Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

1/4: Installation view of the Better Philadelphia exhibition, 1947. Photo by Ezra Stoller, published in Architectural Forum, reprinted as Philadelphia Plans Again, courtesy of The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.
2/4: African American site coalition focus group. Photo courtesy of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.
3/4: The John Coltrane House in West Philadelphia.
4/4: Heritage site leaders in New York City on an educational field trip to visit the Weeksville Heritage Center and the Louis Armstrong House to explore respective best practices in interpretation, programming and marketing. Philadelphia-based museum consultants Talbott & Remer, LLC were retained to assist the group discussion. Photo courtesy of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a membership-based, nonprofit organization that promotes the protection, importance, and appropriate use of historic buildings and urban landscapes in the region. Through advocacy, planning efforts, and community programming, the Preservation Alliance looks after and restores Philadelphia’s historic built environment, with programs that support homeowners and community leaders. With Center support in 2012, the Preservation Alliance worked with the owners of the vacant John Coltrane House in North Philadelphia to plan a program strategy for the jazz great’s former home. In 2016, the Preservation Alliance received Center support to plan a contemporary restaging of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 1947 Better Philadelphia Exhibition—a pivotal historic project that helped define the city’s urban redevelopment.


Jan Ramirez, chief curator and director of collections for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, speaks about the interpretive planning process for the museum.

Collaborators & Colleagues

A former member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Lisa Kraus has worked extensively as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and writer locally, nationally, and abroad.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education commissions art that more directly fulfills its missions of land preservation, restoration, and education.

Grants & Grantees

Barbara Bullock is a painter and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Commissioned by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University with Center support, A Fierce Kind of Love is a new play by theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Andrew McIntyre, a co-founder of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on audience motivation, behavior and response.

Two Center-funded projects, Funeral for a Home by Temple Contemporary and *Jason Rhoades: Four Roads” by the Institute of Contemporary Art, published limited-edition art books.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Producer, writer, director, and founder of Blueberry Hill Productions, Laurie Kahn has a number of writing credits to her name for award-winning films and television series.

The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society presented three traditional Beijing operas, two dramas and a love story, featuring three leading performing artists from China.

People’s Light & Theater Company engaged in an extensive consultancy to build a new subscription model and programming mix, which led to increased subscription sales.

Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad.

Coming up in May, take part in multidisciplinary Center-funded installations and participatory events that consider representations of Philadelphia through monumental public art, a community’s and artist’s response to the loss of a school, and the intersections of historical and theatrical storytelling.