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Accidental Master Plan: The Fortuitous Open Spaces of Chestnut Hill
Virtual Lecture by Rob Fleming
January 21, 7pm Zoom
Chestnut Hill is not a planned community, but it reads as one. It has legible boundaries, a central core of commercial services, accessible transportation links, and housing types affordable across a range of income levels. Its character varies and its density ranges from tight-packed urban to near-wilderness. Between lies a network of open spaces—forested streets, parklands, and borrowed views of private landscapes and gardens—all knit together as a pleasing whole.
In this illustrated lecture, Landscape Architect Rob Fleming will show how even while Chestnut Hill’s gradual growth may have been unplanned, a principled aesthetic worldview informed the key land-use and design decisions that would give the community its unique character.
Tickets are $10 for Conservancy members and $15 for non-members. Registrants will receive a Zoom link before the event.
Discovering Chestnut Hill is presented with support from John B. Ward & Co.
New Virtual Program on February 18
February 18, 7pm Zoom
Micah Gold-Markel, founder of Philadelphia-based Solar States, a solar installer and educator, will discuss residential solar electric systems as a way to invest in clean energy and the local community. His frequent collaborator Chris Kurtz of Kurtz Roofing will join the conversation to answer questions about installations on historic houses.
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.
Ask the Experts is presented with support from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson.
The annual Preservation Recognition Awards celebrate a variety of the area’s best preservation projects, as selected by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Preservation Committee. Each of these remarkable projects meet or exceed nationally-held best preservation practices.
This year’s awardees were revealed at the Conservancy’s VIRTUAL Annual Meeting on January 10th.
An exhibit describing the projects is located in the windows of the former Artisans on the Avenue storefront (8440 Germantown Avenue) through January 31st.
Learn more about the Preservation Recognition Awards HERE.
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  • January 21 – Discovering Chestnut Hill Virtual Lecture – Accidental Master Plan: The Fortuitous Open Spaces of Chestnut Hill with Rob Fleming
  • Through January 31 – the 2021 Preservation Recognition Awards Winner Exhibition on Germantown Avenue
  • February 18 – Ask the Experts: Going Solar Virtual Talk with Micah Gold-Markel
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