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    • The 104-year-old house at 415 W. Moreland Ave. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

'Beyond repair' home at heart of historic-preservation battle in Chestnut Hill

The proposed demolition of a historically significant house and the subdivision of the lot for the construction of two new homes would set a dangerous precedent for Chestnut Hill, according to…

    • Lower Northwest: A different kind of vacancy. Courtesy PCPC

In Lower Northwest Philadelphia, a different kind of vacancy

In rural Shawmont Valley, the empty spaces aren't abandoned houses or factories, but former agricultural land. The Lower Northwest District Plan will look at preservation. Other issues in the district that…

    • Love Letter
Eyes on the Street

Join CityLove to explore Philly: June 14-20

Later this month city-huggers armed with smart phones will be out exploring the city, meeting up for Instagram photo walks, and exploring some of Philly’s iconic and historic places. From June…

    • The renovation project included the Paul Cret pachyderm house and surrounding grounds, Photo courtesy of SMP Architects
Eyes on the Street

Well Preserved: 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards

From a fountain with seahorses to cherubs on a bus loop, Paul Cret’s Pachyderm house to Robert Smith’s St. Peter’s Church – the 27 people and projects that will be honored…

    • 3711 Melon Street, on its last day standing
Eyes on the Street

Dust to Dust: 3711 Melon Street's homegoing

This weekend Mantua bid farewell to a 142 year resident – 3711 Melon Street. This house was reduced to a heap of bricks, but not without a sometimes tearful, sometimes jubilant…

    • Bull's Eye Darts and Computer Guy, May 2014
Eyes on the Street

Tacony celebrates 15 refreshed storefronts

Tacony Community Development Corporation has worked with commercial property owners renovate 15 storefronts in the last year – that’s more than any other corridor has accomplished in a single year period.…

    • Blue brick alley
Eyes on the Street

Historic street repair pilot program starts in July

It’s no secret that we love Philly’s network of wee streets – from blue brick alleys to wood-paved Camac. So it’s with interest that we heard that the Streets Department is…

    • John Grady, CEO Seaport Museum

Olympia looks to local community and national support to keep her afloat

A new gangplank was installed last week to welcome visitors aboard the Cruiser Olympia, a practical upgrade but also a symbolic gesture for Philadelphia’s most historic and long-beleaguered warship.   The…

    • Lowe
Eyes on the Street

Rick Lowe's Gray Area: Where social sculpture meets neighborhood preservation

Twenty years ago when Rick Lowe first saw Houston’s Third Ward, an historically African American neighborhood, he saw vacant, tax-delinquent properties that the city was poised to raze. Instead 22 of…

    • Weccacoe Playground, May 2014
Eyes on the Street

Sensitivity and the search for common ground at Weccacoe Playground / Bethel Burying Ground

Each marker and memorial at the Bethel Burial Ground in Queen Village was intended to endure. But forever is a long time. Neighborhood kids have played at Weccacoe Playground, between…

    • Looking Up: St. John the Baptist
Eyes on the Street

Structural concerns at St. John the Baptist in Manayunk

St. John the Baptist, Manayunk’s major Catholic Church, is a landmark in every sense of the word. But at 120 years old St. John’s is need of significant repair.  The church…

    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel School / Design Center
Eyes on the Street

Design Center in the works for former Catholic School

As schools close and parishes wither there are few bright spots when it comes to many Catholic campuses across the city, but thanks to some creative partnerships, new uses are finding…

    • Red Doors | Phillytrax, EOTS Flickr Pool
Eyes on the Street

Spring restoration workshops for homeowners

Live in an old house with wood windows that need some TLC? Wondering how to make your old house more energy-efficient? The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s homeowner workshops return this…

    • Stained glass detail, Family Court
Eyes on the Street

Inside the historic Family Court

Until the Family Court's functions move to a new court building at 15th and Arch, the historic Family Court buidling is not a place the public can explore given the sensitive…

    • 40th and Pine, November 2013

Judge affirms permit to demolish historic 40th and Pine mansion

A judge has ruled that the historic mansion at 40th and Pine streets may be demolished, affirming an earlier split decision from the Board of Licenses and Inspections Review. The ruling…

    • Ken Weinstein, developer of the former Germantown Settlement Charter School campus, could soon have a new tenant. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Adult daycare likely coming to former Germantown Settlement Charter School campus

An adult daycare center is now on track to become the newest tenant of a five-building complex in southwest Germantown. For-profit Tori's Garden of Eden wants to open the center at…

    • The 19th Street Baptist Church's serpentine cladding is just one of the building's preservation problems.
Eyes on the Street

Planning for a new day at 19th Street Baptist Church

“I bring enthusiasm, I bring passion,” were 19th Street Baptist’s new pastor Rev. Wilbur Winborne’s words at a February 8th meeting of the congregation with students from PennDesign. Students from the…

    • Two of the YouthBuild students help Andrew Palewski position one of the original porch columns | YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia: The new classroom of the world

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can also join us for a …

    • Boyd Theatre interior | Jeremy Marshall
Eyes on the Street

Reckoning with the Boyd Theatre's final bow

It looks like curtains for the historic Boyd Theatre, the shuttered Art Deco movie palace at 19th and Chestnut, and its case brings up tough questions about the political and public…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013

Opinion: Howard Haas' position on the Boyd Theatre decision

The Philadelphia Historical Commission has approved almost every application for "economic hardship" by developers seeking to demolish their historic buildings but in approving Friday the application by Live Nation & iPIC…

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