Discovering Chestnut Hill: A call for preservation projects that deserve recognition

Discovering Chestnut Hill | November 24th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Shirley Hanson, Chestnut Hill Conservancy Are you an architect who has helped a client undertake a painstaking restoration of a neglected building? Are you a building owner who has carefully rehabilitated worn-out parts of your older home? Are you a contractor who has helped to protect valuable features of an older building? Are you […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Woodmere director to lead first tour of transformative outdoor sculpture

Discovering Chestnut Hill | May 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Anne Standish, Woodmere Art Museum, for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy The Woodmere Art Museum is partnering with the Chestnut Hill Conservancy for its “Discovering Chestnut Hill” series exploring architecture, landscape, and history through leisurely walking tours. On Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m., Woodmere director and CEO William Valerio will lead a tour of […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Historic Yeakel Cemetery Conservation Success Story

Discovering Chestnut Hill | November 16th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Liz Jarvis The 300 year-old Yeakel Cemetery in Wyndmoor is being carefully restored, thanks to many friends, volunteers and experts. With funds from the Schwenkfelder Church, Bowman Properties, and many local people who care about history, the professionals from Materials Conservation, Inc. have been hard at work preserving the historic cemetery during October. The […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Discover Summit Street, a microcosm of 19th Century American architecture

Discovering Chestnut Hill | August 17th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Richard Bartholomew, Chestnut Hill Historical Society Summit Street, not surprisingly, is located at the highest elevation in Philadelphia: 446 feet above sea level. But today it may be better known as one of the most interesting and beautiful streets in Chestnut Hill. Its development as a fashionable 19th century suburb followed the opening of […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: When the Hill was a summer destination

Discovering Chestnut Hill | July 20th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Alex Bartlett, Archivist, Chestnut Hill Historical Society Chestnut Hill once functioned as a summer resort for Philadelphians wanting to escape the heat of the city. In 1854, the railroad tracks of the Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad – the present-day Chestnut Hill East Line – reached Chestnut Hill. The arrival of this railroad opened […]

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