UCHS

The University City Historical Society

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The Chester–Regent Historic District was designed by Willis Hale and built in 1889–1892. It was nominated by the University City Historical Society and added to the Philadelphia Register in May 2019. Photo: Southeast side of Regent Street, from the Nomination.

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

  • Recommended Reading: Philadelphia Mansions by Thom Nichols (Part 1)
  • Added to Phila Register: 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
  • University City Historic Architecture Walks: Powelton
  • Donald Carter of W Philadelphia, community mourns sudden death of neighbor and community activist.
  • 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.

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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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