University City Historical Society

PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104, +1 215-387-3019,

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

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

  • Historic Nominations Workshop: fully attended; monthly series to run through May 2019.
  • Save the Date: 2019 UCHS Valentine Tea & Awards Presentation | Sunday, February 10, at The Castle (48th & Springfield)
  • Self-guided Walking Tour: take a stroll through Squirrel Hill with a focus on stonework
  • UCity Then & Now: 4017 Chestnut, Tabernacle Baptist Church (CCCP) (1903 & 2010), Gothic Revival style
  • Ask the Experts: Cracked Chimney
  • Profiles in Architecture: HD Prettyman (active c. 1889 – 1910
  • Door Glossary: "Astragal" to "U-Factor"
  • "Rules for Teachers 1915", from The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
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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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