The Chestnut Hill Residential Conservation, Preservation, and Development Study is HERE! The Study, which identifies conservation and preservation priorities, will help guide Chestnut Hill’s ongoing development—and provide valuable input for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s Upper Northwest District Plan, which begins this fall and is one of the final elements of the Philadelphia 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
If you are not a member of the Conservancy, please join today. We need membership from everyone who believes in the vital role that architectural preservation, land conservation, and community history play in Chestnut Hill’s present and future.
- PHILADELPHIA’S NEIGHBORHOODS: A NATIONAL TREASURE. Mayor Kenney joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation to announce the Trust’s designation of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods a “national treasure.” Read Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Visionaries Roundtable panelist Inga Saffron’s review HERE.
- CONSERVANCY WINS PRESERVATION AWARD: We are honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Board of Directors Award for exceptional stewardship of historic properties from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, awarded on June 7.
- New to our organization? Click HERE to see our 50-year timeline.
- RESIDENTIAL STUDY IS COMPLETE! With generous support from the William Penn Foundation, our collaborative Chestnut Hill Residential Conservation and Development Study has been completed. The two biggest takeaways are a set of Development Management Tools, available HERE, and a series of maps, available HERE.
- PERENNIAL FETE: A big thank you to all who attended this year’s fabulous garden party at the home of Kim and Iain Dukes; enjoy the slideshow from the Fete HERE.
- ARCHITECTURAL HALL OF FAME / 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA: Businesses! Sponsorship opportunities for the Fall 2017 event are available NOW. Tickets will be available in late summer.
- THREE NEW EASEMENTS SECURED: We’re pleased to announce agreements on three new easements—two preservation and one conservation—which will add an important layer of protection for two homes designed by Theophilus Parsons Chandler and conserve eight acres with open watercourse in the Wissahickon Watershed. One of these, 30 West Chestnut Hill Avenue, comes at the end of 15 months of negotiation with its owner; read more HERE.
- FOR RENT: Office space above the Chestnut Hill Conservancy is available now. Click to email or call 215-247-9329 x 202 if interested.
With one of America’s largest urban historic districts and ample green space, Chestnut Hill is defined by – and loved for – architecture, history, and nature