What’s In A Name?

By Amy Grant, Board Member Several of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are named after early landowners, prominent landmarks, or geographical features.  “Nicetown” honors 17th century Dutch settlers Hans and Jan de Neus.  “Fox Chase” takes its name from an 18th century inn.  “Overbrook” salutes a 19th century rail station built above a stream.

A Sense of Place

By Amy Grant, Board Member Many local residents may not realize that the neighborhood known as Queen Village is actually older than the City of Philadelphia. “Philadelphia’s First Neighborhood” was settled in 1654 by Swedish immigrants, predating William Penn and the founding of Pennsylvania by 28 years.

Why Preservation is Paramount

By Candace Roberts, Board Chair According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, “the preservation of historic buildings is a one-way street. There is no chance to renovate or to save a historic site once it’s gone. And we can never be certain what will be valued in the future―because once a piece of history […]