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.
Without any kind of protection, the historic Fante Leon Pool in the Italian Market--with its classical portico--meets the bulldozer > more
Rachel Hildebrandt on the Haddington apartment building that pioneered the combined use of historic and low-income tax credits 20 years ago, which just received a new--and powerfully evocative--renovation by BWA Architecture and Planning > more
At Broad and Dauphin, a corner dollhouse that defied--and still defies--convention > more
Rittenhouse Square is full of mansions. So is Spring Garden and Fairmount. Dozens survive in North Philadelphia, home of the most gilded robber baron estates. But South Philly? Rachel Hildebrandt discovers three of them on Cross Street, in the heart of the iconic Italian-American neighborhood > more
North Philadelphia's Tioga Theater, which once hosted jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan, will be reincarnated as a community-oriented banquet hall > more