Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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

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.

Brick theatre building with marquee that spells "Embassy" in lightbulbs.

April 1, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Dedicated Volunteers Preserve the Embassy Theatre in Lewistown, Mifflin County

The historic Embassy Theatre in Lewistown is one of the community’s most beloved and iconic structures. It is being rehabilitated with the help of a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant.

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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.

February 5, 2020
by Karen Arnold
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Walking the Harrisburg Historic District

Did you know that the first American Heart Month took place in February of 1964, over two years before the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966? 

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

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November 20, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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And the 2019 Community Initiative Winners are….

Each year, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) recognizes the hard work and dedication of outstanding organizations, municipalities, agencies, and individuals whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere, with a PA SHPO Community … Continue reading

October 16, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with the August Wilson House

October is the opportunity to explore the arts in your local community as part of National Arts and Humanities Month.  This month-long celebration was established to honor of the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965.

Several men and women digging in the ground with trowels.

August 7, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Archaeology students help uncover Stroudsburg’s history

Where Main and 9th Streets meet in downtown Stroudsburg, Monroe County, PA has been occupied by people since long before the streets were constructed.

Houses along street

June 12, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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Titusville, Drafting Community-Focused Design Guidelines to Promote Preservation

Design guidelines have long been considered the “level” in the preservation toolbox.