History

City Life

Fact-Checking Philly History Tours: Truths, Half-Truths and Truthiness

Recently I learned about Philadelphia history the way our Colonial forefathers did: by riding around with a pretty date and a La Colombe coffee in […]

Property

Live in a Park in Germantown for $500K

Some Chestnut Hill residents enjoy the privilege of visiting the Morris Arboretum for free anytime they want, thanks to deeds that include access to the […]

Things to Do

Pulitzer/Oprah-Approved Writer Colson Whitehead Speaks for Free at UPenn

After years as toiling away as a “beloved but kinda underappreciated” Genius-granted author, Colson Whitehead reached superstar status last year with the best-selling The Underground […]

Foobooz

Monday Morning TL;DR: How to Cook Pancakes With a Laser

So that’s another weekend over and another work week begun. If you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you heard the rumor that the kid […]

Property

Historic School in Havertown Could Bite the Dust

One of the oldest schoolhouses in Delaware County could cease to exist, depending on who buys it at an auction scheduled for tomorrow evening in […]

Property

Historic Preservation Gets A Big Helping Hand From the National Trust

The designation of Philadelphia as the first and so far only World Heritage City in the United Statea two years ago brought with it bragging rights […]

City Life

11 Things You Might Not Know About the 1926 Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition

In 1876, Philly put on a Centennial Exhibition that set the gold standard for big, innovative civic parties. Fifty years later, it put on a Sesqui-Centennial […]

Property

What $500K Will Buy You in Germantown

Germantown, as its friends and admirers know, is surprisingly diverse from a socioeconomic standpoint. Pockets of poverty and areas of affluence can be found cheek-by-jowl […]

Property

Upsala To Become A Home Again

Upsala, the historic mansion in Mt. Airy that served as the staging ground for Continental Army forces during the 1777 Battle of Germantown, began life […]

Property

Task Force to Revise City Preservation Policy

Mayor Jim Kenney has appointed a panel of developers, scholars, city officials and preservationists to recommend ways the city can better prevent its historic buildings […]

City Life

11 Things You Might Not Know About Samuel Upham

1. In late February of 1862, a year into the Civil War, a Philadelphia stationer named Samuel Curtis Upham observed a run on the sale of copies […]

Property

Panel To Tackle Past, Present and Future in Chestnut Hill

Back in the 1960s, around the time each of them designed iconic residences in the neighborhood, architects Louis Kahn, Romaldo Giurgola and Robert Venturi discussed how […]

Property

Apartments Proposed Atop Ardmore Christian Science Reading Room

Developers Chris and Ryan Tobin want to join the parade of builders adding apartments to downtown Ardmore. Their modest proposal, however, would add two stories […]

Property

Upsala Is Up for Sale

After nearly a decade of efforts to find a new future for Upsala, the historic home across the street from Cliveden on the Germantown/Mt. Airy […]

Property

Greylock Estate Up For Sheriff’s Sale

Greylock, the English Jacobean Revival-style mansion Pittsburgh steel magnate Henry Laughlin built as his retirement home in Chestnut Hill in 1909, is being auctioned off to […]