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    • PSFS, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

PSFS lighting: Committee rejects switch from neon to LED

Four letters have spelled Philly since 1932: PSFS. High above 12th and Market streets, two 26-foot high PSFS signs have been illuminated by parallel tubes of red neon for 83 years.…

    • A rendering shows Eimer Architecture’s design for the new tower on the site of the old Boyd Theatre.

Committee rejects plans for Boyd Theatre replacement

The room erupted in applause on Tuesday after the Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to reject the plans for a proposed apartment tower that would replace the historic…

    • Update: Commonwealth Court upholds Dilworth House appeal

Dilworth House can be partly demolished, Court says

It’s been almost eight years since the Philadelphia Historical Commission ruled that the owners of the Dilworth House on Washington Square could remove a portion of the building and replace it…

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

As demolition nears, St. Laurentius supporters seek sanctuary through historic designation

St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown is inching closer toward demolition, though the final showdown is slated for this summer. Two developments spell bad news for supporters of the 133-year-old Polish building…

    • 40th and Pine, November 2013

Commonwealth Court affirms Penn can demolish historic property at 40th & Pine

A panel of judges at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that the University of Pennsylvania has the right to tear down a historic building at 40th and Pine streets…

    • The Philadelphia Demolition Commission | Illustration by Michael Bencik
Eyes on the Street

The Boyd's Demise and the Philadelphia Demolition Commission

As wrecking crews reduce Boyd Theatre's once-grand auditorium to rubble, Community Contributor Michael Bencik offers this rumination on the Boyd's demise and the layered failings of the city's historic preservation community…

    • 418-420 Wood Street

Historical Commission approves Wood Street redo; Race St. condos and Chestnut St. designations

Last Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission granted final approval for property owner William Nadu and applicant Logan Dry of Abitare Design Studio to modify a property at 418-420 Wood St., that…

    • 721 Chestnut Street / Ben Leech

The quest to designate Chestnut Street "commercial architecture"

Update: The Designation Committee recommended approval for all of PAGP's nominations, including the 700 block of Chestnut St parcels; the Carnegie Branch Libraries at 3948-50 Walnut St., 8711 Germantown Ave. and 601 W. Lehigh Ave. 365 Green Lane,…

    • The Legendary Blue Horizon, February 2015

Saving face: Commission votes to protect Blue Horizon facade, not interior

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Friday to add the front facade of the Legendary Blue Horizon boxing venue on North Broad Street to the local Register of Historic Places. At…

    • Blue Horizon interior
    • Boyd Theatre interior, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall

Pearl Properties plans demolition for Boyd Theatre auditorium

Demolition notices posted at 19th and Chestnut streets are a sign of development to come: Pearl Properties is moving forward with its plans to build a residential tower at the corner…

    • 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…

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