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.
A church designed by Napoleon LeBrun, architect of the Academy of Music, is being torn down. The developer plans to build 12 townhouses on the property at 11th and Mt. Vernon Streets in the Poplar neighborhood > more
The 1928 theater, deemed too ruined to save, will be torn down by the city. A mixed-use development for the site is being sought by Fourth District councilman Curtis Jones > more
South Kensington Community Partners unanimously supports a young entrepreneur's plan for batting cages inside the former farmer's market and movie house at Sixth and Girard, reports Rachel Hildebrandt > more
The few remnants of what was one of the largest and most exuberant Jewish communities in America--in South Philly--are vulnerable to demolition. Should they be protected as historically important? Rachel Hildebrandt has some insight > more
This restored vintage theater on the key shopping street in the lower Northeast is reborn again--for shopping > more