The City is working to preserve our historic assets, and recently released the final recommendations of our Historic Preservation Task Force. Below is a sampling of historic preservation wins from across Philadelphia.

Viola Street started a partnership to get discounted home repairs
The Viola Street Residents Association (VRSA) recognized many of its neighborhood homes would need significant amounts of upkeep. So the VRSA connected with Habitat for Humanity as neighborhood partners in exchange for discounted home repairs.

Old City District published a Design Guide
To help preserve the look of their neighborhood and its character for the future, the Old City District published the Old City Design Guide. The guide is full of resources and recommendations for new buildings, shop front designs and curbside options.

Spring Garden Historic District was able to rehabilitate old buildings while also constructing new buildings.
Since the designation of the Spring Garden Historic District on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Spring Garden residents and developers have worked seamlessly with the Philadelphia Historical Commission. New buildings have been constructed while old buildings have been reused or rehabilitated.

North 5th Street Revitalization Project created positive change for the community.
Since its founding in 2007 the North 5th Street Revitalization Project has made a tremendous impact on its community. From creating new businesses, to sharing resources, to improving business grants to beautification efforts the project has made North 5th Street a citywide attraction.

“The Kings Highway” received some well-deserved attention
Nestled in Northeast Philadelphia is a piece of history many tourists miss, the road that connected the colonies. From Boston through Philadelphia to Charleston is the Kings Highway that documentarian Jason Sherman has brought into the light.

Many buildings were saved from demolition
Buildings like the Lancaster Mews, the Lower Dublin Academy, the Chinese Cultural and Community Center, and many more have all been saved from imminent demolition and long term vacancy thanks to vocal residents and proactive city officials.