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UCHS | PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | ph +1 215-387-3019 | www.facebook.com/UCityHistoricalSociety

Welcome to the University City Historical Society

"In a West Philadelphia neighborhood, young families find the joy of city life amid architectural treasures."

Headlines for September–October 2014

  • UCHS Board Officers Announced. UCHS is pleased to announce its newly elected officers to two-year terms of service.
  • 4224 Baltimore Avenue Update UCHS petitions Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell in support of the community-approved plan for a more neighborhood-friendly development.
  • Ask the Experts: We all may have experienced a perennially slow-draining sink in a 19th or 20th century home in West Philadelphia. BEFORE it becomes a disaster again, go for this home remedy using only white vinegar and baking soda (see newsletter for directions).
  • Did You Know? The Market Street Bridge officially opened on January 1, 1805. Previously, the only passage across the Schuylkill at Market Street was over an insecure and hazardous pontoon bridge. The total amount of tolls collected in 1799 over the floating bridge was $5,000. The amount received after the 1805 completion of the bridge was $13,000.
  • Profiles in Architecture: John L. Coneys (fl. 1903–1930) made major contribution to the development of University City with the Garden Court Apartments and a number of residences for developer Clarence R. Siegel in the Garden Court neighborhood.
  • University City Then & Now: The Potts Residence, 3905 Pine (1918 & 2010).

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Announcements

Nominees Sought for UCHS Preservation Awards

UCHS is looking for nominees for its annual preservation awards, which will be announced next February at the UCHS Valentine Tea, held every year at The Castle at 48th & Springfield. UCHS is looking for worthy nominees from around University City for the categories: Preservation Initiative Award, Gift to the Streets, and Outstanding Preservation Award. Homeowners are invited to nominate their own completed renovations and nominees need not be members of UCHS, although they are welcome to join. Email nominations to info@uchs.net.

UCHS Board Officers Announced

UCHS is pleased to announce its newly elected officers: Elizabeth Stegner assumes the duties of President. Joseph Minardi will serve as Vice President and Moira Nadal takes on the role of Secretary. Joanne Kellerman continues as UCHS Treasurer. We thank Melani Lamond for her hard work and dedication to UCHS during her two-year term as President.

"Architectural Treasures" of University City

A variety of building styles spanning a century of West Philadelphia development were on view for this year's tour of University City Houses, as depicted in illustrations by Sylvia Barkan who was an artist and founding member of UCHS. Sylvia's drawings were published in the October 10, 1971 edition of Discover, which was the magazine of the Philadelphia Sunday Bulletin, a major Philadelphia newspaper that closed in the early 1980s.

The cover of that issue featured the "Architectural Treasures" of University City in a mosaic of details captured in color photographs by Sylvia Barkan. The cover was a beautiful representation of many of the architectural details of the area (most still with us) and the inscription was as telling then as now, "In a West Philadelphia neighborhood, young families find the joy of city life amid architectural treasures."

Join us next year for another UCHS Spring House Tour.

UCHS | PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | ph +1 215-387-3019 | www.facebook.com/UCityHistoricalSociety