Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

February 18, 2015
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Making the Grade: The Architecture of Philadelphia’s Public Schools, Part 1

The architectural historian in me is fascinated by the threads of science, theory, and symbolism that go into designing and building schools.  Like most preservationists, I am a strong believer that the power of place plays a central role in … Continue reading

Eliza Kirkbride School, Philadelphia

December 3, 2014
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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School Daze

No, this isn’t a review of Spike Lee’s 1988 movie.  I’m referring to my state of mind when I think about all of the work I’ve done with public schools in Philadelphia over the past few months. As you may … Continue reading