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Tube Tuesday: Greenbelt Knoll

Greenbelt Knoll was designated a Philadelphia Historic District in 2006, and in 2007 the residents of the neighborhood received the Preservation Alliance’s Community Action Award.  This short documentary was produced for the Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places series. For more on Greenbelt Knoll, click here.

Unlisted: Schlichter Jute Cordage Works

Written and drawn by Ben Leech Unlisted is a series of portraits highlighting 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: 2155 Castor Avenue Architect: Unknown Built: c.1858 Buildings like the former Schlichter Jute Cordage […]

The New Batch

Written by Kristin Hagar A magnificent block of North 2nd Street runs the gamut of Philadelphia architectural history.  Stand midway down the block between Arch and Race Streets and slowly turn around 360 degrees:  in one glimpse you’ll see the Paul Cret’s Ben Franklin Bridge, I.M. Pei’s Society Hill Towers, iconic Elfreth’s Alley, and a strikingly […]

Unlisted: Robinson’s

Written and drawn by Ben Leech Unlisted is a series of portraits highlighting 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: 1020 Market Street Architect: Victor Gruen and Elsie Krummeck Built: 1946 The former Robinson […]

Tube Tuesday: Mansions of North Broad Street

Michael Stern led a Preservation Alliance-sponsored tour of North Philadelphia’s Mansion District as part of the North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance’s Treasures of North Philadelphia openhouse on April 24.  In case you missed it…