New by Demand: Morning Discovering Chestnut Hill Walking Tour Added!
Pastorius Park and Its Neighborhood:
An Unlikely and Serendipitous Gift of the Automobile Age
Saturday, May 1, 10am
We’ve added, by popular demand, an additional morning tour at 10am, as our afternoon tour sold out immediately!
Early in the 20th Century, the City of Philadelphia made region-wide plans that included a large intersection of three parkways in the heart of Chestnut Hill. Condemnation and clearing opened the ground for the grand intersection— a traffic circle. But World War I interrupted the work. At that point, the community was not yet settled in its final form; if the project had continued, Chestnut Hill would have lost its village character.
Pastorius Park, a jewel of American landscape design, is one of many uncoordinated but fortuitous developments that as a whole give Chestnut Hill the character of a well-planned community. Join Landscape Architect Rob Fleming as we explore Pastorius Park and the remaining traces of what might have been.
In order to ensure the safety of participants and guides, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy has implemented the following procedures for in-person walking tours.
  • All participants and guides, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face masks that cover their mouth and nose at all times during the tour.
  • All participants and guides, regardless of vaccination status, must maintain six feet of distance from anybody outside of their household at all times during the tour.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance of the tour.
  • Tours will be limited to 10 participants.
  • Tours will feature individual audio systems that transmit from a microphone worn by the guide to receivers and headphones worn by participants. All audio system equipment is sanitized before and after each use. Participants are welcome to use their own headphones—please note: only wired headphones using a standard headphone plug are compatible with the audio system.
Tickets: $10/members, $20/non-members
Discovering Chestnut Hill is presented with support from John B. Ward & Co.
Ask the Experts Virtual Presentation This Thursday!
Earth Day Every Day: How to Bring Nature Back
to the Neighborhood
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
All Ticket Levels Available!
The 2020 Architectural Hall of Fame virtual Celebration on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm includes the Hall of Fame’s 2021 nominees and inductees, an online and live auction, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Louis Kahn’s Esherick House with a special introduction by filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn!
Don’t miss this unique evening celebrating Chestnut Hill’s tradition of well-designed architecture and open space! Please join us for this exciting program and support our only fundraising event of the year by purchasing a ticket at one of the following levels:
  • Schist: $5,000 Ticket to our unique online event, recognition in our printed and online communications, 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, recognition in our printed and online communications, 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, recognition in our printed and online communications, and a delivered dinner from Bacchus Catering to heat and enjoy the evening of the Celebration (fmv $33)
  • Patron: $25/person Ticket to our unique online event (100% tax-deductible)
If you’ve already purchased a ticket, thank you for your support! Please share this with your neighbors and encourage them to visit our website for more information or purchase tickets online now. We look forward to celebrating with you on the 22nd!
Just 10 Days Left to Vote!
Even More Ways to Vote
It’s never been easier to vote for your
favorite places in Chestnut Hill!
The publicly-chosen Architectural Hall of Fame recognizes treasured residential, institutional, and commercial/public places in Chestnut Hill. Visit the 2021 Finalists webpage, or text the words CHESTNUT HILL to 56512, to learn more about each of the finalists – you can vote for one in each category!
Voting will be open through April 30 and the winners will be revealed at our Architectural Hall of Fame Celebration on May 22nd.
Finalist photos, clockwise from top left: Woodward Community Centere (aka Redheffer House); Valley Green Bridge; Chestnut Hill Women’s Center (aka Julia Hebard Marsden Residence); William A. Kilian Co. Hardware; High Hollow; William Streeper House; Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting; Jenks Wall and Children’s Park; Keewaydin; Evergreen Place
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  • April 22 – Ask the Experts Virtual Presentation
  • May 1 – Discovering Chestnut Hill Tour: Pastorius Park and Its Neighborhood In-Person Walking Tour with Rob Fleming
  • May 6– Historic District Advisory Committee Public Meeting 6:30pm REGISTER HERE for the Zoom link to attend
  • May 22 – Architectural Hall of Fame Celebration
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Chestnut Hill Conservancy | 8708 Germantown AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19118