Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

January 29, 2020
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Just Listed! January 2020

2019 was a BIG year for the National Register program in Pennsylvania.  Since our last update, 16 listings have been added or updated.

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January 8, 2020
by smassey
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Historic Tax Credits and the Rebirth of Philly’s Metropolitan Opera House

The 1908 Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street is undoubtedly a preservation success story. The Met, as its affectionately called, was recently rehabilitated and reopened with thanks, in part, to the federal historic tax credit program.

December 18, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Testimonials in Pennsylvania’s Preservation Tool Box

One of PA SHPO’s core missions is to educate the commonwealth’s citizens about state and federal historic preservation programs. We can’t do it alone, so we do our best to provide interested citizens, advocates, and partners with the tools to … Continue reading

Old color postcard showing a large white building with tall columns and triangle roof along a street.

December 4, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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An Architectural Masterpiece: Visiting Founder’s Hall

I have a fascination with historic architecture.  That is what launched me on in my career path.  There is just something about a well-designed building that strikes awe in me.  I feel it when I enter the state Capitol Building … Continue reading

Blue metal sign with yellow writing over yellow background

August 19, 2019
by PHMC
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400 Years of African American History

It’s been 400 years since the documented arrival of African people in America. In August 1619 the first enslaved Africans were brought to the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia. To recognize the contributions and commemorate the resilience of African … Continue reading

July 3, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! New National Register Listings in PA

Since our last Just Listed! post, nine resources have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You can explore these and other historic properties in Pennsylvania via CRGIS, our online map and database. Continue reading

June 26, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month with Pennsylvania History

June is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, how far we’ve come in the advancement of equal rights, and to recognize the work that’s yet to be done.