Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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 17, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation’s March Madness

“March Madness” in the historic preservation world isn’t quite the same as the highly competitive, single-elimination college basketball tournaments that happen each March. I’ve coopted the phrase to describe National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week and the days leading up to … Continue reading

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February 2, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA-SHARE Basics: The Glossary

PA-SHARE is scheduled to be released to external users later this month! In preparation, our weekly posts will begin to cover some basic, what-you-need-to-know information. Today’s post will cover some important key terms that will be helpful to understand when … Continue reading

December 2, 2020
by smassey
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A New Life for Homestead’s Masonic Hall

Homestead’s Masonic Hall is an imposing – and impressive – stone building at the corner of E. 9th Avenue and McClure Street in Homestead, Allegheny County. This early 20th century property anchors the National Register-listed Homestead Historic District and is … Continue reading

July 1, 2020
by smassey
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Hollidaysburg’s Canal Era Houses

With the help of the federal and state historic tax credits, a local team gives the 1847 Canal Houses 1 & 2 in Hollidaysburg, Blair County a third lease on life as retail and commercial space in the borough’s historic … Continue reading

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June 2, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#ReadyForPreservation: Tools & Tips to Support Your Downtown’s Recovery & Revitalization

Pennsylvania downtowns are the economic, social, and cultural heart of many communities. Downtown buildings, businesses and activities often reflect a community’s history, values and economic core as well as the aspirations of local leaders and community members.

May 13, 2020
by smassey
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From Silk to Toothbrushes at the Kutztown Silk Mill

This historic silk mill in Kutztown, Berks County was recently transformed into the new home of toothbrush manufacturer, Radius, thanks to the federal and state historic preservation tax credits.

April 15, 2020
by April Frantz
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Inspiration in Philadelphia

When the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia announces the recipients of their annual Preservation Achievement Awards, I immediately skim through the list of properties looking for familiar names and places. This year’s list did not disappoint.

April 8, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Advocacy Week 2020

Each year, the PA SHPO and members of Preservation Pennsylvania join other SHPOs and historic preservation partners from across the country in Washington for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week to learn from and network with other states and educate our … Continue reading

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March 24, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO COVID-19 Update

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) offices throughout the commonwealth are closed.   PA SHPO and PHMC staff continue to work remotely and will respond to inquiries received via voicemail and email.