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Glossary Of Terms
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that works in the field of historic preservation.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PHMC is responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which they accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Trails of History (historic sites and museums), the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, and the Bureau of Management Services. It manages the National Register of Historic Places and federal tax credit applications in Pennsylvania.
The Alliance is the Philadelphia region’s non-profit preservation leader, dedicated to the protection and appropriate development of Greater Philadelphia’s historic resources - buildings, communities, and landscapes.
This statewide membership organization assists Pennsylvania communities and groups to protect and utilize the historic resources they want to preserve. It also monitors state legislative activity, publishes a newsletter, and administers a grant program for Philadelphia preservation projects.
The Philadelphia Archaeological Forum (PAF) is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of archaeological resources in the City of Philadelphia.
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Phila2035 is the City of Philadelphia's official comprehensive plan. State legislation and the City's Home Rule Charter require the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to create and maintain a comprehensive plan for the city. The Citywide Vision sets broad city policy for various topics, such as housing, transportation, historic preservation, parks and open space and other topics. More detailed recommendations can be found in the 18 district plans that highlight key issues in each section of the city. For more information on the district plans, go to .
Plan to seize opportunities for increased preservation and tourism as World Heritage City.
Thoughtful assessment of the state of historic preservation in Philadelphia in 2009 that offers detailed recommendations for improvement.
Legal Materials on Historic Preservation in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Historic Preservation Reports
Blocks of older, smaller, mixed-age buildings play a critical role in
fostering robust local economies, inclusive neighborhoods, and sustainable
cities. The Preservation Green Lab report, Older, Smaller, Better, leveraged
the ideas of Jane Jacobs to show why preservation and building reuse matter
for successful communities. The Atlas of ReUrbanism expands this research to
50 U.S. cities, demonstrating that Character Counts.
Findings and recommendations of the most recently completed evaluation of the City’s historic preservation programs by the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office.
Report recommends policies, incentives and tools to help property owners and investors re-purpose older Philadelphia buildings
Economic impact analysis found that over $7 billion of historic preservation investment in Philadelphia has resulted in $67 million in tax revenues to the city and $258 million in tax revenues to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
An overview of patterns and trends in preservation planning at the citywide scale in U.S. cities.
Report examines the survey data available in local district and National Register District nominations for neighborhoods in Philadelphia and concludes that only 4 percent of the properties in Philadelphia had ever been surveyed for their historic significance.
Task Force established by Councilwoman Blackwell to explore historic district requirements and impacts offers 16 recommendations.
Author analyzes the overhaul of Philadelphia’s historic preservation law in 1984 and its creation of historic districts and requirement that L&I permanently deny a building permit if the Historical Commission objects to its approval.
Describes 1956 creation of first city-wide Philadelphia historical preservation agency with control over “all alterations proposed for any historic building.” The original ordinance did not define historic and it gave the Commission power to delay demolition for at most six months. Article cites the importance of cooperation between city agencies on historic preservation.
This thesis examines the impacts of the abatement on historic preservation in Philadelphia and culminates in a series of recommendations to improve the policy.
This thesis examines how preservationists can better communicate the importance of preservation to Philadelphia residents.
Kuntz, Samantha E. (2014). Why We Demolish: Assessing Heritage Loss in Philadelphia as a Catalyst for Policy and Innovation in Historic Preservation (Masters Thesis). University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
This thesis contends that existing Philadelphia preservation policy does not adequately protect against the demolition of historically designated buildings.