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  • Chestnut Hill Historical Society | Defining our future by preserving our past
    Shop Select Page CURRENT NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS BIG NEWS Chestnut Hill Residential Planning 2016 Donate Participate Public notice of CHHS application for land trust accreditation renewal Sponsor Perennial Fete by April 22 for invitation listing Get tickets for the Great Houses Tour What s going on at 30 W Chestnut Hill Avenue Our new phone number is 215 247 9329 With one of America s largest urban historic districts and

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  • About | Chestnut Hill Historical Society
    more CHHS is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the Chestnut Hill area s heritage An innovative easement program preserves historic facades and open space in conjunction with the Friends of the Wissahickon Advocacy for preservation of historic buildings is initiated by CHHS and supported by our Resource Center which directly advises homeowners on their care of their property from maintenance to restoration to adaptive reuse Chestnut Hill located in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia is one of the region s most beautiful and architecturally distinguished communities Flanked by the spectacular Wissahickon Gorge and Cresheim Valley Chestnut Hill is home to outstanding examples of architecture from three centuries many united by the use of the native stone Wissahickon schist Chestnut Hill 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 Two active railroad lines built in the 19 th century still serve the bustling commercial corridor of Germantown Avenue today CHHS ensures that this heritage continues to thrive In 2012 the American Planning Association named Chestnut Hill one of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America based on historical and cultural interest architectural features

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  • Mission | Chestnut Hill Historical Society
    has listed many more on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places Both easements and City designation provide protection in perpetuity We are working proactively on mapping and planning with community partners to identify preservation priorities as well as potential development opportunities We review proposals for new projects that require a zoning variance And we provide consultation on projects affecting the National Register structures in the district LAND CONSERVATION Nationally accredited land trust protecting through easements CHHS is the nation s first accredited urban land trust protecting the natural landscape that weaves throughout the built environment here Easements or donated development rights are a powerful tool in keeping the ample open space that distinguishes our urban village maintains the Wissahickon watershed and protects native flora and fauna To date CHHS has facilitated the permanent conservation of 130 acres of open space in our community ARCHIVES Providing for the discovery and care of Chestnut Hill Heritage The CHHS Archives hold the story of Chestnut Hill This comprehensive collection of 20 000 photos maps drawings deeds etc documents architectural and social history from the 1680s onward We professionally manage the Archives and help community members dig in Turn to us as well for

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  • Founders’ Story | Chestnut Hill Historical Society
    cents to 1 500 streamed into the committee s mailbox The committee s tenacity and the community s zeal ultimately spawned the Chestnut Hill Historical Society incorporated in February 1967 The driving goal was to treat Chestnut Hill as a unit and preserve the key characteristics to retain its essence and ensure its vitality into the future The nascent organization hired Susan and Willard Detweiler to direct a comprehensive land use and architectural survey of Chestnut Hill and Wyndmoor Fervent fundraising fifty volunteers and the Detweilers diligence ultimately produced Chestnut Hill An Architectural History 1969 Margaret B Tinkcom then historian for the Philadelphia Historical Commission called the publication a major event in determining the future of Chestnut Hill Identified in the survey was the Gravers Lane Station one of the few remaining buildings of visionary 19th century Philadelphia architect Frank Furness The Historical Society called on the community again in 1983 to help fund the first phase of the station s restoration including recreating the porch painting the station repointing the walls and repairing the chimney In 1985 the Historical Society completed research and produced a detailed inventory of virtually every building in Chestnut Hill As a result the National Park Service recognized Chestnut Hill as a National Historic District on account of its unique development history its areas of significance as a community and its inventory of stellar and wide ranging examples of American architecture Chestnut Hill was an unusually large Historic District and remains one of the nation s largest today Designation on the National Register of Historic Places is an honor and oversight remains with the Historical Society in the hands of our respected Historic District Advisory Committee Designation does not bring with it any property restrictions rules or regulations Heartening community support in 1987 enabled the

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  • Staff | Chestnut Hill Historical Society
    an archaeologist before returning to school to earn his Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of the Arts Alex received his Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Anthropology and Earth Sciences Patrick Hauck phauck chhist org 215 247 9329 x 203 Conservation and Easements Manager Joining CHHS in 2016 Patrick Hauck brings 30 years of experience in the field of historic preservation and community development He has worked in both public and private sectors as well as for nonprofits including the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana Patrick s expertise includes preservation education and advocacy historic commercial corridor revitalization hands on construction restoration and most recently residential real estate Liz Jarvis ljarvis chhist org 215 247 9329 x 205 Curator Archivist Liz Jarvis has worked as the Curator Archivist for the Chestnut Hill Historical Society since 1994 while also consulting writing books organizing exhibits and setting up collections management systems for historical collections Prior to going freelance she was Curator of the Museum Collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for nine years She is the author of Chestnut Hill Revisited 2004 and Mount Airy 2008 and co author of Chestnut Hill 2002 all published by Arcadia Liz has a Master of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies from George Washington University Leah Silverstein lsilverstein chhist org 215 247 9329 x 202 Business Manager Leah Silverstein joined CHHS in 2016 bringing several years of experience in non profit and small business administration and management While primarily a photographer she has background in history city planning web development graphic design and general construction and handyman work as well as great love of archives maps and all things organizational At Columbia University Leah majored in history

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  • Board | Chestnut Hill Historical Society
    Javers Vice President Development Jessie Deming Vice President Easements Karren DeSeve Vice President Preservation Patricia Marian Cove Vice President Programs Monika Hemmers Secretary Carolyn Adams Treasurer Eric Greenwood Executive Committee At Large Shirley Hanson Frank Niepold DIRECTORS Martha Agate Jason Bissonette Anne Bolno Susan Higley Bray MD Emily Cooperman Ann Csink Charles Day Dilks Martha Kennedy Dennis Meyer Cecile Mihalich Matthew Millan Barbara Olson Mary Ounsworth Susan Peck Ellen Sisle

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  • CHHS: Native Plant Demonstration Garden
    in environmentally sensitive landscaping Designed by members of the society in consultation with horticultural experts at the Morris Arboretum the garden has trees shrubs wildflowers and ferns native to the area The use of native plants in our landscaping helps to preserve the natural environment by reducing water dependence and the need for fertilizers and pesticides and creates a habitat for birds and other wildlife The garden features a Franklin Tree Franklinia alatamaha sometimes hard to establish discovered in 1765 on the banks of the Alatamaha River in Georgia by Philadelphia botanist John Bartram and his son William and named in honor of their great friend Benjamin Franklin Its connection to important figures in Philadelphia s history gives it an honored place in the Society s garden Many individuals and organizations have been instrumental in making this garden possible In addition to the Historical Society members and neighborhood volunteers who contributed their labor we appreciate the generosity of these donors Robert M Hanson Family Wissahickon Garden Club Bird In Hand Consignment Shop Ken LeRoy Tree Landscaping Co Colibraro Landscaping Nursery Campania International Morris Arboretum Fairmount Park Commission and Valley Green Bank A bench in memory of Robert M Hanson stands

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  • Support | Chestnut Hill Historical Society
    Bike Tour Great Houses Tour Discovering Chestnut Hill Walking Tours Perennial Fete Architectural Hall of Fame Preservation Planning and Advocacy Chestnut Hill Residential Plan The Resource Center Easements Archives Photo Collection Online Shop Select Page Ways to Support Be a part of the only organization in Chestnut Hill dedicated to safeguarding both the architecture and the natural lands of this beautiful urban village Membership Sponsorship Volunteering Download the Ways to

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