Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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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?”

February 7, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Studying African American history in Pennsylvania

February is national African American history month.  All over the country, communities are discovering, celebrating, and acknowledging the places that tell the stories of African American history and experience.  This is the perfect time for us to talk about one … Continue reading

November 15, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Hazard Mitigation in a Historic Context: Update on Historic At-Risk Properties Initiative

Historic resources inform citizens of their unique local heritage, cultural identity, and the origins of their community.  They are the corner stones of our built environment and they provide a “sense of place”. In the aftermath of a disaster, these … Continue reading

September 20, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Listening to the Public: Results of the Marketing Archaeology Survey

In the previous Marketing Archaeology blog post, we introduced you to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-eligible Armstrong Site and the associated current Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) road reconstruction and widening project .

July 19, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed!

It is time to highlight some of Pennsylvania’s recently listed historic properties! Since our last post ( Just Listed!) in May, 2016, 20 nominations have been approved by the National Park Service in the Commonwealth. Because several of these are … Continue reading

June 7, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Guidance for the Treatment of Historic Bridges

Wherever you travel in Pennsylvania, you are likely to cross a historic bridge. These bridges are an important part of the cultural landscape and a link to Pennsylvania’s transportation and engineering history. Eventually these bridges need some level of work … Continue reading

April 19, 2017
by Keith Heinrich
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Mine Sealing: A Little-Known Legacy of the New Deal

With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you one of the little-known and fascinating historic contexts available from the PA SHPO: Mine Sealing in Southwestern Pennsylvania During the Great Depression.  … Continue reading

March 29, 2017
by Cory Kegerise
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Mill-Rae: A Monument of Women’s History Hidden in Plain Sight

High on a hill overlooking the Somerton neighborhood of Philadelphia stands Cranaleith Spiritual Center, a beautiful Shingle style house that overlooks ten acres of gardens, groves of trees, a pond, and a sensitively-designed modern retreat facility.  It’s a lovely place … Continue reading

March 15, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Bridge to the Past: PennDOT’s Historic Metal Truss Bridge Management Plan

In June 2016, I was hired as the Transportation Special Initiatives Coordinator in the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  This new position was created through a special funding agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and was developed … Continue reading