Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

June 20, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! PA’s National Register Listings

Your State Historic Preservation Office has been hard at work since our last Just Listed column appeared on this blog. Since that post , the National Park Service has approved over 30 Pennsylvania listings (!) for inclusion in the National Register … Continue reading

Residences at 511-533 Howe Avenue in the Lawrence Park Historic District – Photo by NaylorWellman.

March 7, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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The “Key” to Preserving Lawrence Park

If this were the game show Jeopardy!, the question would be “What grant, administered by PHMC, was the “key” to celebrating the history and significance of Pennsylvania’s Lawrence Park?”

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December 28, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things about Preservation in 2017

It’s that time of year again! The end of December brings about all sorts of “Year in Review” lists and we didn’t want to disappoint you and not provide our annual “preservation in 2017” post. 

December 13, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Erie’s culture, heritage shine in new preservation plan

By Liz Allen, Preservation Erie Erie County’s story spreads out across the land and spills out across the water. Our tales are told through architectural treasures and our narrative is shaped by our natural environment. We’ve unearthed our roots by … Continue reading

October 18, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Shipwrecks? In Pennsylvania? PASST tells us all about them

It had been blowing hard from the east and the red sky on the July morning of 2013 did not concern Presque Isle lifeguard Darren Reading as he headed out for a group swim off the shore of the beach.

June 14, 2017
by Karen Galle
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2017’s Newly Approved Markers

I am happy to announce that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 18 new historical markers! As you’ll see from the list below, over half of the approved subjects are for markers in Philadelphia County. The Marker Program … Continue reading

November 30, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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November’s SHPO Shout Out!

Tis the season to be thankful – after all, Thanksgiving was just last week and more holidays are just around the corner – and I for one have been rattling off a list of all the great places in Pennsylvania that I am … Continue reading

September 2, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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People Power at the 2015 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

by Sabra Smith, Preservation Pennsylvania What is the preservation community’s most important asset? It’s the people! Those passionate, creative, place-loving, story-telling folks who wear invisible super hero capes and do their best work so that a beloved landmark is restored, … Continue reading

August 19, 2015
by Scott Doyle
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Good Things Take Time: The First Pennsylvania Tax Credit Project Comes Online

During my tenure with Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Office, I reviewed numerous legislative drafts for the long-awaited Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit program.  Early drafts included a historic homeowner component.  Later versions proposed grants instead of tax credits.  All dozen or … Continue reading

June 24, 2015
by Scott Doyle
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Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program: Year 2 Recap

Since the opening date of the application period on December 1, 2014, I have received many calls and inquiries about the status of Year 2 of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. By the closure of the application period on … Continue reading