Nominations Scheduled for Review, Sept 16
Historic nominations scheduled for review on Wednesday, September 16 at 9:30 am, Room 578 in City Hall. The nominations of 3600-3630 Lancaster Avenue and 4300-02 Osage Ave/4304-06 Osage Ave to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places will be considered by the Historic Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation at their September 16th meeting.
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Sept 17
The Dollar Stroll returns on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 to 8:30. As with the June 25th “Stroll,” the University City Historical Society will have a table on Baltimore Avenue in front of the Calvary Church. We will be offering a variety of items for sale, including one dollar “Green” memberships. Other items are books, mugs with artwork from Sylvia Barkan, posters and historic date markers for your University City home.
Sad Farewell to 40th & Pine
The Samuel Sloan-attributed Italianate mansion at 40th & Pine was demolished the week of August 23, 2015. The house, which stood at that location since 1853 was cleared for demolition by the Historical Commission in December of last year. A compromise plan to save and restore the mansion, which included the addition of an apartment building for student housing, was rejected by a handful of locals. Penn, the owner of the property, claimed financial hardship, which allowed for them to demolish the mansion for student housing.
The house didn't get much respect from many observers, mainly due to some unattractive additions made during the 1970s, when it was used as a nursing home. The hidden beauty of the original architecture was obscured by layers of cinder blocks. Oddly enough, it wasn't until the demolition began that the original house reappeared. With the mansion removed, Penn can now build for student-housing. Failure to reach a compromise between Penn and neighbors constituted a lose-lose situation.