Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

April 20, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Preserving Titusville: The Birthplace of The Oil Industry Finds A Path Towards Saving Its Historic Architecture

by Abigail Watson-Popescu  As a child growing up in Titusville the first thing you are taught about your hometown is that Edwin Drake struck oil here on August 27, 1859. The thing you notice, though, is that your town feels … Continue reading

January 27, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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2016’s First SHPO Shout-Out

The internet tells me that 45% of all Americans make News Year’s resolutions. The top ones – which I think we’ve all made at one time or another – are to be happier, healthier, and more organized. A psychologist friend … Continue reading

December 23, 2015
by Bill Callahan
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Spotlight Series: Preservation At Work in Bradford

45 communities in Pennsylvania have a formal working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) on a variety of preservation-related programs and projects. Known as Certified Local Governments (CLGs), these communities represent a broad geographic, demographic and economic … Continue reading

December 2, 2015
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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December’s SHPO Shout-Out

It’s hard to believe that a month has gone by since our first ever SHPO Shout-Out! I’ll give my own Shout-Out to everyone who liked, posted, shared, tweeted, and emailed our November post to spread the word not only about the … 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

January 21, 2015
by Pamela Reilly
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Preservation in a Changing Economic Climate

Many of Pennsylvania’s communities face the challenging task of adapting to a vastly different economic climate than the one that led to their historic growth and development.  This new economic reality of dramatically reduced population, deindustrialization and loss of tax … Continue reading

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October 16, 2013
by Bill Callahan
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Historic Preservation and Outdoor Recreation: The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

There is great societal and cultural value in the preservation of our built heritage; of our historic communities and buildings. Most people understand the cultural value of preserving our history as it is illustrated by historic places. The need to … Continue reading

August 28, 2013
by Guest Contributor
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Resolving to Endorse: Getting Municipalities On-Board With Historic Preservation

The Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP) unveiled Pennsylvania’s Statewide Historic Preservation Plan last year.  In an effort to assist County Planning Directors and Certified Local Governments to become familiar with the Plan, BHP recently sent a request for our local … Continue reading