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    • One of the two reading rooms in The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (photo credit: Tom Crane)

Inside the Society Hill library where 'hidden' Philadelphia lives in 19th-century grandeur

Philadelphia’s popular landmarks tell a story about the city. They serve as a physical embodiment of a familiar history. Independence Hall shows the birth of a nation. The art museum steps…

    • The buildings along the 400 block of Chestnut Street made up a 19th century Bank Row.

Look Up! A marble tribute to a Civil War casualty

“Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details, all…

Thursday evening program presents artifacts, stories of Native American life in Philadelphia

Native American artifacts found during archaeological digs held in conjunction with the I-95 improvements project will be on display – and the topic of discussion – at The Independence Seaport Museum…

    • The entrance to the Arch Street Meeting House, 330 Arch St.

Look Up! Arch Street Meeting House is designated national landmark

Hundreds of houses of worship in Philadelphia, owned by major denominations, are vacant and in need of repair and restoration.  But the religious community received a ray of sunlight last weekend,…

    • Historic maps show the Potter's Field with houses and buildings fronting on the streets surrounding it.

Queen Lane Apartments demo in limbo as archaeologists, historic-preservation experts plan Potter's Field visit

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksArchaeological exploration could begin by mid-November to determine if remains of those once buried at a Germantown Potter's Field lie beneath the site of the…

    • The entrance to the new library park.

Looking for history in the library's yard

Pushing a machine that looks much like a lawnmower, a preservationist spent Wednesday methodically walking up and down the green space adjacent to Mt. Airy's Lovett Memorial Library, shooting radar into…

    • Bartram’s Garden will be honored for the creation of its student-managed Community Farm and Food Resource Center.

Historical Society introduces awards for small, innovative sites

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is doing something for the little guys. The organization’s first History in Pennsylvania -- or HIP – Awards will be presented Oct. 19 at a luncheon…

    • A drawing of the Pennypack Creek Bridge by William L. Breton, circa 1830.

Preservation Row: A new marker for a bridge on Revolutionary road

Ongoing series casts light on historic and unique sites that may be at risk of deterioration or demolition. What local historians describe as America’s oldest stone arch bridge is not in…

    • The marker

New historical marker commemorates Frank Furness

Some 200 fans of Frank Furness, arguably the greatest of Philadelphia architects, clustered outside his home last Friday afternoon to witness the unveiling — amazing to think that one doesn't already…

    • Historical Commission grants conceptual approval to Lit Brothers building sign

Historical Commission grants conceptual approval to Lit Brothers building sign

The Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday issued a unanimous conceptual approval for a proposal to light the Lit Brothers building on East Market Street and to top it off with a sign…

    • Billboards encroach on a garage, cheek by jowl

Scenic Philadelphia looks beyond billboards

For the last three years, Mary Tracy has been wearing two hats, one as president of Scenic America and one as executive director of Philadelphia-based SCRUB, the Society Created to Reduce…

    • Proposed Lit Brothers signage

Architectural Committee of Historical Commission recommends denial of Lit Brothers signage

 In a close call, the Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission recommended approval today of a proposal to light up the Lit Building on the 700 block of Market Street.…

    • The buildings along the 1900 block of Walnut have survived decades of residential and commercial evolution.

Look Up! Comings and Goings on Early Rittenhouse Row

“Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details, all…

    • The Sparks Shot Tower looks down on 19th century homes and 20th century wiring on narrow Carpenter Street.

Look Up! 19th century tower finds peace in the 21st century

“Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details, all…

    • The elegant entrance and diverse facades of Bookbinder’s were carefully preserved in a three-year restoration.t

Look Up! Bookbinder's is a timeline of Old City architecture

“Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details, all…

    • Foot-long wooden pegs were found in the dark layer of dirt, which dates to the 17th Century

Large wooden pegs found beneath waterfront parking lot may be construction materials from 17th Century shipyard

Archaeologists working on the site of a former Philadelphia shipyard that was in business before the arrival of William Penn have found large, wooden pegs that might have been intended to…

    • One archaeologist takes measurements while another records the findings

Archaeological search for more of West Shipyard underway

Note: An earlier version of this story said that a portion of a 1750 shipway found on the site in the 1980s was not found. In fact, it was a bulkhead…

    • Divine Lorraine | Flickr user garyreed, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • Behind PlanPhilly:

Behind PlanPhilly: "A Man and His Ship" Book Release and VIP Boat Tour

The next edition of "Behind PlanPhilly" will feature two events that celebrate a historic treasure currently docked on our Central Delaware riverfront and the former PlanPhilly reporter who wrote a book…

    • Church of the Assumption sold to developer

Church of the Assumption sold to developer

After four years of trying to raze the historic building at 11th and Spring Garden Streets, the social service agency that owns the Church of the Assumption has sold it and…

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