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    • Visionaries Roundtable (l to r): Bryan Hanes, Inga Saffron, David De Long, Richard Snowden |  Marcos Salganicoff, Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Conservancy & Historical Society

Chestnut Hill roundtable looks to the past to plan for the future

For an evening focused on preserving historic buildings and protecting the landscape, there was a whole lot of talk about accepting development and preparing for change. But that was the point.…

    • Conservation easements on private properties in Chestnut Hill help manage development and protect the Wissahickon watershed  | Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Chestnut Hill group broadens focus to integrate preservation and conservation

Community efforts to preserve the historic character of Chestnut Hill’s built environment are expanding this year to protect its natural assets as well. The neighborhood’s historical society, founded in 1967, changed…

    • Former Penn Fruit turned Thriftway, 2012 | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Venturi House, Frankford's Penn Fruit, and Northern Liberties row designated historic

While the commission kicked the can down the road on the case that excited the most attention—the controversial Jewelers’ Row case—several properties were added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic…

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ABOUT CHESTNUT HILL


Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the Germantown/Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. The area's boundaries consist of Northwestern Avenue, Creshiem Creek, Stenton Avenue, and the Wissahickon Gorge. The area has long been known for its upscale living opportunities, with records of mansions being built for the area’s elite as early as the late 19th century. Before the area developed into its current glory, William Penn sold the 5,700 acres of land to German investors who he had met in Frankfort Germany. By 1854, the land was annexed to the city of Philadelphia. The area’s ideal location between City Hall and the outlying farms made it an perfect meeting place. The neighborhood’s greenery and general landscape made it a popular with many wealthy vacationers in addition to year-round residents. Today the area still holds its previous appeal. Many affluent Philadelphians call  Chestnut Hill home. In 2007, Chestnut Hill was named as one of the top seven urban enclaves in the country. With its forests that line Wissahickon Street to its lavish retail opportunities on Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill arguably offers the best that Philadelphia has to offer.

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