Your February  Preservation 
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Easement Finalized on Historic Suburban Estate
Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Lindenwold, located in Ambler, joins the ranks of historic sites under the Alliance's supervision. Dr. Richard V. Mattison was a founder of the Keasbey & Mattison Company that manufactured pharmaceuticals and later asbestos. In 1888, Dr. Mattison bought 22 acres of land and commissioned architect Milton Bean to design an elaborate Victorian mansion (later encased in a castle facade) for the site. The Lindenwold estate would later grow to incorporate formal gardens, numerous statuaries, gatehouses, decorative wrought iron gates and walls, and even a small lake, called Loch Linden. Ambler flourished due to his influence; he built over 400 homes for company workers and developed and managed water and electric companies. When his company failed in the Great Depression, Dr. Mattison sold his estate to a group of nuns, the Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth, who managed it as an orphanage for children. St. Mary's Villa for Children operated until recently. 

This estate contains four easements, including the mansion and its interiors, site resources, and the two gatehouses.  The Preservation Alliance was brought on by the Upper Dublin Township and the easement has been in progress since March 2017 during the site's development. View more photographs below: 
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YFPA Church of the Gesu Tour 
February 23rd, 11:00 AM
Presented by the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance

Join YFPA for a tour of the Church of the Gesu, located just off of Girard Avenue, at 17th and Stiles Streets. The church has been closed to the public since 1993. Don't miss this opportunity to view one of the city's most stunning church interiors, only accessible to students of Saint Joseph's Prep and for special events. 

"Pennsylvania Weighs Up to $30 Million a Year in Tax Breaks for Historic Preservation Projects"
By Laura McCrystal for the Philadelphia Inquirer 

"The historic preservation tax credit, capped at $3 million per year, is too small to incentivize large preservation projects.  Lawmakers are responding; bills will soon be introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate and House to raise the cap on the credits to $30 million per year and extend for another decade the program that was passed by the legislature in 2012 and is set to expire in 2020."

Read the full article, including a quote from Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance. 
Photo by Michael Bixler, Hidden City
"After Court Decision, Apartments at Fishtown's St. Laurentius Church Could Finally Become a Reality"
By Caitlin McCabe for the Philadelphia Inquirer

After more than two years of heated controversy surrounding the fate of the abandoned St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown, a decision by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania may finally bring a resolution.

"Delaware Waterfront Agency Promises Public a Role in Plans for Historic Port Site Archaeology"
By Jacob Adelman for the Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. is vowing that a riverside property that was a shipyard during William Penn's time won't be sold until its would-be buyer, the Durst Organization of New York, publicly shares its plans to protect and showcase the site's buried archaeological treasures."

Upcoming Events
Alliance Partner Breakfast Series: Understanding Opportunity Zones
February 26th, 8:00 AM
Presented by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

The federal Opportunity Zone program, created in 2018, promises to open new sources of financing within distressed communities. This new infusion of capital could spur development activity, help restore historic buildings, and transform neighborhoods in lower income areas throughout Philadelphia and selected suburban communities.  Join us to learn about the program and the impact it may have from our panel of experts.  A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

Designation Celebration
March 5th, 6:00 PM
Presented by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

In 2018, 263 properties were protected from demolition in 2018 by virtue of being listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Please join the Preservation Alliance in applauding and celebrating the preservation efforts of the owners and nominators of these historic properties.

Building Philadelphia Speaker Series, Limited Passes & Tickets Available
Presented by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Center for Architecture & Design, & Independence National Historical Park

In an engaging ten-part series, offered March 4 - April 3, renowned local architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians will explore the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia's development. Series passes and individual lecture tickets are available.

Details on the  Preservation Alliance website Pre-registration required, spaces are limited.

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