Summer 2017

A Quarterly Note from our Executive Director

Last month, Philadelphia became the first city in its entirety to be distinguished by the the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of their National Treasures. The National Trust designation adds to many such recognitions, including the 2012 designation of Chestnut Hill by the American Planning Association as one of their “Great Places in America,” and the 1987 recognition of the neighborhood by the National Park Service as one of the country’s largest National Register Historic Districts.

Our Residential Conservation, Preservation, and Development Study couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Conducted with the Chestnut Hill Community Association earlier this year, the study’s release coincides with the National Treasure designation and the launch of Mayor Kenney’s Preservation Task Force to reassess how the city preserves its historic resources.

As greater Philadelphia considers the future of its resources, Chestnut Hill is also experiencing great potential for change through development pressure as well as planning efforts. This fall, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission is due to commence its Upper Northwest Philadelphia District Plan affecting Chestnut Hill and other Upper NW neighborhoods—one of the final elements of the Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan. In addition to the detailed set of maps illustrating what exist—and what’s at stake (highlighted in last month’s news)—we’re hoping that this study also will provide a set of management tools to contribute to a larger discussion about managing change in our neighborhoods.

And with fall lining up, we’re looking ahead to cooler-season events: be sure to check out the September 12 opening of our Wissahickon Collection Exhibit at the Friends of the Wissahickon headquarters, our Discovering Chestnut Hill walking tour series, and the spectacular Night of Lights illuminating Germantown Avenue on October 6!

We’re also excited for our 50th Anniversary Preservation Celebration, this year atGuildford (formerly the Wharton Sinkler Estate), and are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Architectural Hall of Fame, which will be unveiled there. Mark your calendars forDecember 2 and put forward your favorite building for the vote!

And see you out there on the Hill!
Lori Salganicoff,
Executive Director
Chestnut Hill Conservancy