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History & Archaeology

    • Two PTC drivers and a police man

Wayback Machines: Philly's early double-decker buses

Not too long ago, we ran a pair of Streetsplainers on double-decker buses, first explaining why SEPTA doesn’t use them today, and then looking back to when the old Philadelphia…

    • 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…

    • Independence Hall

Officials toast World Heritage City designation

City officials, business leaders, and local and foreign dignitaries gathered at the Independence Visitor Center Wednesday night to celebrate Philadelphia’s designation as a World Heritage City. Such designations are made by…

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ABOUT HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

A city’s history plays a significant role in how we move through it, especially East Coast colonial cities such as Philadelphia.  William Penn and Thomas Holmes’ grid framework for Center City Philadelphia still exists today and is in many ways Philadelphia’s most defining characteristic.  Oftentimes new development projects will unearth pieces of history long forgotten, as was the case with the planned SugarHouse Casino and the Girard Avenue interchange of I-95.  Keeping and commemorating our important historical moments helps inform future development and contributes additional character to a community.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

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