History & Archaeology

    • Loudoun Mansion | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Educational reuse being considered for Germantown's vacant Loudoun Mansion

Loudoun Mansion haunts Germantown Avenue, and not just because it’s popularly believed to be riddled with specters. A lightning bolt struck the city-owned mansion in 1993, setting it ablaze, and…

    • Lower Dublin Academy, 2016 | Joseph Menkevich

Researcher works with ghosts of history to save Lower Dublin Academy

A Revolutionary-era schoolhouse in an unexpected location has been nominated to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places by an unlikely researcher. Lower Dublin Academy, built in 1803, is surrounded by an…

    • Goats on Stonehouse Lane, March 1953, Evening Bulletin | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Lens: Finding Stonehouse Lane, South Philly's lost neighborhood

A trip through the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin archives reveals detail on the otherwise lost neighborhood Stonehouse Lane, in deepest southeast Philly, where residents lived on the fringe of city life in…



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.



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