Discovering Chestnut Hill: Illuminating history on Germantown Avenue on ‘Night of Lights’

Discovering Chestnut Hill | August 29th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Leah Silverstein On Friday, Oct. 4, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy is presenting the third annual Night of Lights. Designed to immerse visitors in the ongoing story of Chestnut Hill, this innovative public art exhibit will transform Germantown Avenue into an interactive exhibit of local history and architecture. Using the commercial corridor as a canvas […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Conservancy adds Local photos to online collection

Discovering Chestnut Hill | July 26th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Alex Bartlett In 2007, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy (then the Chestnut Hill Historical Society) received an invaluable donation by the Chestnut Hill Local of a collection of thousands of photographs taken by Local staff members for publication in the community newspaper. Since then, volunteers and staff of the conservancy have been cataloging the collection, […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Dos and don’ts for protecting your historic masonry

Discovering Chestnut Hill, Homes & Home | July 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Peter Saylor, FAIA Recognized as a National Historic District, Chestnut Hill has been described by David Contosta and Carol Franklin in their book, “Metropolitan Paradise,” as an assemblage of “delectable details” formed by a sympathetic bond responding to original land forms, connecting fabric of forest vegetation, natural materials, and an astonishing variety of housing […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Protecting urban open space one acre at a time

Discovering Chestnut Hill | May 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Kevin Hughes Chestnut Hill is one of the region’s most beautiful and architecturally distinguished communities. Flanked by the spectacular Wissahickon Gorge and Cresheim Valley, it began as a rural farming and milling community in the early 1700s and became the site of one of the first planned suburban communities in the 19th century. With […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Railroads and their landscapes in Chestnut Hill

Community, Discovering Chestnut Hill | April 5th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Alex Bartlett, Archivist, Chestnut Hill Conservancy The construction of the Chestnut Hill East and West railroads in Chestnut Hill caused significant and permanent changes to the landscapes adjacent to the two lines. Most of the rights of way along both lines, however, were quite rural at the time of their construction, and, therefore, the […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Conservancy recognizes developer Brad Bank with award for preservation excellence

Discovering Chestnut Hill | February 1st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Patricia Cove Brad Bank has found his calling. Following stints as a lawyer, real estate agent and antique automobile restorer, he has combined his talents, and love of the “old,” into a fulfilling career in discovering and restoring historically significant buildings. Bank makes it clear, that he is not into “flipping.” He and his […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Winners of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Preservation Recognition Awards demonstrate exceptional care and commitment

Discovering Chestnut Hill | January 25th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Shirley Hanson, Chestnut Hill Conservancy This is the fifth year for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Preservation Recognition Awards. One award praised Ann and Jack Kelly’s cornice restoration. The Kellys were unable to be present at the Conservancy’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6. There to receive the award was the Meyer Restoration Team of […]

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