News from UCHS: Chester–Regent Historic District Nominated to Philadelphia Register of Historic Places
The Chester–Regent Historic District
has been added to the
Philadelphia Register of Historic Places
On May 10, The Chester Regent Historic District was approved by the Philadelphia Historic Commission and added to Philadelphia's Register of Historic Places. The Chester-Regent Historic District contains 41 homes designed by
Willis G. Hale, the well-known, 19th-century architect. Properties are located on the south side of Chester Avenue and both sides of Regent Street, between 45th and 46th, and share distinguishing characteristics of the Queen Anne style.
Graphic for Announcement
The Chester-Regent Historic District. Southeast side of Regent Street, February 2019. Photo from the Nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Read the Announcement
Read the Nomination
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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.
The University City Historical Society promotes awareness of the history and architectural character of University City. Our Mission:
The University City Historical Society was founded in 1967.
In the Newsletter
Preservation Updates: Chester–Regent Historic District, Depot at 4100 Haverford Avenue, Trolley Barn at 41st & Chestnut, St. Frances de Sales Church
UCHS Oral History Project, Episode 3: the Molozniks
Donald Carter of W Philadelphia, community mourns sudden death of neighbor and community activist.
Philadelphia Mansions by Thom Nichols (Part 1) University City Historic Architecture Walks: Powelton
Profile in Architecture: Minerva Parker Nichols (1863 – 1949)
UC Then & Now: 42nd St north of Locust, c. 1907 – 2010
Ask the Experts: Wallpaper Woes
Many Ways to Say "Porch": "Portico" to "Verandah"
On the Local Register
UCHS works with our members and sister organizations to nominate properties for historic designation on the
Register of Historic Places.
Nominations are carefully prepared, filled with informative details, and available for viewing online.
On the National Register
Many districts and sites in University City and West Philadelphia have been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
text of many older nominations, which are not yet available in digital format at the National Register. Older Nominations
Penn Praxis publishes the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit, which is a free
workbook for guiding citizens through the nominating process and other actions for preservation.
Preservation Toolkit by the Preservation Alliance for
Greater Philadelphia is a free, comprehensive set of online resources.
Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit from PennPraxis
Preservation Toolkit from Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
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.
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