Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities.

Today’s Spotlight: Kathy Bailey

The next entry in PA SHPO’s #FavoritePAPlaces campaign is Kathy Bailey, manager of the Oil City Main Street Program, talking about why the Short Street Motorcars building in Oil City, Venango County is one of her favorite Pennsylvania places.

Short Street Motorcars

Short Street Motorcars is part of the Oil City South Side Historic District (Key #094909) that was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

This great example of historic roadside architecture was built in the 1920s in the Tudor Revival style. This style, common for residential buildings in this period but not so common in commercial architecture, is easily identified by the characteristic half-timbering, which is the criss-crossing wood framing over the white stucco in the gable ends.

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What older and historic places in your community are you looking forward to connecting with again?  Share your answer with us in the comments or email us at

Use the hashtags #FavoritePAPlace and/or #PreservationHappensHere and your entry just might be featured, too!