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One of the Oldest Houses in Philly Is Going Up for Sheriff’s Sale

Calling all American history buffs with some cash to spare: A Revolution-era home dating back to the early 18th Century is among the properties up […]

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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 […]

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The Gershman Y Wins Historic Protection

A prominent South Broad Street landmark that now serves two purposes has been added to Philadelphia’s historic register over the objections of its owner. Liz […]

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Fishtown Church Will Live On As Live/Work Space

Preservation activist Oscar Beisert’s petition to add the Church of the Living Word in Fishtown, which began life as the Fifth Reformed Dutch Church, to […]

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Historical Commission Kicks Jewelers Row Can Down the Road Again

After an hour of contentious debate and impassioned pleas from local preservationists, the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted 8-3 to continue postponing a final decision on […]

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Council Members Push to Protect More of Philly’s Historic Architecture

A bill introduced in City Council on Thursday morning could end up nearly doubling the budget of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, a small department charged […]

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PECO Delaware Station Recommended for Historic Register

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s designation committee unanimously recommended yesterday that the former PECO Delaware Station be added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Two […]

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Philadelphia Historical Commission Debuts New Interactive Map

With all of the development around town these days, it’s helpful (and important) to know which properties are historically registered or if they sit within […]

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Chestnut Hill Firehouse Deemed Historic, New One on the Way

The Philadelphia Historical Commission has decided to historically designate Engine 37 at 101 W. Highland Ave. in Chestnut Hill. The implications of the unanimous vote are actually two-fold, reports Jana […]

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Forget LED, Historical Commission Says PSFS Building Must Keep Its Neon Sign

The same day the Historical Commission’s Architecture Committee gave Eimer Architecture and Pearl Properties the thumbs down for their plans at the Boyd Theatre site, another iconic property […]

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Morning Headlines: A Mini PSFS Building? Historical Commission Makes Final Decision In One Week

Could a smaller model of the PSFS building rise from the corner of 13th and Florist? That’s what Inga Saffron seems to think after reviewing the […]

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Morning Headlines: Preservationist Howard Haas On the Boyd Theatre Verdict

For a split second there it seemed as if the Boyd Theatre would get its happy ending, last minute hero and all. But to the […]

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Morning Headlines: 84 Percent Endorse iPic’s Plan for the Boyd

Yesterday, Philly mag conducted a poll that asked the question: “Is it time to tear down the Boyd?” A startling 84 percent of respondents said, “Yes, […]