition permits to raze buildings on Jewelers Row. The move comes in advance of a Thursday morning Historical Commission…

    • Proposal for new entry signage on Lit Brothers building | Brickstone Realty

Digitally-enhanced entries proposed for Lit Brothers building

The Historical Commission's Architectural Committee weighed in on design concepts for additional digital signage on the historic Lit Brothers building at its meeting Tuesday. Consideration of alterations to the high profile…

    • Harbison milk bottle

Committee supports 6 historic nominations, from Lancaster Ave to La Salle’s campus, 6 requests for continuances

The nominations of two Jewelers’ Row buildings as historic took top billing at Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, which voted to support their designation. After hearing…

    • Part of Jewelers' Row to be demolished by Toll Bros., August 2016

Committee supports designation of two threatened Jewelers' Row buildings

On Friday morning the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation voted unanimously to recommend the nominations of 706 and 704 Sansom Street to the local historic register. The full Philadelphia…

    • Former Rohm & Haas building, 6th and Market streets.

Historic nomination of Rohm & Haas Building takes layered approach

On Friday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s designation committee will consider an extraordinary nomination for the Rohm & Haas Building on Independence Mall. It is a three-part nomination, “like a Russian nesting…

    • Riverside view of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club. (Kimberly Paynter / WHYY)

Girls’ Rowing Club launches campaign to shore up its historic home

The oldest building along Boathouse Row is in need of preservation work to maintain its beautiful façade and structural integrity. The boathouse at 14 Kelly Drive is more than an historic…

    • Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing, Jewelers' Row, Sept. 28, 2016 | Jake Blumgart, PlanPhilly

Zoning Board hears arguments over Jewelers' Row permits, continues hearing to next week

A Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) meeting ended in acrimony on Wednesday afternoon, as the body decided to continue hearing the case about whether the Toll Brothers adequately posted signage about…

    • 704-708 Sansom Street, Jewelers Row, September 2016

Support for preservation-minded solutions at Jewelers' Row

It’s hard to imagine there is an RCO in Philadelphia with more architects among its membership than the Washington Square West Civic Association. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the community group’s…

    • Frank Schaffer, diamond cutter
Eyes on the Street

Lens: Inside FGS Gems on Jewelers' Row

It’s been about six weeks since news broke that the Toll Brothers wanted to build a 16-story story condo tower on Jewelers’ Row. Since then a few storeowners have been thrust…

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