A preservation easement protects properties and maintains historic character in perpetuity through a deed covenant. Current and future owners of a property promise not to demolish or inappropriately alter, and to maintain the historic character of the property. In most cases, all exterior elevations of a historic structure are protected, but in certain instances, historic interior spaces and landscapes associated with the property can also be protected. The Preservation Alliance works with prospective easement donors to recommend protections that best suit the property and its history.

In most cases, donations of historic easements qualify as charitable contributions deductible from federal income tax.

For additional information about this program, please contact us at info@preservationalliance.com.

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Featured Easements

The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad, Philadelphia

The Preservation Alliance accepted an easement on the Bellevue in 2007 to protect the full exterior and select parts of the interior lobby and significant features of the ballrooms and meeting rooms. Standing on the southwest corner of South Broad Street and Walnut Street, the Bellevue is an important part of Philadelphia’s built environment and history.

Private Residence, Clinton Street, Philadelphia

This easement on Clinton Street was donated in 1983 as one of several donated by a couple that has purchased many homes in the Washington Square West neighborhood and renovated them for new occupants. Clinton Street is a small, one-way, tree lined block full of traditional Philadelphia row homes.

Wharton Esherick’s Residence and Studio, 1520 Horse Shoe Trail, Chester County

Donated in 2011 by Esherick’s daughter and son-in-law, this easement protects the studio where Wharton Esherick lived and worked as well as the adjacent circa 1956 workshop that he collaborated on with Louis I. Kahn. The easement includes interior protections on the studio; many unique features integral to the home and life of the artist; other buildings on the property that were constructed during Esherick’s ownership; and the open space around the buildings.

123-29 Chestnut Street, Old City, Philadelphia

A preservation easement protects this highly decorative corner property in Old City ensuring that no insensitive alterations are made.

Private Residence, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

The house and open space of this beautiful estate in Chestnut Hill are protected by the Alliance’s easement program.

The Drake, 1512 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

The Drake is a stunning landmark on Philadelphia’s skyline. This high-rise apartment building offers scenic views of the city for residents, and the easement protections ensure that the building remain preserved for generations.

Private Residence, Cedar Park, West Philadelphia

Interior and exterior protections cover the 34 stained glass windows, unpainted woodwork, inlaid parquet floors, and beautifully executed exterior details.

Mixed Use in Old City, Philadelphia

Protected by a Preservation Alliance easement since 2004, this five-story mixed use building has a historic cast iron facade on North 3rd Street with ground floor retail space and upper floor residential units.

Private Residence, Malvern, Chester County

A historic farmhouse with an addition designed by the renowned modernist Oskar Stonorov, the easement protects the original early 19th century dwelling, the Stonorov addition, significant interior spaces, the property’s barn, and expansive open space.

Garden Court Condominiums, Pine Street, Philadelphia

A landmark of the Garden Court neighborhood in West Philadelphia, this condominium complex is protected by a facade easement.

Private Residence, Delancey Street, Rittenhouse Square

Designed by one of Philadelphia’s most renowned architects, Frank Furness, this residence is protected in perpetuity by exterior easements ensuring our city doesn’t lose another Furness gem.

Andaluisa Estate, Bucks County

Andaluisa is the historic estate of the Biddle Family, situated on the Delaware River. The estate is now used as an events venue, house museum, and public gardens.

Private Residence, Upper Salford, Montgomery County

One of the earliest homes in this region, this residence has been lovingly restored to period authenticity by its current owner.

Private Residence, Society Hill

Individual homeowners placed easements on their homes in Society Hill to protect an intact row of properties constructed c. 1832. These homes were built as income producing properties for noted Philadelphian Stephen Girard by mason John Struthers.

Private Residence, Huntingdon Valley

This home has been owned by the same family for five generations. The current generation protected the property with exterior, interior, and open space easements to ensure its future preservation.

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