Boyd, Blue Horizon Top Preservation Alliance 2013 Most Endangered List

 

Legendary Blue Horizon | photo: Bradley Maule

Legendary Blue Horizon | photo: Bradley Maule

Faced with a developer’s plan to demolish the art deco interior of the Boyd Theater, the long shuttered movie palace has been named one of 36 endangered buildings and one historic district by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The annual list will be publicly released tomorrow at a rally to save the threatened Boyd, but it’s available on the Alliance’s website, HERE.

Alliance staff compiled the list based on community feedback and their own analysis. The Blue Horizon boxing ring, Robinson’s store on Market Street, 19th Street Baptist Church, Engine 46 Firehouse, and Shawmont Station are key vulnerable properties on the list. Alliance staff also included the turn-of-the-century Haddington National Historic District in West Philadelphia, where the buildings were mostly designed by a single architect, E. Allen Wilson, and 30 shuttered public schools. Look for our story on the Shawmont Station tomorrow.

The 2013 list also acknowledges three key buildings listed in previous years that are still vulnerable–the Royal Theater, Church of the Assumption, and Gretz Brewery–two that have been lost this year–St. Bonaventure Church and Ortlieb’s Brewery–and two that have been saved–St. Peter’s Church in Germantown and the Nugent Home for Baptists.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is also senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine.



1 Comment


  1. Much as I love the interior of the Boyd and believe it ought to be saved, I think the Blue Horizon is a far more important structure for its location.

Recent Posts
Of Birds And Drinking Water

Of Birds And Drinking Water

October 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Inside the East Park Reservoir, Temple students adopting blocks, UCD to start early on 40th Street plaza, and Jewish life gets a boost at Penn > more

Preservation Alliance Launches

Preservation Alliance Launches “Places To Save” List

October 20, 2014  |  Buzz

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia reboots their annual "Endangered Properties" list with new "Places to Save" announcements > more

Bless Our Beer Gardens, Past and Present

Bless Our Beer Gardens, Past and Present

October 20, 2014  |  Behind the Facade

Drinking al fresco reached new heights this summer as brilliantly designed beer gardens popped up all over the city. This isn't anything new though, says Nic Esposito. Philadelphia has been publicly drunk since 1671 > more

Old City Orange Façade To Be Preserved

Old City Orange Façade To Be Preserved

October 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Historical Commission okays Old City development, the emblematic stairway at the Barnes, Blatstein serious yet anxious about The Provence, 10 homes for NoLibs, and a salvaged cornice delights in Fishtown > more

The Tombstone Wall Of Society Hill

The Tombstone Wall Of Society Hill

October 17, 2014  |  Vantage

With October at hand and Halloween on the way, we thought a series on historic cemeteries was most appropriate. Our first story presents the strange tale of thirty tombstones that sit embedded in the back wall of the Presbyterian Historical Society > more

Existential Tug-Of-War Along West Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Existential Tug-Of-War Along West Cecil B. Moore Avenue

October 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The identity crisis of TempleTown, Family Court opens, artist space coming to Grays Ferry, mixed-use for Ridge, inside the Bok storage facility, and PhillyU collects $60M > more