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.
Our Mission: The University City Historical Society promotes awareness of the history and architectural character of University City.
The University City Historical Society was founded in 1967.
In the Newsletter
- COVID-19: UCHS postpones events
- UCHS Announces Virtual House Tour
- Hickman Temple AME Church (formerly St. Paul's Presbyterian)
- When Baseball was Played in West Philly
- A Feast for the Eyes: photo essay of West Philadelphia by Paul Steinke
- UC Then & Now: 4105–09 Chestnut Street (Radio Church of God), c. 1901 – 2020
- Did you Know? Masonry Wall Indentations: marks of the quarry process
On the Local Register
UCHS works with our members and sister organizations to nominate properties for historic designation on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
Nominations are carefully prepared, filled with informative details, and available for viewing online.Recent Nominations
On the National Register
Many districts and sites in University City and West Philadelphia have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
UCHS provides 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.
The 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.Learn More
Dates of Construction
When was your historic property built?
Construction dates for many historic properties can be found in lists of "street-by-street inventories", which were compiled from nominations to the National Register.Streetcar Suburb list Garden Court list