DISCOVERING CHESTNUT HILL SPRING 2023 TOUR AND LECTURE SERIES: “SUSTAINING MAIN STREET: CHESTNUT HILL IN THE 21ST CENTURY”
Register for one or both events at https://chconservancy.org/discovering-chestnut-hill or by calling 215-247-9329
April 13, 6:30pm – Illustrated Lecture (6pm wine and cheese reception)
Venetian Club, 8030 Germantown Avenue
Chestnut Hill is a living experiment in sustainability, a place that has greatly changed while keeping its distinctive character as an historic urban village with a vibrant main street, Germantown Avenue. In his talk, Miles Orvell will define the character of Chestnut Hill as a place somewhere between the ordinary and the extraordinary.
A resident of Chestnut Hill for more than thirty years, Miles Orvell teaches American studies at Temple University, and has written several books about American culture including The Death and Life of Main Street.
April 23, 1:30pm – Guided Walking Tour
Begins at 8708 Germantown Avenue (Chestnut Hill Conservancy)
Following the April 13 lecture by Miles Orvell, George McNeely will lead a walk around the commercial core of Chestnut Hill. During this tour, he will explore the subsidiary buildings and yards along and near Germantown Avenue that have evolved in different ways to support our Main Street. These often overlooked humble structures are a key part of the healthy commercial fabric of Chestnut Hill and deserve greater recognition of the vital supporting role they play.
George McNeely is a local architectural historian and writer whose insights into our history and surroundings appear frequently in the “Our Town” column of the Chestnut Hill Local.