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Welcome to the University City Historical Society

Headlines for March 2015

  • Annual Preservation Awards Presented. Thanks to all who came out to the annual Valentine Tea in February. Congratulations to award recipients for their hard work in the neighborhood.
  • Events Announced for Spring 2015:
  • • Workshop at the Woodlands | Sunday, April 12
  • • UCHS House Tour | Sunday, May 31
  • Profiles in Architecture: Robert A. Pitts (1889–1936), a lesser-known, but still important architect who shaped University City during the late nineteenth century.
  • University City Then & Now: Locust Street Theater, 224 South 52nd Street (1920 & 2010). Originally known as the Locust Theater, the Bushfire Theatre on the corner of 52nd and Locust, was built in 1914 and still operates as a theater with a seating capacity of up to seven hundred.
  • Did You Know? Construction on the Men’s Dormitories at Penn (the “Quad”) began on July 18, 1895 for an estimated $530,000.
  • Ask the Experts: Restoring Marble Fireplaces.
  • Glossary of Terms for Homeowners (continued).

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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.

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