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    • A session on some bricks-and-mortar rebuilding tips. | Jordan Cassway for PennPraxis
Eyes on the Street

A Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit created by Philadelphians, for Philadelphians

To many, preservationist might seem a limiting definition, applying to those dedicated to saving individual buildings where famous people were born or died, or where significant events took place. Preservationist can…

    • Hickman Temple AME Church, its facade reinforced and its doors open for its first Sunday service since April 2017.

Hickman Temple AME celebrates a win in the effort to preserve its historic church

Hickman Temple AME dominates the corner of 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. This block-long, century-old church of slate and stone is a neighborhood icon in Cedar Park, a…

    • The visitors center at LOVE Park, also known as the 'spaceship'.

Taking ‘panes’ to overhaul Philly visitors center in LOVE Park

Philadelphia’s 1960s-era visitors center near City Hall, known as “the spaceship” because of its shape, has been more of an eyesore for about a year as it’s redesigned as part of …

    • Freedom Theatre's exterior, where some flaking of the facade's surface can be seen above the sign facing Master Street.

Freedom Theatre's venerable home struggles to rebound from a very wet season

Freedom Theatre is having a tough year. For decades, this sprawling 1850s-mansion in North Philadelphia served as a vibrant hub for African-American artists, but the building — and the historic institution…

    • Louis J. Gambaccini died on Aug. 19.

Transportation community mourns Louis J. Gambaccini, a SEPTA legend and founder of NJ Transit

Louis J. Gambaccini, a former general manager of SEPTA and the first chairman of New Jersey Transit's board, died at his home in Skillman, N.J., on Aug. 19. He was 87 years old.…

    • The 100 block of Mole Street -- virtually all of it -- in Center City.

An intimate rowhouse block holds its own as towers rise around it

The 100 block of Mole Street looks like a lot of older rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia, but with more trees. The shaded street, with its neatly kept brick homes, feels like…

    • The Royal Theater's facade

No about-face on facadectomies in Philly just yet: They're still pretty rare here

On South Street, the front exterior of the Royal Theater still stands, encased in steel. The ornamented brick façade of the historic entertainment complex is all that is left of the…

    • Jewelers' Row, September 2016

Historic preservation task force notes other cities' policies as it charts its own course

On Thursday, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force released an outline of preservation challenges facing the city paired with policies other major American cities have adopted to protect notable aspects of their…

    • A rendering of a bus shelter at 10th and Chestnut streets with a restored art panel installed.

Stained-glass panels to get a second life at Chestnut Street bus shelters

At the beginning of 2017, the Philadelphia Art Commission slammed the brakes on a plan to scrap Pablo Tauler’s stained-glass Chestnut Street bus shelters as part of the proposed installation of…

    • A rowhouse demolition. | Phillytrax, EOTS Flickr Group

Efforts to tear down `imminently dangerous' buildings get a $2m budget lift

In the recently approved city budget, Mayor Jim Kenney secured $2 million to accelerate demolition of vacant buildings the Department of Licenses and Inspections considers dangerous. Philadelphia suffers persistent problems with…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius still stands in Fishtown, though more precariously

Fishtown’s St. Laurentius has seen better days. The 130-year-old-plus former Catholic Church is surrounded by a scraggly fence. Scaffolding wraps around its base, and black strips of netting covers stretches of…

    • Boyd Theatre interior, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall
Eyes on the Street

Design Advocacy Group's views on the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force

We applauded last year when Mayor Kenney created a Historic Preservation Task Force and asked it to recommend how to avoid losses like the Boyd Theater and the impending disfigurement of Jewelers Row.…

    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

    • philadelphia masjid 's underutilized 1.5-acre site on Wyalusing Avenue, formerly a Catholic school complex.

Three historic religious sites embark on a road to preservation and future service

Forty years ago, Zion Baptist Church was nationally renowned for the community services it provided from its main building on North Broad Street and an educational annex across the road. Under its energetic leader, Rev. Leon Sullivan, the church ran a homeless…

    • 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 William & Letitia Still House, an Underground Railroad station, is newly protected by historic designation.

Found in South Philadelphia, an Underground Railroad station

From the outside, 625 South Delhi Street looks like an average Philadelphia rowhouse. But in the 1850s, it was home to Underground Railroad leaders William and Letitia Still. Within the house’s…

    • The Dox Thrash House

A new approach to preserving black Philadelphia

In a part of the city undergoing massive redevelopment, a young design-minded activist is working to make sure that a piece of African American history survives and thrives amid the change.…

    • 702 Sansom rendering of Toll Bros. project, from 7th and Sansom | January 2018

Toll Bros. unveils new design for Jewelers' Row tower

Toll Brothers has released new renderings of the controversial condo tower it plans to build in the middle of historic Jewelers’ Row. At a meeting of the Washington Square Civic Association…

    • spruce hill in winter

Historical Commission to begin considering historic districts after years, sometimes decades, of delay

For the past decade, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission has only granted protections to a handful of individual properties each year. As the pace of development escalates, and more remarkable buildings are leveled, preservationists…

    • The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine could become a boutique hotel.

GOP corporate tax cut bill include cuts to preservation tax credits, threatening historic reuse projects in Philly

Buried within the tax reform legislation working its way through Congress is an amendment that would preserve but diminish the value of the federal historic tax credit program, arguably the most…

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