Should a former Philly bathhouse gain landmark status because of its place in LGBTQ history? by WHYY & NPR’s by Starr Herr-Cardillo

Link to original article Back when homosexuality was illegal in Philadelphia, the Camac Baths offered a safe place for queer subculture to exist. On April 12th, the Philadelphia Historical Commission will vote on whether or not to award landmark status to the Baths, a former Jewish schvitz that turned a blind eye towards gay patronsContinue reading “Should a former Philly bathhouse gain landmark status because of its place in LGBTQ history? by WHYY & NPR’s by Starr Herr-Cardillo”

Hey, Mayor Kenney: Here are the buildings that Philadelphians want historically preserved by Caitlin McCabe, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Few places in the nation are as old or historically significant as Philadelphia, the touted birthplace of America. Yet only 2.2 percent of the city’s buildings are historically designated. So Philly Mayor Kenney, here are some suggestions to get you started: SAVE MINTON HOUSE!

“New City Council bill pushes for preservation of Philadelphia’s murals” by Hannah Kanik of PhillyVoice

A new bill aims to preserve murals in Philadelphia through creating a mural database and tracking system. The proposed ordinance would create a database of public artworks and establish protocols for those potentially impacted by construction.

12th Street Gym Is Great, But It Used To Be The Shvitz by Ron Avery, Hidden City

Link here: 12th Street Gym Is Great, But It Used To Be The Shvitz NOVEMBER 19, 2014 | Ron Avery Those svelte leotard-clad young women and muscle-building males at the 12th Street Gym are probably unaware that Center City’s most active workout venue was once filled with bald, paunchy, old guys who rarely touched aContinue reading “12th Street Gym Is Great, But It Used To Be The Shvitz by Ron Avery, Hidden City”

Systemic Racism and Historic Preservation by Faye Anderson, PhillyJazz.us

Systemic Racism and Historic Preservation by Faye Anderson, PhillyJazz.us From the colonial era to the Civil War, Philadelphia was a center of organized resistance to slavery. The city was also home to the largest and wealthiest African American population in the country. Philadelphia’s Black elite included Henry Minton (1811-1883), a caterer and abolitionist whose guestsContinue reading “Systemic Racism and Historic Preservation by Faye Anderson, PhillyJazz.us”