for an older property can often seem to be a daunting task, but it need
not be. There are a wide variety of resources available to homeowners
and to property owners within historical districts.
The staff of the Historical
Commission is available for consultation on technical matters and
historical research. They can offer information on a wide variety of areas,
ranging from appropriate architectural detail to preservation methods
for deteriorating materials, as well as provide information about local,
state, and federal historic preservation laws and federal tax incentives.
City Historical Society and The University City District sponsor a continuing
series of PRIMER (Preservation, Restoration, Improvement, Maintenance
and Educational Resources) workshops that bring together knowledgeable
professionals with those interested in maintaining and rehabilitating
older homes. Past sessions have included roofing, window repair and maintenance,
plumbing, painting, and insurance. Click
here to get a schedule of upcoming PRIMER workshops and to see useful
notes from past sessions.
Subsidies and Incentives for Historic Preservation
Students in Penn's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation prepared
this resource guide in a studio project focusing on Powelton Villageit
should be helpful for Spruce Hill residents as well. It is available in
Adobe Acrobat format here.
The Adobe Acrobat Reader is available here.
City Historical Society
This group, a sponsor of the Spruce Hill Historic District nomination,
is dedicated to preserving and teaching the history of the neighborhoods
of University City. The UCHS
web site has a wide variety of information on the area's past.
Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
The preservation advocacy group for the Philadelphia region. Visit their
The statewide preservation advocacy group. Their website
Trust for Historic Preservation
The national preservation advocacy group has a web
The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic
Places and offers a wide range of technical information for historic preservation.
Their web sites are currently unavailable because of an unrelated legal
The Interactive Old House Network
website includes a forum
where old house owners can trade ideas and experiences, and a resources
section with links to a wide variety of information.
This magazine has provide useful information for owners of older homes
for decades. Selected articles are available on their
There is currently legislation at both the state and federal levels that
would provide tax rebates to homeowners that complete historic preservation
projects. Check back here for updates.