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    • The firm of Venturi and Rauch designed this simple but expressive facade for the home of Venturi's mother.

Chestnut Hill to expand what qualifies as historic

Chestnut Hill is about to update its definition of "historic." Since the mid-1980s, the charming section of Northwest Philadelphia has been one of the largest historic districts on the National Register…

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Mailbag: Preservationists respond

We received a lot of great feedback to Jared Brey’s story last week, “Out with the old, in with the old: Will Mayor Kenney take a new approach to preservation?…

    • Demolition of the Boyd Theater, TargetExpress, 1900 block of Chestnut

Out with the old, in with the old: Will Mayor Kenney take a new approach to preservation?

Between now and the end of 2015 PlanPhilly is taking a look back at Philadelphia during the Nutter Years and down the road at what we might expect from the Kenney…

    • The Please Touch Museum must raise $10 million by March to meet the terms of its recent bankruptcy settlement. | Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum hopes to keep growing with the Centennial District

The dome of Memorial Hall and its statue of Columbia can be seen from across the Schuylkill and from miles away -- a symbolic high point in Philadelphia’s reputation, when 10…

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First African Baptist church fined, City to brace dangerous wall

Municipal Court Judge David Shuter has fined First African Baptist Church $10,000 for failing to comply with a previous court order to brace an “imminently dangerous” parapet wall on the east…

    • Lynn Alpert hangs a heart on the Hale Building, February 2015. | courtesy of Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance

Young Friends bring new meaning and tactics to preservation battles

A growing network of young people is challenging the perception that historic preservation is an old activist’s game. Incorporating new communication and promotional tactics, as well as their professional training, the …

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West Philly and Fishtown properties added to historic register

A flush row of late-19th century buildings at the corner of 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue in Powelton Village was added to Philadelphia’s register of historic places on Friday, but the…

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Over pastor's objections, Commission adds First African Baptist to historic register

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Friday morning to add First African Baptist Church to the local register of historic places. Immediately after the vote, the church’s pastor, Terrence Griffith, who…

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Philly’s Toynbee Tiles are slowly dying out. Will the Streets Dept. be able to resurrect a few?

The Streets Department cares about Philly’s street art. No, I’m not talking about Streets Dept., the photographer with 143,000 followers on Instagram, although Mr. Benner obviously cares a little bit…

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Buildings in Fishtown and West Philly recommended for historic designation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on historic designation voted on Wednesday to recommend that seven properties be added to the local register of historic places. The vote sends a recommendation to…

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Committee recommends historic protection for First African Baptist

A committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission has recommended that the embattled First African Baptist Church at 16th and Christian streets in South Philadelphia qualifies as a historically significant building and…

    • 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue supports ground floor retail and apartments above
Eyes on the Street

Growing Pains in Powelton

As Lower Lancaster Avenue is surrounded with bigger, denser development the corridor itself is poised to become a stronger more vibrant place. But one of the most intact blocks, which supports…

    • Demolition at 40th and Pine

Historic 40th & Pine house meets the wrecking ball

First, the building on the southwest corner of 40th and Pine streets was a private home for a rich Philadelphian. Then it was a residence for sick elderly people. Later, when…

    • Saint John the Baptist Church, 2015 | Credit: Bradley Maule
Eyes on the Street

Salvation for a neighborhood icon in Manayunk

Father Kevin Lawrence can tell you exactly where he was in the evening of April 29, 2014: sitting at the counter at Dalessandro’s on Henry Avenue in Roxborough, having ordered his…

    • Jeffrey Allegretti, a member of WICA who wrote the historic nominations for the house at 145 Sumac and its twin home at 147, said that as part of the agreement the nominations have been tabled.

Civic group, developer reach agreement about future of historic Wissahickon property

A civic group's efforts to save a 19th-century Roxborough house have led to an agreement with the owner and developer to renovate the property with "historic sensitivity" and thereby maintain the…

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Commission approves plans for historic Divine Lorraine and properties next to Boyd Theater

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Friday to approve plans to remake the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street and to build a new structure next to the former…

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Eyes on the Street

Venturi's Mother's House faces delicate transition

There are few buildings in Philadelphia that changed the landscape of American architecture. The Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill is one. Architect Robert Venturi built the house for his…

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Committee OKs renovations for Divine Lorraine

Eric Blumenfeld visited City Hall on Tuesday to present his plans for renovating the former Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street to the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission. The…

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Committee approves designs for new building next to Boyd Theater

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architecture committee voted on Tuesday to approve plans for a new commercial building on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street in Center City, in between the former…

    • The Commission has placed the current fire house at 101 W. Highland Ave. on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, ensuring protection against future alterations.

Historic designation will bring new fire station to Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 will finally have a new parking spot, thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The Commission has placed the current fire house at…

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