Your January  Preservation 
2019 Preservation Awards
Call for Nominations

2018 Grand Jury Award Winner, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

On June 5, 2019, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia will present the Preservation Achievement Awards to a select group of individuals, organizations, and businesses for projects throughout the region that exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. Visit the Alliance website  to see past years' winners and nominate your selection for this year's  Grand Jury and Special Recognition Awards. 

Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 8 at 5 PM More information and online nomination forms.
An Update from the Historical Commission: Nine New Nominations Approved 

The Historical Commission recently approved nine new additions to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Among those is the Radio Church of God, nominated by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia with Ben Leech. 

The former Hamilton School building at 4105-09 Chestnut Street was designed by prolific school architect Joseph Anshutz and constructed in 1891 for use as a private primary and secondary school. Following the school's closure in 1900, the building housed the Free Library of Philadelphia's West Philadelphia Branch from 1901 to 1906. Between 1906 and 1926, the building served as the headquarters of the West Philadelphia Republican Club. Since 1940, the building has been home to the Radio Church of God, a congregation founded by the charismatic African American evangelist Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux (1885-1968), a nationally significant pioneer in religious radio and television broadcasting. In 1951, the Gospel Spreading Church of God, the direct descendant of Michaux's original church, obtained the building and is still occupying it today.

Building Philadelphia Speaker Series Passes & Tickets
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. Tickets to individual talks ($10 - $20) now available. Enjoy discounted pricing on  Series Passes, with   special Early Bird price through February 4  and a discount for Alliance members .

Details on the  Preservation Alliance website .
Behind the Marquee at
Philadelphia's Uptown Theater
Saturday, February 2 at
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Originally built as a movie theater in 1929, the Art Deco landmark on North Broad boasted a lavish interior with stained glass, brightly colored frescoes, and high ceilings, following designs by Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris. Today, the Uptown is looking toward a new life as a technology and entertainment center. Ahead of the 90th anniversary celebration of its opening, join us for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Uptown led by  Linda Richardson, president of the Uptown Entertainment & Development Corp.; engineer  Norman Marcus; and  Ron Gathers, who performed at the Uptown in the 1960s with the R&B group, The Majors.

Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Details and tickets on the Alliance website.
Balance Lost Buildings With Those Saved In 2018
Written by Paul Steinke for Hidden City Philadelphia
Hidden City Daily's  annual Lost Buildings list was the basis for Paul Steinke's recent Op-Ed piece. While 400 demolition permits were approved by the city in 2018,  this list aims to celebrate some of the 263 properties that were protected from demolition by being listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. 

Jefferson Announces New M.S. in Historic Preservation

This year, Thomas Jefferson University's College of Architecture and the Built Environment will debut their new graduate studies program in historic preservation. What sets Jefferson's program apart is its focus on preserving modern buildings with their new Center for Modernism. Along with advocating for their newly acquired Hassrick House by Richard Neutra in 2017, the program looks to focus on Modernism in Philadelphia with relation to the rest of the international movement. 

APT February Lecture Series
Presented by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) invites Alliance members to its annual Philadelphia history lecture series taking place Wednesday evenings in February, 6 - 9 PM at the Powel House, 244 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia. These lectures are a perfect complement to Building Philadelphia, and Alliance members can sign up at the discounted APT member rate. We are also pleased to announce that APT and the Alliance will be co-sponsoring a two-part guiding workshop at the end of Building Philadelphia. The workshop is free for those who attend the Building Philadelphia series or the APT lectures. 


Annual memberships start at just $50!

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