Discovering Chestnut Hill: The ongoing projects of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy archives

Discovering Chestnut Hill | November 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Alex Bartlett The year 2019 has been a particular busy one for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy archives. To date, the archives have received almost 500 items this year. These include but are not limited to board meeting minutes associated with local organizations, photographs of local businesses, and historical images of stations and rights of […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: The little parts of conservation that make up the big picture

Discovering Chestnut Hill | November 15th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Kevin Hughes Chestnut Hill is a unique and beautiful place. Known for its open spaces, mature trees, exceptional architecture, and access to the Wissahickon Park, it’s no wonder why the community was recognized by Forbes in 2007 as one of America’s Top 7 Urban Enclaves. To many people who call Chestnut Hill their home, […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: From lawn to meadow – creating your own ecosystem

Discovering Chestnut Hill | September 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Kevin Hughes Look around Chestnut Hill and you will undoubtedly notice a common theme: beautiful, architecturally-significant buildings framed by stately, manicured lawns. In fact, it’s kind of Chestnut Hill’s “thing.” But, walk around one of these lawns in the spring and summer and you may notice that aside from an aesthetically-pleasing view, lawns do […]

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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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