Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

1 Dec 2016


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.


African American site coalition focus group. Photo courtesy of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.


The John Coltrane House in West Philadelphia.


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.