University City Historical Society

PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Welcome to UCHS

The University City Historical Society was founded in 1967.

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.

In the Newsletter

January 2018

  • Spruce Hill Historic District: Will it finally be a reality?
  • Recommended Reading: West Philadelphia: University City to 52nd Street by Robert M. Sklar.
  • 2018 Valentine Tea & Awards Presentation: Feb 11.
  • Pictures From Our Past: 1950's historic photos of University City.
  • Profiles in Architecture: J. Frank Bradley (active 1910 – 1927).
and more

"The Past is Alive in University City"

Because we want this history to be read by the residents and other interested members of the public, it is written in the style of a simple chronicle. … The information contained herein concerning the personalities and places of old West Philadelphia should enrich our efforts in building University City.

—A History of Philadelphia's University City, 1963

Oral History Project

UCHS announces a new project to record stories about changes in the neighborhood since UCHS began its work 50 years ago. If you know of any residents or former residents willing to share their recollections, send us an email.
email address for oral history project

Sylvia Barkan Fund for Historic Preservation

A fund has been established for expenses related to efforts in defense of historic structures in University City.

Donations can be mailed to UCHS, P.O. Box 30197, Philadelphia, PA 19104-0627.

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