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Headlines for May 2015

  • 4224 Baltimore Ave Update: 4224 Baltimore Ave proposal will be reviewed by the City's Civic Design Committee.
  • Profiles in Architecture: Robert K. Marple, worked primarily on residences in the Cedar Park neighborhood (1887 – 1901).
  • University City Then & Now: 48th Street & Baltimore Ave (1909 & 2010). The intersection of 48th and Warrington is dominated by the Castle Apartments, built in 1904. The “then” photo shows the apartment building just five years after its completion and before the addition of the multi-tiered veranda facing 48th Street.
  • Did You Know? The University of Pennsylvania’s President’s House (3812 Walnut Street) was originally the house of Otto Eisenlohr, 1910–1911. Designed by Horace Trumbauer, it was strongly influenced by French Classicism of the seventeenth century.
  • Ask the Experts: Restoring Marble Fireplaces | Addendum.
  • Glossary of Terms for Homeowners (continued: “Lincrusta-Walton” to “Tertiary Colors”).

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    Neighborhood Conservation Districts Information

    Visitors to UCHS.net are encouraged to learn more about the "Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District" (NCO), which is a provision in the City of Philadelphia's zoning code that allows for creation of NCO's for the purpose of conserving unique characteristics of Philadelphia neighborhoods. Queen Village and Overbrook Farms are two neighborhoods with NCO status, which establishes guidelines for new construction but does not prevent demolitions.

    The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has a good resource for information about Conservation Districts in its "Preservation Toolkit." The Toolkit includes descriptions of the Philadelphia Register and National Register of Historic Places and explains how the designations have different strengths for preventing demolitions in historic neighborhoods.

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