Spring Garden: Green Street Church Adapted into Chapel Lofts

Spring Garden: Green Street Church Adapted into Chapel Lofts

When Isaac and Rose Miller arrived to Philadelphia in 1986, they were originally looking for a historic district to buy a home from. After seeing the Spring Garden neighborhood in a book about restored historic areas, they became convinced about moving there, which they eventually did in 1998. They moved next to an old church […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has been working to get the Chinese Cultural and Community Center up and running again. It has also tried to protect the historical building against demolition. The center closed in 2007 and has been vacant to this day. Before the construction of the friendship gate, the Chinese Cultural and Community Center was known […]

 By Christine Fisher and Kara Savidge

Mantua: Volunteers Plant Trees Along 40th Street

Mantua: Volunteers Plant Trees Along 40th Street

Led by People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and UC Green, a group of 12 volunteers took to 40th Street near Lancaster Avenue this weekend to spruce up the urban landscape. The group planted seven trees on the sidewalks in front of designated homes. PEC, an organization committed to serving homeless families in West Philadelphia, and its […]