About UCHS

Mission Statement

University City contains the nation’s largest collection of intact Victorian housing stock, with three major National Register Historic Districts: PoweltonGarden Court, and the West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb.

Our Mission: The University City Historical Society advocates for the preservation of the history, architecture and cultural heritage of West Philadelphia.

UCHS strives to:

  • Enhance the heritage of West Philadelphia and its rich abundance of architecture, culture, history, and scientific riches.
  • Undertake and encourage multiple facets of historical research and preservation.
  • Provide a forum to all who are interested in the past, present and future development of the University City community.


  • Collection of materials related to the history and development of West Philadelphia.
  • Recognition of architectural and environmental stewardship through annual “Outstanding Preservation” and “Preservation Initiative” and “Gift to the Streets” Awards.
  • Sponsorship of historical house and walking tours, featuring the architectural wealth of University City.
  • Creation of historic districts to protect the historic integrity of the neighborhoods of University City.
  • Encouragement of historic preservation through workshops and education.
  • Provide historic building markers.
  • Inform the pubic about special topics related to the history of University City and its rich diversified heritage.
  • Highlight and celebrate local history and preservation through educational programs and special events.
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