Advocacy in Action

Whether we are proactively engaging with property owners and community stakeholders or mobilizing to address unexpected threats, public outreach and advocacy are at the core of the Preservation Alliance’s mission.

Follow the links to the left to learn more about historic places we are working to support, threats we are working to overcome, good ideas that we are working to spread, and the tools available for you to help preserve the region’s historic assets and unique character.

Pending Nominations

Two recent Alliance-submitted nominations are officially pending before the Philadelphia Historical Commission. On Friday, December 8, the full Commission will consider our nomination for the Engine 46 Firehouse, designed by John T. Windrim and constructed in 1894. On December 13, the Committee on Historic Designation considers our nomination for the Wanamaker Grand Court, designed by Daniel H. Burnham and completed in 1910. If approved, the Wanamaker Grand Court would become only the third historically designated interior space in Philadelphia. Currently, only City Hall’s City Council chambers and portions of the former Family Court at 1801 Vine St enjoy that distinction. In 2010, the Commission was granted the authority to designate public interior spaces. (Click on the names above to read the nominations.)

Wanamaker’s Grand Court Interior, 1301-25 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Engine 46 Firehouse, 1401 S. Water Street, Philadelphia

Recent Designations

(Click on the names of the properties below to read the nominations.)