Annual Appeal 2013
What do the oldest surviving passenger railroad station in the United States, an ultra-modern storefront designed by the inventor of the modern shopping mall, Center City’s last surviving motion picture palace, and a legendary boxing arena have in common?
Believe it or not, they all face uncertain futures. You would think that these unique architectural and cultural landmarks would survive and thrive, but they need our help to have a viable future.
One way the Preservation Alliance can help is to include these treasures on our 11th Annual Endangered Properties List. This list highlights significant historic resources in the region that are threatened by development pressure, neglect or the lack of historic recognition.
You can help preserve these assets that help make Philadelphia so special by making a tax deductible donation to the Preservation Alliance. Your support will help us to continue to work to find new life for these irreplaceable buildings.
Since its inception in 2003, 80 historic buildings, sites, and thematic resources have been featured on the Preservation Alliance’s Endangered Properties List. Many have since been saved, like the Nugent and Presser Homes in Mt. Airy, both of which were abandoned and facing demolition when they were featured on the 2004 list. In 2010 the Presser Home was successfully converted to senior housing, and the grand opening of the new Nugent Senior Apartments (pictured) will happen in a few months. Another preservation success is St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, listed in 2009, is undergoing a $5 million restoration to house the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Cindy Hamilton, Heritage Consulting Group
We have many such success stories, but unfortunately many treasures are still threatened. In addition to those on this year’s Endangered List, historic gems like the Church of the Assumption, the Royal Theater and Gretz Brewery are still in danger of being lost forever. We need your help to be able to continue to keep a vigilant watch on these properties and to advocate for their appropriate use and development.
Remember, YOU can help us protect the Philadelphia region’s many treasures! Thank you for understanding and appreciating the importance of our work with your generous support.
Since this gift does not entitle you to any goods or services, it is fully deductible under current federal tax law. The official registration and financial information of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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