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.

UCHS provides a useful and enjoyable forum for all who are interested in the past, present, and future development of the University City community.

Spring House Tour 2016

Picturesque Powelton

UCHS House Tour 2016

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Tour Wrap-up

The University City Historical Society would like to thank all of the homeowners who opened up their wonderful dwellings on Saturday May 21, for the UCHS spring house-tour featuring the fabulous homes of the Powelton Village.

A special note of gratitude goes to the Dornsife Center for letting us use their building as our "home base" for the tour and to George Poulin for arranging and coordinating the event.

The quantity AND quality of the homes were very impressive. And let's not forget to thank Mother Nature for holding off the heavy rain until after the tour ended.


In the Newsletter

  • News from Around U-City: Two stunning historic homes for sale plus a demolition.
  • Ask the Experts: Hanging a Chandelier
  • Profiles in Architecture: W. Frisby Smith, active as an architect in Philadelphia for nearly four decades.
  • University City Then & Now: 42nd & Spruce Streets (c. 1901 & 2010). On the SW corner is a single home ("an attractive combination of English Gothic and Queen Anne") that once belonged to financier and clubman Clarance Howard Clark, Jr.
  • Did You Know? Early in his career, prominent architect Horace Trumbauer designed sixteen houses on the 4800 block of Windsor Avenue and four more on the SE side of 19th Street.
  • Carpets & Rugs: A glossary.

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