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UCHS Valentine Tea | February 22, 2015

Headlines for January 2015

  • Save the date! UCHS will present the 2015 preservation awards on Sunday, February 22, 2015 (a week later than previously announced) from 4 to 6 PM at the Castle, 930 South 48th. Please join us for another celebration with tea, pastries, and sandwiches at the historic "Castle" (built c. 1900, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985). The event is free to all UCHS members and their guests.
  • UCHS Mission Statement Revision Vote to be Held at Valentine Tea
  • Profiles in Architecture: Charles Klauder (1872–1938) born in Philadelphia, the son of a German furniture manufacturer, Klauder began his career as an architect in the office of Theophilus P. Chandler (1848–1928) at the tender age of fifteen. Klauder became one of the most successful and prolific designers of college campus buildings in the United States.
  • University City Then & Now: Chester Ave., west of 45th St. (1907 & 2010). The twin homes are of the Queen Anne-Colonial Revival motif by Robert K. Marple and were begun on April 17, 1895.
  • Did You Know? The city of Philadelphia has two Springfield Avenues; one in University City (of course!), and the other in Chestnut Hill. Springfield Avenue in University City and Chestnut Hill are both lined with fine Victorian-era homes.
  • Glossary of Terms for Homeowners (continued from previous issue).

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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