Your July  Preservation Newsletter
Two New Designations 
The Philadelphia Historical Commission has designated two more properties recently nominated by the Preservation Alliance: the former John Decker & Son Building (2704-06 W. Girard Avenue) and the former American Protestant Hall (1415 Locust Street). 

Decker & Son  operated their architectural sheet metal works on W. Girard Ave through the 1960s. Adapting and expanding two late 19 th  century rowhouses, the property maintains its distinctive ornament throughout, in particular its sheet metal cornice, an architectural advertisement of the company's stock-in-trade.

 American Protestant Hall , meanwhile, is one of Center City's oldest existing commercial properties west of Broad Street. Completed in 1858, this Italian Renaissance Revival edifice has housed a multitude of tenants over its lifetime, with beginnings as a nativist club and eventual housing of a Catholic educational institution. Both are fitting additions to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and the Alliance is proud to have helped secure their protection.
September 28 
2019 Architectural Dinner 
at the 
Philadelphia Lazaretto

The Preservation Alliance's 5th Annual Architectural Dinner takes us to one of the area's most historic yet least recognized landmarks:  The Philadelphia Lazaretto, the oldest surviving quarantine facility in the Western Hemisphere. 

Erected along the Delaware River just south of the city in 1800 by the Philadelphia Board of Health, this handsome Federal era structure was nearly lost in the early 2000's in favor of airport parking. After a faithful restoration, the building now serves as the town hall for Tinicum Township.

The evening will begin with  cocktails on the long front porch overlooking the Delaware River. Then a full-course dinner will be served in the Lazaretto's newly renovated main gallery.  Dr. David Barnes, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of a forthcoming book about the history of the Lazaretto, will speak on the fascinating and multi-faceted tale of this stately landmark on the banks of the Delaware.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Firstrust Bank
Inter-Mission LLC
Lazaretto Preservation Association of Tinicum Township
Materials Conservation, Inc.
O'Donnell & Naccarato
Tinicum Township of Delaware County
PA State Historic Tax Credit Reauthorized

Good news! The PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit has been reauthorized and extended to 2031. The program, which was scheduled to sunset in June 2020, will now enjoy eleven additional years of support from the Commonwealth. The program's annual budget has also been increased from $3 million to $5 million. This is far short of the $30 million cap that the Allianc e, Preservation Pennsylvania,  and other advocates had been seeking, but the initial hurdle of reauthorization is one worth celebrating. Among other welcome changes, a new 5% credit (on top of the standard 25% credit) will be extended to projects that incorporate Workforce Housing. Paired with the federal Historic Tax Credit, the PA Tax Credit is a welcome program that can be utilized for preservation projects large and small. We look forward to further pushes for a more generous program cap, still unfortunately one of the lowest in the nation among states with tax credit programs.

Designation of Trinity Church Oxford Parish House Upheld

In 2017, the Preservation Alliance was successful in getting the Trinity Church Oxford Parish House (6901 Rising Sun Avenue) listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. It has since faced an ongoing appeals challenge, seeking to remove the property from the Register. However, we are happy to announce that the most recent appeal, before the PA Commonwealth Court, has been denied and the property remains listed as a historic site. We are hopeful this will pave the way for a new tenant and new life for this Northeast Philly landmark. A huge expression of gratitude to PA State Rep. Jared Solomon Stop Royal Farms, and all near neighbors for their steadfast support.

Tour of Camden County history takes Alliance members into the attic of Pomona Hall.
Wednesday Evening Strolls & Tours Behind the Scenes

Beginning this month, our popular Architecture Walking Tour series will include Wednesday evening tours, in addition to our regular Saturday and Sunday guided walks.  Wednesday, July 17 at 6 PM join us for a look at the art, architecture, and planning of  the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia's grand City Beautiful boulevard.

Trips to Preservation Achievement Award Winners and specialty tours of historic sites also continue through the summer. Join us on Saturday, August 17 for a walking tour of Thomas Ustick Walter's West Chester oeuvre, led by preservationist A. Roy Smith.
Thursday, August 29, Alliance members are invited to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes-tour of the Stephen Girard Building, a Center City adaptive reuse project in progress.

Is there a Preservation Achievement Award winner that you would love to see up close and behind the scenes? Share your suggestions with us on Facebook, Twitter, or email to

Position Opening

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (PA) is hiring for a Director of Preservation Services.  This is a management position that reports to the Executive Director. The person filling this position is expected to manage and oversee the Preservation Alliance's portfolio of almost 250 preservation easements located primarily in the Philadelphia region, and to pursue new easement opportunities as necessary.
Desired qualifications include:
  • A minimum of three years working in historic preservation, urban planning, architecture, architectural history, real estate, or similar;
  • An educational background in historic preservation, architectural history, real estate, or related fields.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Paul Steinke
Executive Director
Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
No phone calls please.


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