Public Programs, Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary, Estate Planning Awareness, and New Staff Additions

Discovering Chestnut Hill

Tour & Lecture Series

This popular series of guided tours and lectures invite you to explore the architecture, history, and natural beauty of our urban village. Topics range from Pastorius Park, trees in the Andorra Natural Area, mid-century modern architecture, the Italian artisans who built Chestnut Hill, properties protected by historic designation and easement, and more!

Conservancy Members save on tickets for these and other special events. Become a member here!

Innovative Urban Housing in South Chestnut Hill: Walking Tour

Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 1:20 pm

Meet at the southeast corner of West Willow Grove Avenue and Lincoln Drive

Retired architect and city planner, Conservancy Board Member, and Chestnut Hill local Richard Bartholomew will lead this tour through the most unique and surprising houses in the lower section of Chestnut Hill. The tour will be supplemented with archival photographs of the houses, and it will be followed by a light reception.

On-street parking is available. SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West Line provides Sunday train service from Center City and 30th Street station arriving at St. Martin’s Station at 1:09 PM. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.


Ask The Experts

A free program to the community, Ask the Experts addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care, as well as free access to the Archives. Ask questions; get solutions! Organized by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
Historical Ironwork Restoration with Sam Filippi

Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 1:00 pm

In person at the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, 8708 Germantown Avenue

Sam Filippi, Chris Meyers, and Dominic Manero evaluating the fence in Spring 2022
Sam Filippi, a local ironworker and member of a family with 75 years of expertise in the industry, will give a presentation on the Filippi Brothers‘ works to restore the Conservancy’s Headquarters iron fence. Filippi will also provide information, tips, and tricks for homeowners on how to restore and maintain iron fences, railings, gateways, and other architectural components and decorations.  While you’re there, feel free to admire the masonry work done for the restored fence by Joseph Manero & Sons. This is a free event, but registration is requested.

Conservancy Volunteer Day (Our First!) at Pastorius Park

Photo by Paul W. Meyer
Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 9:00 am to noon

Pastorius Park, at the Warming Hut (off Millman Street)

The Chestnut Hill Conservancy is proud to be a part of Friends of Pastorius Park’s efforts to restore Pastorius Park, one of the most unique and emblematic open spaces in all of Chestnut Hill.

Friends of Pastorius Park is in need of 6 volunteers to help drag precut invasive plants to the roadside for City pickup. These works will be focused on the area behind Louis Kahn Margaret Esherick House. Volunteers should bring gloves, and loppers only if they have them.

Register now so we can give you a Conservancy t-shirt!


Beef, Beer, and Baked Goods Fundraiser for Mitchell (Hiram) Lodge #81 and Chef Angela Jarmon

No proceeds will be kept by the Conservancy

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 6:00 pm

Venetian Club (8030 Germantown Avenue)

Join the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Night Kitchen Bakery at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 2 for a Beef, Beer, and Baked Goods Fundraiser at the Venetian Club. The evening will include a silent auction, raffles, and a 50/50!

This event will raise money to help two community treasures – assisting with the immediate stabilization and eventual restoration of the fire-damaged Hiram Lodge #81 (aka Mitchell Lodge), and supporting Night Kitchen Pastry Chef Angela Jarmon in her battle with multiple sclerosis.

In times of need, we support each other. Night Kitchen Bakery and the Conservancy have organized this, but will not receive any funds from this event.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Lodge and Chef Angela Jarmon here, or you can purchase tickets for the fundraiser event*.

*All funds raised will be donated to the Lodge and Chef Angela Jarmon

Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Today!

The Chestnut Hill Conservancy is happy to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which was passed on Oct. 18, 1972. Learn more about the Clean Water Act and its history on this website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In partnership with Friends of Wissahickon, the Conservation and Preservation Easements Program has helped to facilitate the conservation of over 100 acres of priority open space in the Wissahickon Watershed, safeguarding water quality for over 100,000 Philadelphians. We are proud to be a part of the climate solution. Join us!

National Estate Planning Awareness Week is 10/17-10/23

Estate planning is a critical process to ensure your legacy is carried forward. This week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week and we hope you’ll take part in instilling your legacy in Chestnut Hill for generations to come.

There are many ways to leave a legacy with a planned gift to the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, including a bequest or by listing us as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account.

Hear from past Board President, Randy Williams about why he and his wife Nancy are committed to leaving a legacy from their estate:

“The Conservancy is the single biggest and most effective advocate for preservation of our community. The Endowment Fund was created to relieve the daily stress of staff to constantly raise the funds needed to sustain and grow all elements of our mission. I believe if the Conservancy has been a part of your life and shares your values, why would you not want to see it thrive and continue by leaving a legacy gift? A few percentage points of your IRA or residual estate can make a big difference in sustaining the efforts of the Conservancy.”

Planned gifts are part of the Endowment Fund which provides sustainable funding for the Conservancy long into the future. If you’re interested in planned giving you can learn more on our website or feel free to contact Danielle Marino, Development Manager at danielle@chconservancy.org for more information.

The Chestnut Hill Conservancy does not provide legal or financial advice. Please consult your tax advisor or lawyer to discuss your options.

The Conservancy Keeps Growing!

Meet new staff members Tatiana Paden, Jennifer Quiring, and David Tortajada

From left to right: Alex Bartlett, Liz Jarvis, Emily Schricker, Lori Salganicoff, Danielle Marino, Jen Quiring, David Tortajada, and Tatiana Paden
For the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, 2022 has been a year of growth. After the appointment of Danielle Marino as the new Development Manager in June, there have been three other additions to our staff. Tatiana Paden, Jennifer Quiring, and David Tortajada have joined the conservancy as new Executive Office & Archives Assistant, Finance & Office Manager, and Programs & Communications Manager, respectively.

Now, more than ever, the Conservancy works to celebrate and protect our area’s open space, architecture, and history – and sustain our community.

This investment was made possible by Conservancy members and supporters – Thank you!

Conservancy staff luncheon by Dan Macey at his Margaret Esherick House (Louis Kahn)

You can learn more about the Conservancy staff, as well as find contact information on our website.

Thank you for joining us!

Public Programs Brainstorming Happy Hour

On October 12, over 20 creative people who love this place joined us during our Public Programs Brainstorming Happy Hour at the Venetian Social Club. Great ideas and suggestions for future public programs were flying, inspired by the many stories to be explored about the area’s history, people, special places, and environment.

To everyone who attended the event, thank you very much for your wonderful ideas!

If you weren’t able to attend, don’t hesitate to share your ideas. What public programs would you be interested in enjoying, or perhaps even helping with? You can contact Programs & Communications Manager David Tortajada at david@chconservancy.org, or call him at 215 -247-9329 x 108.


Check our website for updates on details

  • October 23 – Discovering Chestnut Hill – Innovative Urban Housing in South Chestnut Hill. Walking tour with Richard Bartholomew
  • November 2 – Beef, Beer, and Baked Goods Fundraiser for Mitchell (Hiram) Lodge #81 and Chef Angela Jarmon
  • November 5 – Ask the Experts – Historical Ironwork Restoration with Sam Filippi
  • November 12 – Volunteer Day at Pastorius Park
  • November 19, through December – Streetscape Exhibition – The evolution of Pastorius Park, the park that almost wasn’t
  • Late November/Early December – Ask The Experts – This Green Old House. First Steps to Reducing Energy Use at Home
  • Early December – Illustrated lecture by Nathaniel Kahn on the works of artist, architect, and living legend Rafael Villamil


  • November 19 – “Light Up the Tower!” Fundraiser for the Water Tower Recreation Center

Support the Conservancy!

If your membership is up for renewal or you are looking to join us, you can make your contribution by mailing a check to our office or using a credit card online. You also can make a donation at any time throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact us at membership@chconservancy.org if you have any questions about your membership.

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