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UCHS | PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | ph +1 215-387-3019 | www.facebook.com/UCityHistoricalSociety

Welcome to the University City Historical Society

"In a West Philadelphia neighborhood, young families find the joy of city life amid architectural treasures."

Headlines for July–August 2014

  • UCHS Board Nominees Announced. The Nominating Committee of UCHS is pleased to announce the nominees for the term beginning in September, 2014. A ballot has been sent to all UCHS members, due back to UCHS by August 31, 2014.
  • Nominees sought for annual UCHS Preservation Awards.
  • Final Days for St. Peter’s Church? A stay of demolition was granted recently, but only if key stakeholders can prove that the title to the property is free and clear and new buyers can prove that it is structurally sound.
  • Did You Know? St. Mary’s Church on Locust Walk is all that remains of Hamilton Village, which is described as the first modern suburb of Philadelphia because residents commuted daily over then-new Market Street bridge.
  • University City Then & Now: The Sedgley Apartments, 45th and Pine (1909 & 2014).
  • Featured Historic House: The Gables Bed & Breakfast, corner of 46th and Chester built in 1889.
  • Profiles in Architecture: Theophilus Parsons Chandler, Jr. (1848–1928), largely responsible for the creation of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1890; despite great achievements and influence in the field of architecture, he is little-known today.
  • Event Wrap-up's: Spruce Hill Fair, May 10; UCHS House Tour, June 1; Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll, June 19.

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Announcements

Nominees Sought for UCHS Preservation Awards

UCHS is looking for nominees for its annual preservation awards, which will be announced next February at the UCHS Valentine Tea, held every year at The Castle at 48th & Springfield. UCHS is looking for worthy nominees from around University City for the categories: Preservation Initiative Award, Gift to the Streets, and Outstanding Preservation Award. Homeowners are invited to nominate their own completed renovations and nominees need not be members of UCHS, although they are welcome to join. Email nominations to info@uchs.net.

UCHS Board Nominees Announced

The Nominating Committee of UCHS is pleased to announce the nominees for the term beginning in September, 2014. Voting is now open. Biographical information about the nominees is provided inside the July–August newsletter, which has been sent to all UCHS members along with a ballot form. For members to cast votes, please complete the ballot and return it to: UCHS, P.O. Box 31927, Phila., PA 19104.

"Architectural Treasures" of University City

A variety of building styles spanning a century of West Philadelphia development were on view for this year's tour of University City Houses, as depicted in illustrations by Sylvia Barkan who was an artist and founding member of UCHS. Sylvia's drawings were published in the October 10, 1971 edition of Discover, which was the magazine of the Philadelphia Sunday Bulletin, a major Philadelphia newspaper that closed in the early 1980s.

The cover of that issue featured the "Architectural Treasures" of University City in a mosaic of details captured in color photographs by Sylvia Barkan. The cover was a beautiful representation of many of the architectural details of the area (most still with us) and the inscription was as telling then as now, "In a West Philadelphia neighborhood, young families find the joy of city life amid architectural treasures."

Join us next year for another UCHS Spring House Tour.

UCHS | PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | ph +1 215-387-3019 | www.facebook.com/UCityHistoricalSociety