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    • 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.…

    • 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…

    • Flowers in Spruce Hill

New historic districts proposed for 3 Philly neighborhoods

After years of only protecting individual properties from demolition, the Philadelphia Historical Commission recently unveiled three new proposed historic districts. If they are approved at the June meeting, the commission…

    • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
Eyes on the Street

Saying goodbye to Philadelphia’s first black Catholic church

By Ashley Hahn Over tea, at her kitchen table, Adrienne Andrews Harris cracks open a thick binder containing the story of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. It’s a blend of…

    • The former Please Touch Museum site was demolished in 2016 (Steve Ives/EOTS Flickr Group)
Eyes on the Street

Philly reckons with its endangered history as preservation task force pivots to solutions

By Ashley Hahn “We’re moving through a jungle, shrouded in mist. We’re on a path. We don’t know where it’s going, or what’s going to hit us in the face. But…

    • 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…

    • mt moriah gatehouse preservation

In Cobbs Creek, a home for the dead gets new life

A cemetery with a long, remarkable past – which, unfortunately, included periods of neglect and deterioration – is working on a new plan for a long, sustainable future. Mount Moriah Cemetery,…

    • 4125 chestnut street

Construction continues on apartments planned atop oldest African American graveyard in West Philadelphia

There are no plans to halt construction on an apartment building under development in University City, despite the discovery of a 192-year-old African American cemetery on the site. Vaughan Buckley, the builder…

    • Robinson building, 1020 Market Street | Ashley Hahn, January 2018
Eyes on the Street

On Market East, an unusual fight in old battle pitting preservation against progress

By Ashley Hahn Market Street east of City Hall was one of Philly’s great shopping streets. After years of decline, the tide has shifted, bringing new development to parts of this…

    • 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.…

    • Point Breeze (Credit: Neal Santos/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Philadelphia lags behind other cities in protecting historic resources, national preservation group says.

Philadelphia is “significantly behind” peer cities in “protecting historic resources and incentivizing preservation,” according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Hidden City Philadelphia has the scoop from a Historic Preservation…

    • Garages on Lombard Street

Why forbidden garages keep popping up in your neighborhood

If you ask Fishtown resident Matt Karp, garages that open onto the sidewalk are a plague afflicting Philadelphia’s rowhouse communities.  They reduce the number of eyes on the street and intrude…

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

City commits $40 million to repairing rowhomes

The city is launching this summer a new low-interest loan program that provides homeowners as much as $25,000 to fix up their aging homes, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. The…

    • Harbison milk bottle

Iconic Kensington milk bottle protected from wrecking ball

Kensington’s iconic milk bottle-shaped water tower and the aging industrial building it perches upon can no longer be demolished without a fight. In a unanimous Friday vote, the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

    • Zero Waste and Litter plan's first year timeline | Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan

January 4: Frankford Chocolate Factory | Trickle-down environment | Commercial waste audit system

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue is now on the National Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The federal designation allows the building to qualify for 20 percent tax…

    • Dorothy Shipley White Residence in the snow

Chestnut Hill's modernist trio, fully historically protected in 2017

Even in a city known for its architectural heritage and historic buildings, Chestnut Hill stands out. Long one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, this sylvan community is home to rambling…

    • Students share converted Victorian homes in the Spruce Hill section of West Philadelphia.

Spruce Hill zoning remapping is backdoor historic preservation

Late this year, a bill quietly slipped through City Council that is intended to protect the iconic Victorian homes in Spruce Hill from demolition. The neighborhood enjoys what experts believe is…

    • Robinson store, 1020-24 Market St., 2016

December 20: Positive train control | Deconstructing demolition | Solar supply chain

The city has decided to not challenge L&I’s ruling to remove the former Robinson department store at 1020 Market from the local historic register, Jacob Adelman reports. PREIT, the building’s owner, appealed…

    • 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…

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