PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104, +1 215-387-3019, info@uchs.net

Community Meeting

The State of Preservation
in West Philadelphia
Wednesday, August 24th 6 – 8 pm
Philadelphia Free Library: Walnut West
(201 South 40th Street)

Alarmed by an increasing number of demolitions that have recently occurred in our neighborhood, UCHS is organizing an event for neighbors, community groups, City agents, and organizational leaders to share knowledge, and manage the rapid change in our neighborhood. For more information about the agenda, visit UCHS on Facebook.

Event is free and open to the public.

Worthy of Preservation: 4046–4056 Chestnut. UCHS has nominated six twin houses on the south side of the 4000 block of Chestnut Street for historic designation. Photo by Kelly Wiles © 2016.

Preservation Alert: SAVE JEWELERS ROW. UCHS joins in support of preserving historic Jewelers Row from demolition.

Toll Brothers is planning on the demolition of FIVE buildings in Jewelers Row and building some more gum-and-Popsicle stick buildings in their place. Read more about it at Philly.com. The Preservation Alliance has started a change.org petition. Please sign the petition if you are as shocked and angry as we are. Thank you.

Welcome to UCHS

University City contains the nation's largest collection of intact Victorian housing stock, with three major National Register Historic Districts: Powelton, Garden Court, and the West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb.

Our Mission: The University City Historical Society promotes awareness of the history and architectural character of University City.

End of Summer 2016

Now Accepting Nominations to the Board

The University City Historical Society is seeking nominations to its governing board. During the coming year, the UCHS will be continuing its work nominating properties to the Philadelphia Historical Commission for historic designation, beginning a University City/West Philadelphia Oral History Project, and with events celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.

A background in historic preservation or local history is useful but not required. Nominations should be forwarded via email to info@uchs.net or to the UCHS’s mailing address of P.O. Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104-0627 by August 24th. Self-nominations are welcome.

In the Newsletter

  • Call to Action: UCHS asks friends and neighbors for community-wide collaboration in defense against arbitrary demolitions of historic structures.
  • Preservation Update for 4046–4056 Chesnut: UCHS has nominated six twin houses on the south side of the 4000 block of Chestnut Street for historic designation.
  • Sylvia Barkan Fund for Historic Preservation: A fund has been established for expenses related to efforts in defense of historic structures in University City.
  • 2016 House Tour Wrap Up: UCHS thanks homeowners who opened up their homes on May 21 for the spring house tour featuring the fabulous homes of Powelton Village.
  • University City Then & Now: 318–336 S. 42nd Street (c. 1887 & 2010). The "Kimball Block" is noteworthy as an early example of the Queen Anne style in Philadelphia.
  • Profiles in Architecture: James Fernald (1895–1929), designed residences throughout Philadelphia during the boom years of development.
  • Ask the Experts: Ventilating a Crawl Space
  • Carpets & Rugs, a Glossary: "Crumbcloth" to "Matting."

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