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Rachel Hildebrandt

Rachel Hildebrandt, a recent graduate of PennDesign, is a native Philadelphian who is passionate about the changing city she inhabits. Before beginning her graduate studies in historic preservation with a focus on policy, Rachel obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and co-authored two books, The Philadelphia Area Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (2009) and Oak Lane, Olney, and Logan (2011). She currently works as a program associate at Partners for Sacred Places.

Let's Skate! Take A Spin Around Philly's Bygone Roller Rinks

Let’s Skate! Take A Spin Around Philly’s Bygone Roller Rinks

September 24, 2014  |  Vantage

We'll celebrate the Hidden City Daily's 3rd anniversary October 3 in one of city's best remaining roller rinks. Once, there were roller rinks in just about every neighborhood, says Rachel Hildebrandt, and like movie houses, you can spot some of them today > more

Dusting The Sand Off Of Philly's Tiki Heritage

Dusting The Sand Off Of Philly’s Tiki Heritage

May 21, 2014  |  Vantage

A Tiki bar soon will join in the Frankford Avenue renaissance. That may be Fishtown's first Tiki bar, but as Rachel Hildebrandt explains, it's hardly the first in Philadelphia, where we once had several Tiki bars at once > more

New Book Celebrates Germantown Avenue Congregations

New Book Celebrates Germantown Avenue Congregations

January 29, 2014  |  Vantage

As readers of the Hidden City Daily know all too well, longtime houses of worship often struggle to survive. But some, including many along Germantown Avenue, have found ways to adapt—and reuse old, nondenominational spaces. Rachel Hildebrandt sits down with Katie Day, author of a new book about this very phenomenon > more

Planning The Future Of Philadelphia's Other Big Ship

Planning The Future Of Philadelphia’s Other Big Ship

July 23, 2013  |  Vantage

As the future of the SS United States toils in jeopardy, the future of another massive ship just downstream is just beginning. Rachel Hildebrandt looks at a plan to move the USS John F. Kennedy from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to New England, where it would become a museum > more

How To Spot A Theater

How To Spot A Theater

May 14, 2013  |  Vantage

Of the nearly 400 neighborhood theaters and movie palaces Philadelphia boasted, about 135 remain—as churches, as offices, sometimes even as theaters. Rachel Hildebrandt has categorized and mapped them all. Here's our guide to finding them and interpreting what you're seeing > more