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Philadelphia Historical Commission

(1956-57 photo courtesy of Friends of the Boyd, Inc.)

Preservation Group Drops Appeal Of Demolition Of Interior Of Boyd Theater

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.

04/04/2014

(1956-57 photo courtesy of Friends of the Boyd, Inc.)

Committee Of Philadelphia Historical Commission Recommends Plan To Convert Boyd Theater

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.

02/27/2014

(1956-57 photo courtesy of Friends of the Boyd, Inc.)

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.

02/21/2014

(Protesters took advantage of the former Boyd Theatre's massive marquee on a snowy December day to stage their demonstration opposing the historic site's demolition.  File photo by Pat Loeb)

No Action Taken After Hours of Testimony on Preservation of Center City 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.

01/28/2014

(Protesters took advantage of the former Boyd Theatre's massive marquee on a snowy December day to stage their demonstration opposing the historic site's demolition.  File photo by Pat Loeb)

Development Plan For Historic Center City Movie House Divides Neighbors

Opponents of the plan, chanting “Save the Boyd,” braved the snow to rally around saving the entire theatre rather than just the façade.

12/10/2013

Artist Rendering of iPic Theater at the Boyd. (credit: iPic Entertainment)

Preservationists Go To Bat Again To Preserve Historic Boyd Theater

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.

11/13/2013

(The former Engine 46 firehouse, at Reed and Water Streets in South Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Iconic (But Not ‘Historic’) South Philadelphia Landmark Faces Demolition

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.

07/09/2013

(Joan Markman, in 2008 file photo.)

City’s Chief Integrity Officer’s Integrity Questioned After Speech To Panel

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.

04/19/2013

(The former Church of the Assumption, at 12th and Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Phila. Historical Commission Clarifies Stance on Demolition of Historic Church

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.

01/11/2013

(credit: Steve Tawa)

Commission Approves LED Sign On Historic Lit Brothers Building

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.

11/09/2012

(The former Lit Brothers department store building at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Electronic Displays Atop Historic Philadelphia Building Get Tentative OK

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.”

09/14/2012

(Artist's rendering of the planned marquee for the new Inquirer/Daily News headquarters, in the 800 block of Market Street.  Image provided by Phila. Historical Commission)

Inquirer’s New Headquarters Won’t Have ‘Daily News’ on the Marquee

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.

04/13/2012

(The Philadelphia Historical Commission, at its Friday meeting.  Credit:  Mike Dunn)

Commission Delays Historic Designation For Philadelphia’s ‘Overbrook Farms’

The grand homes of Overbrook Farms were mainly built in the late 19th century, many for Philadelphia’s leading industrialists.

02/10/2012

(File photo)

Philadelphia Historical Commission Wields New Power — Indoors

Philadelphia’s Historical Commission did something on Friday it has never done before — designate the interior of a building as historic.

11/12/2010