Upcoming Event: Public Meetings for Chester–Regent Historic District Nomination
The Chester–Regent Historic District
Nomination Submitted to the Philadelphia Historic Commission
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:30 am
Friday, May 10, 2019, 9:00 am
1515 Arch St, Rm 18-029 (18th Flr)
Philadelphia, PA 19102
The proposed 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 Upcoming Event
The Chester-Regent Historic District. Southeast side of Regent Street, February 2019. Photo from the Nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Read the Announcement
Read the Nomination
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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.
The University City Historical Society promotes awareness of the history and architectural character of University City. Our Mission:
The University City Historical Society was founded in 1967.
In the Newsletter
Congratulations to 2019 Preservation Award Winners
UCHS Launches Oral History Project, Episodes 1 & 2
University City Historic Architecture Walks: Garden Court
Many Ways to Say "Porch": "Gallery" to "Porte Cochere"
Ask the Experts: relaminate Columns on a House
Nominators Writing Group update
Profiles in Architecture: Clement Remington (active c. 1887 – 1910)
UC Then & Now: Swain Mansion, 3925 Chestnut Street (Ronald McDonald House), c. 1907 – 2010
CEASE and Resist: Community, Economy, Architecture, Stewardship, Environment
On the Local Register
UCHS works with our members and sister organizations to nominate properties for historic designation on the
Register of Historic Places.
Nominations are carefully prepared, filled with informative details, and available for viewing online.
On the National Register
Many districts and sites in University City and West Philadelphia have been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
text of many older nominations, which are not yet available in digital format at the National Register. Older Nominations
Penn Praxis publishes the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit, which is a free
workbook for guiding citizens through the nominating process and other actions for preservation.
Preservation Toolkit by the Preservation Alliance for
Greater Philadelphia is a free, comprehensive set of online resources.
Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit from PennPraxis
Preservation Toolkit from Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
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.
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