University City Historical Society

PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104,

Woodland Terrace. Designed by Samuel Sloan 1861, added to National Register 1972. Photo by Joseph Minardi © 2010.

Upcoming Event

Woodlands Walking Tour

Saturday, April 27th 2019

11 am to 12:30 pm

Meet at the Trolley Car Station, 3940 Baltimore Ave


Ticket Information

Join UCHS for a guided tour of the Woodlands, including the historic Hamilton Mansion's first floor.


Upcoming Event: Public Meetings for Chester–Regent Historic District Nomination

UCHS Proposes

The Chester–Regent Historic District

Nomination Submitted to the Philadelphia Historic Commission

Public Hearings

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.

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Chester-Regent Historic District | The southeast side of Chester Avenue, June 2018. Photo from Nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
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

Preservation Awards

2019 Preservation Awards

This year, 18 property owners and individuals were recognized for their efforts in preserving the historical character of University City. View the Awards

Preservation Initiative Award

Amy Lambert

Christ Methodist Episcopal Church, apse end of the sanctuary | Added to Philadelphia Register of Historic Places 2017.

Outstanding Preservation Award

813 & 815 S 49th Street

813 & 815 S 49th Street | 2019 Preservation Award

Outstanding Preservation Award

705 & 707 S 50th Street

705 & 707 S 50th Street | 2019 Preservation Award

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

  • 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
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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.

Learn More

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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