Architectural Hall of Fame
Benefactor Tickets Now Available!
This year’s virtual Celebration on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm includes a special guest Master of Ceremonies and online and live auction, reveals and celebrates the Hall of Fame’s 2021 inductees, offers a behind-the-scenes tour of Louis Kahn’s Esherick House Esherick House (a 2015 AHoF inductee) to celebrate the 120th anniversary of his birth–and more!
Please join us for this exciting program and support our only fundraising event this year by becoming a Benefactor at one of the following levels:
  • Schist: $5,000 Ticket to our unique online event and a catered Pod Party dinner for 12 at your home (Date of party to be agreed upon by host and caterer; fmv $1,800)
  • Slate: $3,000 Ticket to our unique online event and a catered Pod Party dinner for 8 at your home (Date of party to be agreed upon by host and caterer; fmv $1,200)
  • Bluestone: $125/person Ticket to our unique online event and a delivered dinner from Bacchus Catering to heat and enjoy the evening of the Celebration (fmv $33)
To be featured on the invitation as a Benefactor, please purchase tickets
no later than Friday, March 26th. You can also pay by credit card by phone by calling 215.987.1338. General admission tickets will be available in mid-April.
Interested in sponsorship or a program ad? Visit our website or contact us for more information!
1896 party streetcar on the way back from Chestnut Hill Amusement Park. Photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Conservancy Archives.
We are delighted to report that 208-10 Rex Avenue was listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in its entirety at the Historical Commission’s February meeting. This historic Italianate house was the first structure on its large block when it was created over 160 years ago, and is a well-preserved and significant example of Chestnut Hill’s architectural heritage. A substantial rear wing was added in 1927 in the Arts and Crafts style by Philadelphia architect H. Louis Duhring, who owned and resided in the house between 1919 and 1946. You can read more about the significance of the site in the Conservancy’s April 2017 nomination HERE.
We look forward to working with the neighbors, property owners, fellow RCOs, and the Philadelphia Historical Commission on any future development plans that may be proposed for the site.
Earth Day Every Day: How to Bring Nature Back to the Neighborhood
Ask the Experts Virtual Presentation April 22
Thursday, April 22, 7pm
Rob Fleming and Christopher Sohnly will speak about sustainable practices for the home gardener. Rob is an experienced landscape architect and teacher with special expertise in the design, care, and restoration of historic and natural landscapes. Christopher, co-founder of local landscape firm Spruce Hollow Designs LLC, will describe environmentally diverse design, planting, restoration, and maintenance practices to add value and diversity to your yard and garden.
A free, virtual program, Ask the Experts addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Ask questions; get solutions! Organized by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
Free, registration required. Zoom link and details will be sent to registrants on the day of the event.
Ask the Experts is presented with support from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson
Thank you for joining us!
Ask the Experts – Going Solar
Sustainable Preservation
On February 18, Micah Gold-Markel, founder of Philadelphia-based Solar States, a solar installer and educator, discussed residential solar electric systems as a way to invest in clean energy and the local community. His frequent collaborator Chris Kurtz of Kurtz Roofing joined the conversation to answer questions about installations on historic houses.
View the Recording of the talk HERE.
Ask the Experts was presented with support from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson
National Pi Day!
March 14, we celebrate 3.14
National Pi Day celebrates Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends….at least no one and no computer has found the end yet. Often, we round it off to 3.14.
To celebrate, we thought we’d share a fun pie-related scene from Chestnut Hill:
Pie-eating contest outside Bredenbeck’s Bakery, 8126 Germantown Ave.; competitors from left, Andrew McElhinney (who won), Andrea Brad, Annie Warner, Lauren Boyd, with her mother, bakery owner Karen Boyd, Alexis Brady, Shannon Cunningham and Kaye Bish, 1989, used 5-25-1989,by Velma Whitlock.
From the Conservancy Archives
Celebrating Women’s History Month!
One of the photographs in the collections of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Archives may document the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession. Shown here, the view shows women riding an open bus, labeled “touring Washington.” Seventeen signatures including those of Caroline Lounsbury Steele, Elizabeth Hills Lyman, Edyth Pyle, Gladys Sherman, Edna B. Welsh, and Alice Stratton among others, were signed in the photograph’s border. While the exact event for which this photograph was taken is unknown, it may likely have been taken during or in association with the procession. A cursory search online reveals that many of the women who signed their names in the photograph’s border were quite accomplished and were associated with progressive schools and universities; for example, Elizabeth Hills Lyman was a teacher of Latin at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia [long before it moved to East Falls], and eventually opened her own private school for girls. Caroline Lounsbury Steele, a Germantowner, graduated from Smith College in 1892 and was the president of the Smith College Club of Philadelphia.
By Alex Bartlett, Archivist, Chestnut Hill Conservancy
To see historical photographs like the one shown here, visit the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Online Archive at
  • April 22 – Ask the Experts Virtual Presentation
  • May 22 – Architectural Hall of Fame Celebration
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