Advocacy is both an area of concentration and a component of all of the Alliance’s work.

Advocacy programs and services include the following:

  • Review and comment on proposals for alteration or demolition of historic properties in Philadelphia through regular monitoring of the Philadelphia Historical Commission.
  • Appeals, when appropriate, of decisions by the Philadelphia Historical Commission or other public agencies, and support of appeals filed by community organizations in Philadelphia and adjacent counties.
  • Participation in “Section 106” reviews of federally-funded projects to ensure the protection of historic resources.
  • Advocacy on such public policy issues as creation of new state tax incentives for historic preservation, creation of conservation districts in Philadelphia, and review of proposed changes to the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance.
  • Creation of on-line petitions and letter writing or email campaigns on critical local and state preservation issues.
  • Advice to private developers, community organizations, and individuals on the laws and procedures of historic preservation including designation of historic properties, creation of historic districts, financial resources for preservation projects, and procedures for alterations or demolition of historic properties.
  • Nominations of historic properties to the Philadelphia and National Registers of Historic Places.

Support our Advocacy efforts by donating to the Advocacy & Legal Defense Fund.

In The News

National Shrine of St. John Neumann Also Vandalized; How You Can Help

The same vandal who allegedly broke windows at Mother Bethel AME Church on February 19 also struck the National Shrine of St. John Neumann at 1019 N. 5th Street (at Girard Avenue) on the same morning, damaging three stained glass windows.

Estimated repair costs are $20,000. Please consider donating to support the necessary repairs.



February Advocacy Update: Dixie Hummingbirds’ Headquarters Designated

At the February Historical Commission meeting, the Preservation Alliance’s nomination for the Dixie Hummingbird Headquarters at 2435 North College Avenue was unanimously voted to be added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

Historic Districts on the Rise

Church of the Advocate Honored by Young Friends 

Pennsylvania Historic Tax Credit Advocacy Continues

1200 South Broad Development Proposal Approved

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February To-Do List

Explore preservation events around Philadelphia with our monthly To-Do List!

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