Philadelphia Historic Preservation
Following in Frank’s footsteps
How a Philly couple discovered the modern architect Frank Weise through his plans
A beginner’s guide to historic preservation in Philly
See something historic? Say something. Here’s a beginner’s guide to nominating a building, structure, district, or street for historic designation.
Gif shows Schuylkill River’s dramatic transformation
It looks a lot different now than 70 years ago
The ultimate guide to 30th Street Station
Where to eat, where to wait, and what to avoid at Philadelphia’s historic transportation hub.
Philly’s oldest historic buildings, mapped
Some neighborhoods are unrecognizable from five years ago, but Philly has managed to hold onto some of its oldest, most significant structures that date all the way back to the 17th century.
A Q&A on preservation with Docomomo’s Dan Macey
Macey tells us why we should preserve modern structures, and how to get involved.
Philly’s most iconic buildings, mapped
From the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Independence Hall, these buildings are the heart and soul of this city.
Eastern State Penitentiary: Then and Now
These before-after photos show just how much (or perhaps how little) the historic penitentiary in Fairmount has changed from its beginnings in the early 1800s.
Mapping Philly's historic and notable graveyards
Philadelphia is filled with certified historic cemeteries dating back to the late 1600s, and we've rounded up 16 of them right here. Some of them are neglected and downright spooky, while others have been beautifully maintained throughout history.
The lost mansions of Rittenhouse Square
While living on the Square is certainly posh today, it doesn’t mean nearly the same thing as it did in the 19th century.
Louis Kahn’s Shapiro House in Penn Valley lists for $1M
Only owned and lived in by one family
Condo development planned for site of iconic Painted Bride building
In the midst of a legal battle over the space
Will Midtown Village leave the Gayborhood behind?
As the neighborhood grows and changes, some worry about a loss of identity.
Hidden gems of Independence National Historical Park
But there is a lot more to the national park than Independence Hall or the Liberty. In fact, there are 55 acres of Independence National Historical Park to explore, if you just know where to look.
10 Philly landmarks designed by Paul Philippe Cret
From Rittenhouse Square to the Rodin Museum, many Philly landmarks are tied to the French architect
19-story overlay project planned behind historic Society Hill buildings
The plan includes demolishing part of the existing historic buildings
Interior pieces of Public Ledger building auctioned off for $35K
The 6th and Chestnut interior has been stripped to make way for a Wawa
The pioneers of Philadelphia’s modernism movement
From architects to city planners, this group of seven paved the way for a modern Philly.
Apartments, coffee shop coming to former ICE offices in Callowhill
The building was most recently used for Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices
The National apartment building opens in Old City
Inside the new space, which offers green space for visitors, retail, and apartments.
A beginner’s guide to Philly modernism
The architects and structures that shaped the 20th-century style—and the fate of their legacy.
Inside the fight to save a Louis Kahn relic
Kahn and partner Anne Tyng designed this home in 1950—and now its future is at stake
City outlines plan to boost historic preservation efforts following report
The report presented the city with eight main suggestions
What’s going on with South Street’s historic Royal Theater site?
OCF is delivering apartments in 2020
Frank Furness-designed South Philly church on track for demolition
It was built in 1874 and added to the register of historic places
14 important African-American sites to visit in Philly
Visit the historic spaces that shaped black culture and civil rights in Philadelphia.
Tracing black architect Julian Abele’s life and work in Philly
The architect, who was the first black student to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s design program, is behind some of the most beloved and iconic buildings in and around Philadelphia.
Louis Kahn’s former Washington Square home wants $1.6M
It’s a three-bed place
Map of Philly’s 1913 subway plan shows what public transit could have been
More routes and more stops
With more funding, developer eyes June construction date for old Family Court
Checking in with the historic renovation project
30th Street Station’s iconic flipboard will be down by Monday
It started coming down Thursday night
Where Martin Luther King, Jr. left his mark in Philly
To celebrate MLK Day, we put together this map of all the places that he left his mark in and around Philly, from Girard College to a rowhouse in Camden.
Broad Street church secures historic designation
The designation was opposed by The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Iconic Kensington milk bottle and dairy plant eyed for residential project
The project would include residential units and office space
The top Curbed Philly longreads of 2018
We delved into the history and rebirth of Philly spaces—and the people behind them
Curbed Philly’s 7 most talked-about news stories of 2018
From the most controversial to the ones that made the biggest impact
NY-based real estate group plans to revitalize SS United States
The fastest ocean liner might be leaving Philly
Elfreth’s Alley home from 1706 wants $925K
It’s one of only 32 homes on the country’s oldest street
11 of Philly’s most spectacular theaters
Come for the show, stay for the glorious architecture. Here, we’ve mapped 10 historic and spectacular theaters in Philly that have withstood the test of time and continue to wow with their impressive interiors.