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ADVOCACY UPDATE: Notable Properties Edge Closer to Local Designation

On Thursday, December 3, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation recommended for approval our most recent nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places: 5700 N. Broad St., the former North City Trust Company. Located at the northwest corner of N. Broad St and Chew Ave., the building was constructed in 1931 and designed by local firm Thalheimer and Weitz. It is one of many historic properties along N. Broad St. that do not currently enjoy protection on the Philadelphia Register – and a remarkably intact example of an Art Deco bank. The full nomination is available for review here.

Also notable from yesterday’s meeting, the University City Historical Society and Docomomo US/Greater Philadelphia’s nomination of International House was up for consideration, two weeks after a redevelopment proposal was reviewed by PHC’s Architectural Committee. The Committee on Historic Designation unanimously recommended approval, rightly recognizing “I” House as one of Philadelphia’s most prominent mid-century buildings, and among its finest examples of Brutalism. Full nomination available for review here.

North City Trust Company, International House, and other properties considered yesterday will be up for final approval at the next monthly meeting of the full Historical Commission, Friday, December 11, at 9am.

A reminder that PHC meetings are currently being hosted remotely and are open to the public. Recordings of remote meetings and past meeting minutes are available on the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s website.

International House.1970. Upenn Architectural Archives
North City Trust. Adrian Trevisan. 2020

December Preservation To-Do List

This month, look forward to the continuation of our Fall Speakers Series, explore our new digital book store for holiday gifts, attend holiday celebrations, and much more!

Click here to view more preservation-related events around town this month.

Best Wishes for a safe and joyous Holiday Season from all of us at the Preservation Alliance!
Paul, Susan, Patrick, Jennifer, and Vinni


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