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Joshua Bevan

Defending Philly History From 3,000 Miles Away

Defending Philly History From 3,000 Miles Away

October 17, 2018  |  Uncategorized

Joshua Bevan knew he had to act after discovering the architectural beauty of Belmont. From his home in San Francisco he mobilized to nominate a neighborhood landmark for historic designation. In this essay Bevan describes his journey between the Bay Area and Philly to protect the McGaw Mansion > more

In Belmont, The Making Of A

In Belmont, The Making Of A “City Of Villas”

January 20, 2017  |  Preservation

Contributor Joshua Bevan takes us on an architectural tour of Belmont, where the origins and growth of the neighborhood can still be read in its distinctive homes > more

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

November 21, 2016  |  History

Livestock, slaughterhouses, and stock cars: these are the sights of West Philadelphia after the Civil War. Contributor Joshua Bevan introduces us to Irish immigrant cattle drover Dennis Smyth, a leading figure of the city's stockyard industry in the late 19th century > more

In Germantown, The Work Of Henry Houston Lives On

In Germantown, The Work Of Henry Houston Lives On

September 14, 2016  |  History

Community planner and developer Henry Houston is best known for his 19th century suburban expansion in Chestnut Hill and Wissahickon Heights, but his significant influence in Germantown remains largely unsung. Contributor Joshua Bevan takes a trip to Tulpehocken Station where the origins of Houston's legacy surrounds all > more