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Rachel Hildebrandt

Rachel Hildebrandt, a 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 senior program manager at Partners for Sacred Places.

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North Broad’s “Lion Of Zion” Finds Strength In Design

August 8, 2018  |  Art & Design

Zion Baptist Church opens its doors to a sustainable future and a North Philly revival. Rachel Hildebrandt has the story > more

Church Demolition By The Numbers: More Questions Than Answers

Church Demolition By The Numbers: More Questions Than Answers

December 9, 2016  |  Preservation

Since 2009, 28 churches have been demolished in Philadelphia. Is development pressure to blame? Partners for Sacred Places staffer and Hidden City contributor Rachel Hildebrandt says yes and does the math on the unabating trend > more

Demolition In The Works For Marian Anderson Church

Demolition In The Works For Marian Anderson Church

August 18, 2015  |  Preservation

Demolition permits have been pulled for the church where the great contralto Marian Anderson first sang in a choir and began her groundbreaking career. Contributors Rachel Hildebrandt and Oscar Beisert rushed to file a nomination to place the building on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places only to find an ineffectual administrative procedure still firmly in place > more

A Look At Temple University's Demolition History

A Look At Temple University’s Demolition History

March 18, 2015  |  Preservation

Philadelphia preservationists have taken a wrecking ball to the gut in recent days, with the Boyd Theatre currently coming down and the fate of the legendary Blue Horizon sealed by the Philadelphia Historical Commission's choice to not designate its interior. Meanwhile, just up North Broad Street, Temple University is in the midst of a demolition spree, in some cases with no plans to replace what it's knocking down. Rachel Hildebrandt surveys what's been lost through almost 70 years of campus expansion > more

Let's Skate! Take A Spin Around Philly's Bygone Roller Rinks

Let’s Skate! Take A Spin Around Philly’s Bygone Roller Rinks

September 24, 2014  |  History

We'll celebrate the Hidden City Daily's 3rd anniversary October 3 in one of city's best remaining roller rinks. Once, there were roller rinks in just about every neighborhood, says Rachel Hildebrandt, and like movie houses, you can spot some of them today > more