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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.

At The Traditional Start of Summer, Good-Bye To A Pool Full Of Tradition

At The Traditional Start of Summer, Good-Bye To A Pool Full Of Tradition

May 28, 2012  |  Buzz

Without any kind of protection, the historic Fante Leon Pool in the Italian Market--with its classical portico--meets the bulldozer > more

Second Time's The Charm

Second Time’s The Charm

May 22, 2012  |  News

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

Tiny Windows!

Tiny Windows!

May 17, 2012  |  Found

At Broad and Dauphin, a corner dollhouse that defied--and still defies--convention > more

Mini-Mansions of South Philly

Mini-Mansions of South Philly

April 4, 2012  |  Found

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

New Life For Former Theater, Jazz Club

New Life For Former Theater, Jazz Club

February 2, 2012  |  News

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