September 10, 2008 |
The controversial Dilworth House condominium project on Washington Square was dealt a major setback yesterday when the city's Department of Licenses and Inspection reversed a decision to allow a partial demolition of the historic property. The five-member L&I review board voted unanimously to overturn the Philadelphia Historical Commission, which had approved demolishing the back half of the Dilworth House. Former Mayor Richardson Dilworth built the house in 1957 as a symbol of his commitment to the neighborhood's revitalization.
November 11, 1999 |
Girard Estate, that graceful old South Philadelphia enclave of spacious homes and tree-lined streets, has been named a local historic district by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The commission voted unanimously yesterday to bestow the historic designation, which will help preserve the character and architectural integrity of the neighborhood. "It meets all the criteria [for historic designation]. It's an absolute city treasure," said Wayne S. Spilove, chairman of the Historical Commission.
February 16, 2005 |
The neo-Colonial brick house on the east side of Washington Square seems almost self-effacing. But the quiet and long-empty onetime residence of former Mayor Richardson Dilworth appears to be quickly emerging as the locus of a major preservation dustup. Developer John Turchi Jr. wants to demolish the mayor's house, whose 1957 construction is widely viewed as a turning point in the transformation of Society Hill. In its place, Turchi last week told the Society Hill Civic Association, he would erect a 14-story, $25 million condo tower - dubbed "Dilworth House" - designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Robert Venturi.
March 5, 2004 |
For more than 50 years, Philadelphia has struggled with the question of how we are to survive as a modern metropolis after the manufacturing jobs that fueled the city's growth for 150 years left after World War II. How was the city to prosper as a destination, as somewhere more than a pit stop between New York and Washington? How were we to develop new jobs and a vibrant tourist industry? What, in the end, makes Philadelphia unique? The answer is simple: It's the history. Philadelphia is believed to have the largest collection of 18th-century buildings in North America.
August 14, 1991 |
More than 150 preservationists from throughout Pennsylvania gathered here yesterday to hear that efforts to protect the state's history have been put on hold - and to try to figure out what to do now. The meeting was organized by a coalition of preservation and other groups called Pennsylvania at Risk, in response to last month's Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that Philadelphia's preservation law is unconstitutional. "Our world has truly turned upside down," said Grace Gary, executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, a statewide organization based in Lancaster, who called the session an attempt to understand "the new world order after the Supreme Court decision.
May 5, 1999 |
Dream Garden, the threatened glass mosaic created by Maxfield Parrish and Louis Tiffany more than 80 years ago, was the subject of a court hearing yesterday as lawyers for the city and the owner argued over the proper venue to determine the fate of the 49-by-15-foot work of art. The mural, designed for the lobby of what is now the Curtis Center off Independence National Historical Park, is owned by the estate of developer John Merriam, which has...
June 5, 1988 |
A pair of preservation officials, after touring the township earlier in the day, joined the move to save historic properties in Lower Merion. Martha Wolf, a preservation specialist with the Brandywine Conservancy, and Richard Tyler, executive director of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, spoke Thursday to the Ad Hoc Zoning and Planning Review Committee, which has been wrestling with implementation of a newly passed township preservation ordinance....
December 15, 2003 |
Old City has been given a new distinction: historic district. Last week, the Philadelphia Historical Commission unanimously approved Old City as the ninth historic district designated in the city since 1984. The decision makes buildings, structures, sites and objects in the district subject to regulation and oversight by the commission on such matters as alterations and demolitions. "It's a great day for Philadelphia," said Michael Sklaroff, the commission chairman. "I don't know why it took so long.
August 12, 1999 |
Residents opposed to the reconstruction of the McIlhenny mansion on Rittenhouse Square yesterday told the Philadelphia Historical Commission that a part of the structure once believed to be historically insignificant may in fact be historically valuable. The assertion, however, proved too complex and time-consuming for commission members, who decided to postpone debate until they could schedule a special meeting for the matter. No date was set. For months, several Rittenhouse Square residents and city preservationists have opposed the plans of the mansion's new owner, Henry McNeil Jr., to demolish and reconstruct portions of the structure, a patchwork of five linked buildings, 1914-16 Rittenhouse Square and, in the back, 1915-1919 Manning St. The mansion, on the southwest corner of Rittenhouse Square, is named for famed art collector Henry McIlhenny, who lived there for decades, entertaining such guests as Queen Elizabeth and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
April 13, 2002 |
The former Boyd Theatre at 1908 Chestnut St., the city's last remaining movie palace from the 1920s, was denied historical status yesterday by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The Boyd, currently operating as the Sameric Theatre, was the subject of protracted litigation in the 1980s and early 1990s after the historical commission voted in 1987 to designate the theater's opulent interior, as well as its art-deco exterior, as historic. The designation meant that no alterations to the building could be made without the approval of the historical commission.