Field Notes Blog

Unlisted: S.S. Kresge Co.

Written and drawn by Ben Leech Unlisted is a series of portraits highlighting unique Philadelphia buildings not yet listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.  To learn how to protect a building by nominating it to the Register, click here. Address: 1520-22 Chestnut Street; 1521-23 Sansom Street Architect: Silverman & Levy Built: 1934 This  little Art […]

New additions to the Philadelphia Register

At last Friday’s Historical Commission meeting, five new properties were approved for listing on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places: four neighborhood bank buildings and the historic interiors of the Family Court Building, providing protection from demolition and adverse alteration. For more information on the designation process and criteria for inclusion, CLICK HERE. Left: PSFS South […]

Living on a Prayer

[slideshow] Mayor Nutter channeled Bon Jovi to sing the praises of historic preservation at the recent ribbon-cutting for the Presser Senior Apartments, a 2011 Preservation Achievement Award recipient: “Given the incredible history of this city, you have to pay attention to preservation,” he said. “You have to hold on to what you have.” Accident?  The former […]

Death by a Thousand Cuts

[slideshow] This before-and-after montage illustrates the unfortunate effect that replacement windows can have on the unique character of the city’s historic architecture. Like a cartoon character’s x’d-out eyes, the slap-dash vinyl windows recently installed in this Chinatown commercial loft robbed the building of some fantastic, one-of-a-kind diamond panes (some nice balcony railings have apparently gone the […]

Tube Tuesday: Allen Lane Via Newsworks and Aaron Warkov, a day in the life of Allen Lane Station, one of six SEPTA regional rail station restoration projects receiving a Preservation Achievement Award at our upcoming Awards Luncheon.  CLICK HERE for more on the event and this year’s other winners.

Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics

From our friends at the Center for Architecture: “Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics” is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William […]


The National Trust’s PreservationNation just featured the Uptown Theater in an article by the Alliance’s own Melissa Jest.  Click the link below for more on this exciting, homegrown preservation campaign.


Other than irreplaceable architectural character and neighborhood identity, what do Philadelphia’s historic churches contribute to the secular health of the city? Our friends at Partners for Sacred Places have the eight figure answer.  Read more from yesterday’s Inquirer:

Mod Winners Announced

Montgomery & Bishop’s District Health Center #1, Louis Kahn’s Richards Medical Labs, and I.M. Pei’s Society Hill Towers were among the top vote-getters in the Alliance’s recent “I Like Mod” online poll of Philadelphia’s favorite mid-century modern architecture. Over 1600 votes were cast for 65 buildings in ten categories. Surprise winners included Juniata Park’s Ferko […]