STUDY COMING INTO VIEW: Five months of collaboration with the Chestnut Hill Community Association and a team of local and regional stakeholders on the Chestnut Hill Residential Conservation, Preservation, and Development Study are approaching completion. 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.

On April 21st, our Visionaries Roundtable program laid out these ideals of managing preservation, conservation, and development to a large audience. See photos of the event and read Chestnut Hill Conservancy executive director Lori Salganicoff’s statement HERE. Better still, get involved in one of three ways: 

1. Become a member of Chestnut Hill Conservancy. For details and to join, see HERE.
2. See firsthand how traditional and contemporary design can coexist in harmony through our series of programs. The Perennial Fete is coming June 4th, and members of the community both longtime and newly arrived will be there. Details and tickets HERE.
3. Contact Lori to see how you can do more. Email:; phone: 215-247-9329 x 201.

The future of Chestnut Hill is at stake; have your say now.

Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Current Highlights

  • PERENNIAL FETE: COCKTAILS IN THE GARDEN: Get your tickets for the Sunday, June 4 benefit! The very special venue for the Fete during our 50th Anniversary is the iconic “Homewood,” affectionately known as the Dixon House.
  • DISCOVERING CHESTNUT HILL TOUR: Chestnut Hill has some of the world’s most important mid-20th century buildings. Come along for the ride on Saturday, June 10, as we learn about these by bike!
  • CONSERVANCY TO RECEIVE 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. Click here if you’re interested in attending their big event in early June.
  • 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.
  • RESIDENTIAL STUDY NEARING COMPLETION: With generous support from the William Penn Foundation, our collaborative Chestnut Hill Residential Conservation and Development Study is on its way to delivery this summer.
  • PERMANENTLY PROTECTED: The Vanna Venturi House, a masterpiece of 20th century architecture, has received preservation protection.
  • 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

We protect Chestnut Hill’s defining features

Chestnut Hill Conservancy