Philadelphia Historical Commission
The 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.
The 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.
An unnamed ‘charitable foundation’ has pledged a willingness to buy the historic Boyd Theater, with the intent of preserving the old movie palace.
A 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.
Opponents of the plan, chanting “Save the Boyd,” braved the snow to rally around saving the entire theatre rather than just the façade.
A 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.
The 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.
Joan 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.
Philadelphia’s Historical Commission has reaffirmed its decision to allow the demolition of the 160-year-old Church of the Assumption, on Spring Garden Street.
The Philadelphia Historical Commission will allow a developer to install a modern rooftop sign — essentially an electronic advertising billboard — on the historic Lit Brothers Building along Market Street East.
Eleanor Gesensway, who had led the original effort to save the building in the ’80s, called the proposal “a travesty” that “desecrates the honesty of the building.”
The Philadelphia Historical Commission has approved the newspapers’ plans for a lighted marquee that will extend four feet over the sidewalk on the 800 block of Market Street.
The grand homes of Overbrook Farms were mainly built in the late 19th century, many for Philadelphia’s leading industrialists.
Philadelphia’s Historical Commission did something on Friday it has never done before — designate the interior of a building as historic.