Philadelphia Historical Commission

Hearing To Decide If Vacant South Philly Theater Can Be DemolishedThe Royal Theater near 16th and South Streets in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood has been vacant for more than four decades.
Preservationists, Developer Spar Over Future Of Famed Blue Horizon Boxing ArenaThe fate of the famed Blue Horizon boxing arena in North Philadelphia hangs in the balance. In one corner are the owners who want to sell it to a hotel developer. In the other corner: local preservationists who say the site is historic.
Former Lits Store, Onetime Queen of Market East, Getting A New LED Advertising CrownA digital electronic billboard long planned for the top of the old Lit Brothers building, at 8th and Market Streets, is now just three months away from reality.
Preservation Group Drops Appeal Of Demolition Of Interior Of Boyd TheaterThe parties who were at odds recently over the future of the landmark Theater have had a meeting of the minds on trying to save original Art Deco artifacts on the inside.
Committee Of Philadelphia Historical Commission Recommends Plan To Convert Boyd TheaterThe committee voted 3-0 with two people abstaining to recommend that the full Historical Commission approve a developer's plan to demolish a large portion of the interior to install an 8-screen movie theater and restaurant.
At 11th-Hour, Anonymous Donor Offers To Purchase Boyd Theater An unnamed 'charitable foundation' has pledged a willingness to buy the historic Boyd Theater, with the intent of preserving the old movie palace.
No Action Taken After Hours of Testimony on Preservation of Center City Movie PalaceA committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission heard four hours of testimony but ran out of time before deciding whether to make an advisory, non-binding recommendation to the full commission.
Development Plan For Historic Center City Movie House Divides NeighborsOpponents of the plan, chanting "Save the Boyd," braved the snow to rally around saving the entire theatre rather than just the façade.
Preservationists Go To Bat Again To Preserve Historic Boyd TheaterA movie theater company wants to restore the facade of the boarded-up Boyd Theater in Philadelphia to its original 1928 splendor - but demolish the interior - and install an 8-screen complex.
Iconic (But Not ‘Historic’) South Philadelphia Landmark Faces DemolitionThe 1894 Engine 46 building, at Reed and Water Streets, was last used as a firehouse in the 1950's, and as a restaurant for 10 years prior to 2006. Now, it's owned by a developer with a demolition permit but no publicized plans.
City's Chief Integrity Officer's Integrity Questioned After Speech To PanelJoan Markman, Mayor Nutter's chief integrity officer, finds herself in a political firestorm after she injected herself into a Philadelphia Historical Commission debate over a coffee shop near her home.
Phila. Historical Commission Clarifies Stance on Demolition of Historic ChurchPhiladelphia's Historical Commission has reaffirmed its decision to allow the demolition of the 160-year-old Church of the Assumption, on Spring Garden Street.
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