Philadelphia Free Library: Walnut West (201 South 40th Street)
Alarmed by an increasing number of demolitions that have recently occurred in our neighborhood, UCHS is organizing an event for neighbors, community groups, City agents, and organizational leaders to share knowledge, and manage the rapid change in our neighborhood. For more information about the agenda, visit UCHS on Facebook.
University City contains the nation's largest collection of intact Victorian housing stock, with three major National Register Historic Districts: Powelton, 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 is seeking nominations to its governing board. During the coming year, the UCHS will be continuing its work nominating properties to the Philadelphia Historical Commission for historic designation, beginning a University City/West Philadelphia Oral History Project, and with events celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.
A background in historic preservation or local history is useful but not required. Nominations should be forwarded via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the UCHS’s mailing address of P.O. Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104-0627 by August 24th. Self-nominations are welcome.
In the Newsletter
Call to Action: UCHS asks friends and neighbors for community-wide collaboration in defense against arbitrary demolitions of historic structures.
Preservation Update for 4046–4056 Chesnut: UCHS has nominated six twin houses on the south side of the 4000 block of Chestnut Street for historic designation.
Sylvia Barkan Fund for Historic Preservation: A fund has been established for expenses related to efforts in defense of historic structures in University City.
2016 House Tour Wrap Up: UCHS thanks homeowners who opened up their homes on May 21 for the spring house tour featuring the fabulous homes of Powelton Village.
University City Then & Now: 318–336 S. 42nd Street (c. 1887 & 2010). The "Kimball Block" is noteworthy as an early example of the Queen Anne style in Philadelphia.
Profiles in Architecture: James Fernald (1895–1929), designed residences throughout Philadelphia during the boom years of development.
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Carpets & Rugs, a Glossary: "Crumbcloth" to "Matting."