In Philadelphia, 72% of carbon emissions come from buildings.
Retrofitting and reusing existing buildings is our biggest opportunity to fight climate change and reduce carbon production. But how do we improve energy impact and building efficiency without diminishing architectural character?
In 2022, with your support, we’ll begin an ambitious new project to strengthen both our physical foundation and our commitment to our core values. With the 8708 Sustainable Preservation Project, the Conservancy will demonstrate how to improve the performance of historic but energy-inefficient houses without diminishing architectural integrity, using the Conservancy’s 164-year-old Headquarters at 8708 Germantown Avenue (a former residence).
This is the first project emerging from the Conservancy’s broadened efforts to inspire and inform a culture of sustainability, establishing a more physically resilient and interconnected built and natural environment.
Your contribution now enables our necessary first steps:
  • Full sustainability evaluation by experts in sustainability and historic architecture
  • Prioritized recommendations for historically sensitive energy efficiency retrofits
  • Space planning to support a growing Archive, establish a publicly accessible Resource Center of best practices, and house ongoing Conservancy operations
  • Sharing this work in real time with engaging outreach and practical how-to guides
Will you partner with us in sustainable stewardship?
Today is Giving Tuesday! If you’d like to participate in this global day of giving, we hope you’ll make a contribution to the Conservancy and our work to come in 2022.
Your gift will help fund the initial phase of the 8708 Sustainable Preservation Project, as well as our ongoing efforts to balance conservation and development, develop and present exciting public programs, and manage our growing Archives.
Would you rather make your gift by phone? Have other questions? Contact Heather Bowlan, Development Manager, at 215.987.1338 or
Monument Lab: Civic ReImagination
A Discovering Chestnut Hill Virtual Lecture
December 8, 7 pm, Zoom
Join us for our final Discovering Chestnut Hill lecture of 2021, as Monument Lab’s Director and co-founder, Dr. Paul M. Farber shares insights from the non-profit public art and history studio’s work on public memory in Philadelphia and beyond. Monument Lab began as a university classroom project in 2012 and has grown into an internationally renowned civic studio grounded in the vision that “monuments must change.” Dr. Farber’s lecture will be followed by a brief Q&A.
Farber earned a PhD and MA in American Culture from the University of Michigan and a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds several academic appointments and has contributed to numerous art and history publications.
Tickets: $10 members; $20 non-members
Discovering Chestnut Hill is presented with support from John B. Ward & Co.
Deadline extended to December 8th!
2021 Preservation Recognition Awards
The Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Preservation Recognition Awards honor outstanding projects within Chestnut Hill and surrounding areas. Each award recognizes a project that is a striking gift to the neighborhood today – and far into the future — and an inspiration for others as they care for their own buildings. These awards help to express our gratitude to those who cherish our historic and architectural resources.
Click HERE for the online nomination submission form. Or click HERE for the downloadable, printable form!
Learn more about the Preservation Recognition Awards HERE.
  • December 1 – Deadline for Nominations for the Preservation Recognition Awards
  • December 8 – Discovering Chestnut Hill – Monument Lab: Civic ReImagination virtual lecture.
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