Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

August 10, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Dramatic Finish for Warner Theatre Project

Few buildings are more iconic to downtown Erie than the historic Warner Theatre. At 91-years-old, the luxury movie palace still offers an environment “twice as rich, three times more fanciful than life.”

May 25, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Wilkes-Barre’s Walkitecture Tour

We conclude our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners in the Diamond City.

May 18, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating the Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project

This week our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners takes us west to Allegheny County – specifically, the Borough of Wilkinsburg. The Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project, led by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), received … Continue reading

May 11, 2022
by Frank Grumbine
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Celebrating the Friends of Fort Halifax Park

There are few places that can embody the breadth of Pennsylvania’s narrative like Fort Halifax Park in Dauphin County.

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May 4, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Preservation Month with the 2021 Community Initiative Award Winners

What better time of year than National Historic Preservation Month to announce the latest round of PA SHPO’s Community Initiative Award winners. This year’s projects and recipients showcase a range of preservation success stories, demonstrating the power of perseverance, collaboration … Continue reading

December 1, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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Just in time for the Holidays, A “new” set of Shutters for the Gemeinhaus

This winter, visitors to Bethlehem – the City in Northampton County, Pennsylvania – may see some new changes in the Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District.  Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites just completed the restoration of 88 shutters on … Continue reading

September 29, 2021
by Bill Callahan
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The Flagship City is now a CLG!

The PA SHPO extends hearty congratulations to Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, the City of Erie, which on May 17th, became one of Pennsylvania’s newest Certified Local Governments (CLG). The certification of Erie City as a CLG is the latest success … Continue reading

June 9, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Success in All Shapes and Sizes

Last month, we asked Pennsylvanians to send us their #PreservationHappensHere Preservation Success Stories using PA-SHARE to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month. We enticed them with prizes! And we received many great submissions, making our campaign its own success story!

May 26, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Success Story: Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka

Continuing our theme of Preservation Success Stories this Preservation Month, we’ll feature short interviews with our 2020 Community Initiative Award winners for the next few weeks. Last but certainly not least is the Society to Preserve the Millvale Muarls of Maxo Vanka (or SPMMMV … Continue reading

May 19, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Success Story: Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc.

Continuing our theme of Preservation Success Stories this Preservation Month, we’ll feature short interviews with our 2020 Community Initiative Award winners for the next few weeks. Next in line is Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc., which leads economic development and revitalization activites for Waynesboro, Franklin County’s … Continue reading