University City Historical Society

PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104, info@uchs.net

Chester–Regent Historic District, designed by Willis Hale, built 1889–1892, added to the Philadelphia Register 2019.

News from UCHS: Chester–Regent Historic District Nominated to Philadelphia Register of Historic Places

UCHS Announces

The Chester–Regent Historic District

has been added to the

Philadelphia Register of Historic Places


On May 10, The Chester Regent Historic District was approved by the Philadelphia Historic Commission and added to Philadelphia's Register of Historic Places. The Chester-Regent Historic District contains 41 homes designed by Willis G. Hale, the well-known, 19th-century architect. Properties are located on the south side of Chester Avenue and both sides of Regent Street, between 45th and 46th, and share distinguishing characteristics of the Queen Anne style.

Graphic for Announcement

Chester-Regent Historic District | The southeast side of Chester Avenue, June 2018. Photo from Nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
The Chester-Regent Historic District. Southeast side of Regent Street, February 2019. Photo from the Nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
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Preservation Awards

2019 Preservation Awards

This year, 18 property owners and individuals were recognized for their efforts in preserving the historical character of University City. View the Awards

Preservation Initiative Award

Amy Lambert

Christ Methodist Episcopal Church, apse end of the sanctuary | Added to Philadelphia Register of Historic Places 2017.

Outstanding Preservation Award

813 & 815 S 49th Street

813 & 815 S 49th Street | 2019 Preservation Award

Outstanding Preservation Award

705 & 707 S 50th Street

705 & 707 S 50th Street | 2019 Preservation Award

About UCHS

Welcome to UCHS

University City contains the nation's largest collection of intact Victorian housing stock, with three major National Register Historic Districts: Powelton Village, 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.

The University City Historical Society was founded in 1967.

In the Newsletter

  • Preservation Updates: Chester–Regent Historic District, Depot at 4100 Haverford Avenue, Trolley Barn at 41st & Chestnut, St. Frances de Sales Church
  • UCHS Oral History Project, Episode 3: the Molozniks
  • Donald Carter of W Philadelphia, community mourns sudden death of neighbor and community activist.
  • Recommended Reading: Philadelphia Mansions by Thom Nichols (Part 1)
  • University City Historic Architecture Walks: Powelton
  • Profile in Architecture: Minerva Parker Nichols (1863 – 1949)
  • UC Then & Now: 42nd St north of Locust, c. 1907 – 2010
  • Ask the Experts: Wallpaper Woes
  • Many Ways to Say "Porch": "Portico" to "Verandah"
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Preservation Resources

On the Local Register

UCHS works with our members and sister organizations to nominate properties for historic designation on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

Nominations are carefully prepared, filled with informative details, and available for viewing online.

Recent Nominations

On the National Register

Many districts and sites in University City and West Philadelphia have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

UCHS provides text of many older nominations, which are not yet available in digital format at the National Register.

Older Nominations

Preservation Toolkits

Penn Praxis publishes the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit, which is a free workbook for guiding citizens through the nominating process and other actions for preservation.

The Preservation Toolkit by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a free, comprehensive set of online resources.

Preservation Toolkit from Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia

cover | Preservation Alliance Toolkit

Date Markers for Your Home

UCHS provides historic plaques found on homes in University City that identify dates of construction.

Contact UCHS about plaque purchase and installation.

Learn More

How Old is Your Historic Property?

Construction dates for many historic properties can be found in lists of "street-by-street inventories", compiled from nominations to the National Register.

Streetcar Suburb list Garden Court list
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