November – December 2015
Seeking Nominations for Contractors Guide
Do you have a favorite contractor who you like to recommend to friends and neighbors? Let us know! UCHS is taking contractor recommendations for an upcoming issue of On the West Side. Contractor recommendations can be emailed to email@example.com.
Accepting Nominations for Annual Preservation Awards
UCHS is looking for worthy nominees from around University City for the categories: Preservation Initiative Award, Gift to the Streets, and Outstanding Preservation Award. Email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCHS Welcomes New Board Member
Kelly E. Wiles has joined the board of UCHS. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Historic Preservation and Community Planning as well as a Bachelor’s in Art History. She has master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed internships with various non-profits and historic sites. She is an architectural historian for RGA, Inc., a cultural resources management firm.
- Historic Districts and Commissions. An overview of historic districts and commissions, describing their purposes and functions for preserving historic architecture.
- Ask the Experts: What is the best way to care for an old-fashioned cornice?
- Profiles in Architecture: Robert K. Marple began his architectural career in 1887 working in the office of Willis G. Hale. His work can be found throughout the city, mostly in North and West Philadelphia.
- University City Then & Now: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut (c. 1915 & 2010). The First Church of Christian Scientists, a Romanesque Revival church designed by Carrere & Hastings, is reminiscent of early Italian Christian churches. Today it is used as an arts and cultural center.
- Did You Know? Maps and atlases from the 1840s to c. 1910 reveal an overall but uneven development of West Philadelphia as a dense residential area, as a suburb in the city.