• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

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Lens: Inside FGS Gems on Jewelers' Row

It’s been about six weeks since news broke that the Toll Brothers wanted to build a 16-story story condo tower on…

St. Laurentius: Seeking the Wisdom of Solomon in Fishtown

As Fishtowners mull the residential redevelopment proposed for St. Laurentius Church, Faithful Laurentians are hoping for a different plan that requires…

Jane’s Walk microgrant awarded to support Sharswood advocacy work

On the first weekend of May every year, PlanPhilly is the local hub for Jane’s Walk, a global festival of…

Taking a Toll on Jewelers Row

What kind of city do we want to be? That’s the question ringing in my ears reflecting on the news that…

Radical retrofit on Pine Street aims to blend passive house with preservation

The four-story brick rowhouse at 1722 Pine Street sits mid-block on the south side of Pine. It shares a cornice line…

Mailbag: Preservationists respond

We received a lot of great feedback to Jared Brey’s story last week, “Out with the old, in with the…

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…

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…

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…

St. Laurentius: Score one for the Underdogs

In this Community Contributor piece longtime PlanPhilly advisor and Fishtown native Michael Greenle reflects on the recent designation of St. Laurentius…

Parsing the preservation record

The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas recently sat down with Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development and commerce and executive director of…

The Woodlands charts new course built on old assets, broad appeal

That historic site is so relevant, said hardly anyone ever. But that’s just what The Woodlands has become. The more…

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…

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…

Saucer Watch

As JFK Plaza/LOVE Park is redesigned by Hargreaves Associates this year, it is very much a live question as to whether…

Speaking for the Saucer

Community Contributor Libbie Hawes, a preservationist and steering committee member of the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, makes the…

Want to preserve more of Philly's history? Start with a survey.

Philly has roughly half a million buildings. Just 2% of those buildings are designated historic through listing in the Philadelphia Register…

Retrofitting Philadelphia: Five Takeaways

It is a classic Philadelphia problem: We’re an aged city, rich with old buildings ripe for new futures. Our stock of…

Royal redevelopment plans advancing, facadism and density ahead

We may never know what the Royal Theater could become. Redevelopment proposals, floated around for more than a year, do not…

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