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.
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
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
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
Rachel Hildebrandt reminds us what South Broad Street was like before the major projects of the 2000s...not that long ago and yet seemingly erased from memory > more
The Philadelphia Doll museum is the only cultural institution left in what was a center of cultural institutions in North Philly. Rachel Hildebrandt catches up with its founder and director Barbara Whiteman > more