Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

April 28, 2021
by Barbara Frederick
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Section 106: Not Always the Preferred Preservation Outcome

The Section 106 process was created to ensure that federal agencies consider historic properties in the planning process for projects they sponsor.

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April 21, 2021
by Cory Kegerise
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Designing for Distance in Pennsylvania’s Historic Communities

To say that COVID-19 changed things about away we live our lives would be the understatement of the century. Virtually everything about the ways in which we live, work, learn, recreate, shop – everything – changed in an instant and … Continue reading

Paved path through cemetery with grass, trees, and stone markers of various shapes and sizes.

April 14, 2021
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Exploring the Harrisburg Cemetery

Spring has sprung in Harrisburg!  So when I was deciding what National Register resource to focus on for this week’s blog post, my office mate/dining room table neighbor/husband suggested we take a walk through Harrisburg Cemetery, listed in the National … Continue reading

Colorized historic postcard showing wood church building.

April 7, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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Preserving Pennsylvania’s Stick Style Architecture: Old Lutheran Church in Franklin

The mid-nineteenth century oil boom is synonymous with northern Venango County, which brought population and construction growth to the city of Franklin.

March 31, 2021
by Karen Galle
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Approved Markers for 2021

Soon fans of Pennsylvania’s historical markers will be braking for 23 new ones. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) recently approved the next batch of new historical markers at their March 2021 meeting.

March 24, 2021
by smassey
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Rehabilitating Wilkes-Barre’s Memorial Presbyterian Church

Rehabilitating a religious property, like a church, using historic tax credits can be very challenging because it is often difficult to match the building’s desired new use with the historic floor plan and character-defining spaces. Design professionals and building owners … Continue reading

March 10, 2021
by Noël Strattan
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The 2020 PASS Report

For the past several years, PA SHPO archaeologists have issued an annual report – known as the PASS Report – detailing the ongoing efforts to record Pennsylvania’s archaeological sites.  Despite 2020’s many challenges, over 280 new archaeological sites were recorded … Continue reading

March 3, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: Saving Cantini’s Mosaics

Last week’s blog post introduced the life and work of artist Virgil Cantini and highlighted the vulnerable position of postwar public art objects and installations, which often require special expertise to understand and articulate their significance for preservation.  This week’s … Continue reading

February 24, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: A Purpose in Public Art

On a sunny August morning in 2017, a group of Pittsburgh-based architects, historians, artists, students, preservationists and art enthusiasts convened before venturing out with a shared goal; to experience first-hand nearly all public artworks accessible in the vicinity, both indoors … Continue reading

February 17, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Recent Archaeology on the Upper Ohio River Floodplain

In 2014 and 2015, professional archaeologists conducted archaeological excavations along the Upper Ohio River in Beaver County.