PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104, +1 215-387-3019, info@uchs.net
Membership Form
  • Household: $25
  • Friend of UCHS: $50
  • Sustaining: $100
  • Senior Citizen: $15
  • Student: $15

To join UCHS, download, print, and return the form.

Membership benefits include:

  • Subscription to On The West Side, the society’s regular members’ newsletter.
  • Access to UCHS members’ local Contractors/Suppliers List.
  • Discounts to UCHS sponsored events, including house tours, workshops, date plaques, and publications.
  • Admissions to special members events such as the annual Valentine's Awards Tea in February.

Contributions are fully tax deductible under current federal tax law.

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Mission Statement

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.

UCHS strives to:

  • Enhance the heritage of West Philadelphia and its rich abundance of architecture, culture, history, and scientific riches.
  • Undertake and encourage multiple facets of historical research and preservation.
  • Provide a forum to all who are interested in the past, present and future development of the University City community.
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Activities include:

  • Collection of materials related to the history and development of West Philadelphia.
  • Recognition of architectural and environmental stewardship through annual “Outstanding Preservation” and “Preservation Initiative Awards” and “Gift to the Streets” commendations.
  • Sponsorship of historical house and walking tours, featuring the architectural wealth of University City.
  • Creation of historic districts to protect the historic integrity of the neighborhoods of University City.
  • Encouragement of historic preservation through workshops and education.
  • To provide historic building markers.
  • To inform the pubic about special topics related to the history of University City and its rich diversified heritage.
  • Through educational programs and special events, to highlight and celebrate local history and preservation endeavors in the neighborhood.

Board of Governors


  • Elizabeth Stegner (President)
  • Heather Calvert
  • Eleanor T. Cernansky
  • Lee J. Garner
  • Joanne Kellerman
  • Amy Lambert
  • Joseph Minardi
  • Jennifer Loustau
  • Mary Beth Murphy
  • Elmore C. Phillips
  • George Poulin
  • Brian Spooner
  • Kelly Wiles
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