Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

The proposed expansion of the Engine 37 firehouse (above) in Chestnut Hill remains a burning topic in the local community as steps are being taken to allow the 123-year old station to remain functional yet historically accurate. Located at 101 West Highland Ave. in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” the Engine 37 firehouse is the […]

 

Queen Village: How Residents Helped Create the First Conservation District

Queen Village: How Residents Helped Create the First Conservation District

It all started because there were too many garages in Queen Village. According to the co-chair of the Queen Village Neighbors Association zoning committee, Michael Hauptman, it was around 2006 or 2007 when the neighborhood started to change. Homes that were primarily three stories and of no historical value got purchased and then demolished. The new […]

 By Connor Showalter and Jade C. Mckenzie

Overbrook Farms: Historic Designation May Affect a Catholic Church

Overbrook Farms: Historic Designation May Affect a Catholic Church

The potential historical district designation for Overbrook Farms may affect a Catholic church that has been a part of the neighborhood for more than 100 years. While the Philadelphia Historical Commission has recently led discussions to hold a vote for whether the neighborhood will receive a historic designation, the debate has been ongoing for years. […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Neighborhood Encourages the Preservation of Historic Homes

Queen Village: Neighborhood Encourages the Preservation of Historic Homes

Queen Village is an area extraordinarily rich in history.  The development of the neighborhood can be traced all the way back to the early 17th century when Swedish immigrants settled in the area slightly south of Philadelphia and began expanding north. Relatives of Öle and Andreas Swanson—the original owners of the 800-acre plot of land […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Imagine Queen Village as it was in the early 1800s—a growing community located right outside of the capitol of a fairly recently independent nation. The U.S. Naval Shipyard was on the rise and offering plenty of jobs, although they were very low paying. The devastation of the yellow fever epidemic, which had swept the city […]