§14-2008. Southwark National Historic District. [430]


(1) Legislative Findings. The Council finds that:

(a) The Southwark National Historic District which has been designated as historical and placed on the National Register of Historic Places on the 19th of May 1972 in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, is an important and integral part of the historic and aesthetic environment of Philadelphia; and

(b) The people of Philadelphia have a right to have this aspect of their historic and aesthetic environment protected under Article I, Section 27 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and

(c) The Federal government and the government of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have both recognized the need to control the erection and maintenance of outdoor advertising signs in areas adjacent to the interstate system of highways; and

(d) A major interstate highway lies near the Southwark National Historic District; and

(e) It is hereby declared that the provisions of subsection (3) are needed to alleviate the adverse environmental effect and adverse effect on the aesthetic environment of the construction of this interstate highway adjacent to the Southwark National Historic District.

(2) Definitions. In this Section the following definitions apply:

(a) Southwark National Historic District. Beginning at the southwest corner of Front and Lombard streets and continuing south along the west side of Front street to Catherine street; thence east on Catherine to the rear property lines of the houses on the east side of Front street (from Catherine to Queen), thence south along these property lines to the rear property lines of the houses on the north side of Queen street; thence extending along these lines east to Delaware avenue; thence south along Delaware avenue to Washington avenue; thence west along Washington avenue to the Northwest corner of 5th street and Washington avenue; thence north along the west side of 5th street (including all those buildings located on the west side of 5th street) to the southwest corner of 5th and Lombard; thence east along the south of Lombard street (including all those buildings or the south side of Lombard street) to the northwest corner of Front and Lombard streets, the place of beginning, being that area which is designated as an historical area on the National Register of Historic Places on the 19th of May, 1972.

(3) Sign Controls. No person shall erect or maintain any Animated or Flashing Sign, as defined in § 14-102(49)(a), Free-Standing Sign, as defined in § 14-102(49)(b), Portable Sign, as defined in § 14-102(49)(f), Revolving Sign, as defined in § 14-102(49)(i), or Roof Sign, as defined in § 14-102(49)(j), within the Southwark National Historic District.