PO Box 31927, Philadelphia, PA 19104, +1 215-387-3019, info@uchs.net

Welcome to UCHS

University City contains the nation's largest collection of intact Victorian housing stock, with three major National Register Historic Districts: Powelton, Garden Court, and the West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb.

Our Mission: The University City Historical Society promotes awareness of the history and architectural character of University City.

Call to Action

The State of Preservation
in West Philadelphia

Alarmed by an increasing number of demolitions that have recently occurred in our neighborhood, UCHS is organizing upcoming events for neighbors, community groups, City agents, and organizational leaders to share knowledge, and manage the rapid change in our neighborhood. For latest updates, visit UCHS on Facebook.

State of Preservation in West Philadelphia. Buildings we have said farewell to in the past few years. Photos by George Poulin & Kelly Wiles © 2016.

"At a Preservation Crossroads" — read the open-letter to friends and neighbors.

Preservation Alert: SAVE JEWELERS ROW. UCHS joins in support of preserving historic Jewelers Row from demolition. Sign the petition at Change.org. Photo from Change.org.

Worthy of Preservation: 4046–4056 Chestnut. UCHS has nominated six twin houses on the south side of the 4000 block of Chestnut Street for historic designation. Photo by Kelly Wiles © 2016.

Fall 2016

Preservation Updates

  • Call to Action: UCHS asks friends and neighbors for community-wide collaboration in defense against arbitrary demolitions of historic structures. "At a Preservation Crossroads" — read the open-letter to friends and neighbors.
  • Preservation Update for 4046–4056 Chesnut: UCHS has nominated six twin houses on the south side of the 4000 block of Chestnut Street for historic designation.
  • Sylvia Barkan Fund for Historic Preservation: A fund has been established for expenses related to efforts in defense of historic structures in University City. Donations can be mailed to UCHS, P.O. Box 30197, Philadelphia, PA 19104-0627.

In the Newsletter

  • Meeting Wrap Up: State of Preservation in West Philadelphia A large gathering of concerned citizens convened on August 24 for a presentation about historic preservation issues facing the neighborhood.
  • Oral History Project: UCHS announces a new project to record stories about changes in the neighborhood since UCHS began its work almost 50 years ago. If you know of any residents or former residents willing to share their recollections, email us at:
    email address for oral history project
  • Preservation Update for 4046–4056 Chesnut: UCHS has nominated six twin houses on the south side of the 4000 block of Chestnut Street for historic designation.
  • Sylvia Barkan Fund for Historic Preservation: A fund has been established for expenses related to efforts in defense of historic structures in University City.
  • University City Then & Now: East side of 48th Street, north of Baltimore (c. 1907 & 2010). Living in these Victorian and Colonial Revival twins near the Baltimore Avenue trolley line was a great convenience for the growing Streetcar Suburb of West Philadelphia.
  • Profiles in Architecture: James Fernald (1895–1929), designed residences throughout Philadelphia during the boom years of development (continued from previous issue).
  • Ask the Experts: Replacing a Broken Ceramic Roof Tile.
  • Carpets & Rugs, a Glossary: "Navajo Rug" to "Worsted."
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