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A Digital Future for Lit Bros?

In June 2011, City Council passed an ordinance creating the Market Street East Advertising District between 7th Street and 13th Street.  Intended to spur the revitalization of Market East, the ordinance allows property owners to erect large-format animated digital signage in exchange for major  property improvements.  The bill excluded historic buildings from the district except in cases […]

Preservation is Good Business

Katherine Dowdell, a principal with Blackney Hayes Architects and former chair of the Preservation Alliance’s board of directors, makes the case for preservation in the newest edition of DAGspace, a monthly column published by the Design Advocacy Group.  CLICK HERE to view a .pdf of her full article. Her argument in a nutshell? “Preservation projects […]

These Places Matter

Two area sites are among 100 historic places nationwide selected for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This Place Matters Community Challenge. Philadelphia’s Visitation BVM Parish and West Chester’s Lincoln Biography Building are competing for a share of $40,000 in grants in the Trust’s annual contest.  You can vote for your favorite project now through […]

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 […]

$50,577,098

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: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/religion/20110201_A_study_asks__What_s_a_church_s_economic_worth_.html

A Sense of Place: Preserving Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia 2010 Citywide Conference is right around the corner, but there’s still time to secure a spot. A Sense of Place: Preserving Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods will take place on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM at the Temple University, Student Faculty Center, 3340 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, […]