Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

February 1, 2023
by Karen Arnold
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Exciting news for the President Pumping Engine House

Readers in the Lehigh Valley saw some interesting news stories throughout the month of January as the one of the boilers from the Ueberroth Zinc Mine Historic District (1995RE50357) was removed from the former American Atelier furniture factory on Front … Continue reading

January 25, 2023
by Guest Contributor
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Call this Piece of Pennsylvania History “Home!”

In an effort to preserve one of Pennsylvania’s historic homes, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is marketing for sale, removal, and preservation a two-and-a-half-story, 3 bedroom, one bath, Shingle-Style house with many beautiful original features including wooden … Continue reading

January 18, 2023
by Ben Harvey
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Just Listed! July to December 2022

In the second half of 2022, 9 new properties were listed in the National Register from Pennsylvania! They include an interesting range of institutional, ecclesiastical, commercial, educational, and industrial properties across 9 counties.  

January 11, 2023
by allidavis
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A Little Something for Everyone: Pennsylvania’s Newest Markers

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) recently approved 37 new historical markers, making this one of the largest number of new markers in the program’s history. Approval Criteria require that marker subjects have statewide and/or national and a substantial … Continue reading

December 21, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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More Cool PA Places Found in Year 2 of Baseline Survey

The Pennsylvania Baseline Survey Team is excited to share another year of findings! Between January 2022 to October 2022, our five Year 2 Baseline Survey teams surveyed in 18 counties and recorded 6,663 new resources in 396 municipalities. Quite an … Continue reading

Two people on bikes in bike lane next to metal truss bridge.

December 14, 2022
by Tyra Guyton
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O’er the Bridge We Go!

For many, the holidays are filled with stories and traditions of the past.  Just hearing the song Jingle Bells makes me wonder what it would feel like to go dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. Or better … Continue reading

Small stone church with large corner tower surrounded by grass.

December 7, 2022
by Karen Arnold
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The Union Project: Planning for a Community Asset

At the start of the 20th century, Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood was becoming a bustling place. The leaders of the United Presbyterian Church decided to build a new church, which became the Second United Presbyterian Church, at the corner of … Continue reading

November 30, 2022
by smassey
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Learning about Historic Tax Credits with Homestead’s Bishop Boyle High

The Bishop Boyle High School is another preservation success story for Homestead, a small Pennsylvania borough on the south side of the Monongahela River between Pittsburgh and Braddock. Following the Homestead Masonic Hall a few years ago, Bishop Boyle High … Continue reading

November 23, 2022
by mmcnish
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Retelling the Stories of Existing Resources: Adding New Areas of Significance to National Register Properties

Researching the history of a building can feel like trying to do a jigsaw puzzle from a thrift store without the box. You might get most of the pieces to fit together so that you can tell the story of … Continue reading

Group of people standing outside on a lawn.

November 16, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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SHPO Staff Explore Lackawanna County

My SHPO colleagues and I, just like the rest of the world, are continuing to emerge from our COVID cocoons. We’ve been getting out and about more each month but still find ourselves wanting to be physically connecting with places … Continue reading