The Keeping Society of Philadelphia (501c3 non-profit) is the city’s most active protector of endangered (undesignated) historic properties, a distinction the project has earned by filing a record number of nominations over the last few years. The work of the organization is achieved by volunteers like Oscar Beisert, Architectural Historian, and J.M. Duffin, Historian.

The following successful nominations were authored or sponsored by the Keeping Society and its volunteers: 


Nomination: Peter Woll & Sons, Curled Hair & Bristles (1886)
Address: 173 W. Berks Street, Kensington

Nomination: The Conklin-Armstrong HouseAddress: 2224 & 2226 Tioga Street


Nomination: Pelham Pharmacy (1904)Address: 6626 Germantown Avenue
Mt. Airy


Nomination: 711, 713, and 715 N. 6th StreetAddress: Northern Liberties
This nomination was authored by Arielle Harris, Architectural Historian, for the Keeping Society.


Nomination: Woodward-Wanger Company (1929-30)Address: 1106-1114 Spring Garden Street




Nomination: Glenn & Co. Perfumery (1855-56)
Address: 726 Chestnut Street


Nomination: Residence & Restaurant of Henry Minton
Address: 204 S. 12th Street
Nomination: The Alexander Henry House (1853-58)
Address: 3460 West School House Lane, East Falls/Germantown


Nomination: 405 & 407 S. 42nd StreetWest Philadelphia
Sponsored by Citizens for Progressive Planning and Preservation of West Philadelphia and the University City Historical Society.


Nomination: Green Hill Market House (1861)Address: 1632 W. Poplar Street


Nomination: Western Savings Fund Society (1916-17) Architect: Furness, Evans & Co.                                                                  Address: 1805-07 E. York Street




Nomination: North Philadelphia Office of the Western Savings Fund Society (1925)Address: 3549 Germantown Avenue
North Philadelphia


Nomination: Nichols-Goehring House (1902)Address: 6625 Lincoln Drive
Mt. Airy

Nomination: Philadelphia Passenger Railway Company Car House & Stable (1866-67)
Address: 4100 Chestnut Street, West Philadelphia
This nomination was sponsored by the University City Historical Society. 


Nomination: Columbia Works (1866-67)
Address: 155-59 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Kensington 


Nomination: West Philadelphia Passenger Railway Company Depot (1876)
Address: 4100 Haverford Avenue, West Philadelphia


Nomination: R.C.C. of the Immaculate Conception (1870-71)
Address: 1018-20 & 1032 N. Front Street, Northern Liberties


Nomination: John Crompton Adelphia Corp. Manufacturing Building, Paper Boxes (1930)
Address: 155-59 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Kensington 


Nomination: Camac Baths (1929)
Address: 204 S. 12th Street, S. Camac & Chancellor Streets
Staff Report: Camac Baths (1929)
Owner’s Report:


Nomination: St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church
Address: 1600-06 E. Berks Street, Fishtown, Kensington



Nomination: Little Wakefield, the Fisher Estate
Address: 1701 Lindley Avenue, Germantown


Nomination/Address: 81-95 Fairmount Avenue (8 Buildings)


Nomination: The Wachsmuth-Henry House
Address: 4908 Germantown Avenue, Germantown


Nomination: The Edward Corner Warehouse
Address: 1100-02 N. Delaware Avenue, Fishtown, Kensington


Nomination: “Woodside:” the Dorfeuille-Hacker Country Seat
Address: 339 E. Wister Street, Germantow


Nomination: The Francis Strawbridge House
Address: Wissahickon Avenue, Germantown (2 Buildings)


Nomination: The Frederick J. Rapp House, c. 1786
The Oldest House in Fishtown
Address: 1003 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown, Philadelphia


Nomination: 10th District Patrol House & Stable
Address: 1416-22 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown


Nomination: “Greenville”–the Estate of Samuel & Rebecca Smith Blodget
also The Pennsylvania Working Home for Blind Men (4 Buildings)
Address: 3514-30 Lancaster Avenue, West Philadelphia


Site: The Morse Elevator Company
Nomination/Address: 1101-03 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown, Kensington
Nomination/Address: 1105-09 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown, Kensington
 Nomination/Address: 1111-17 Frankford Avenue , Fishtown, Kensington


Site: Satterlee Heights Development
Nomination/Address: 4300-02 Osage Avenue
Nomination/Address: 4304-06 Osage Avenue
Nomination: Satterlee Heights Historic District
Addresses: 4300-02, 4304-06, 4324-26, & 4328-30 Osage Avenue


Nomination: The King Green House
Address: 5112-14 Germantown Avenue, Germantown
Nomination: Methodist Episcopal Church of the Advocate
Address: 5250 Wayne Avenue, Germantown

Nomination: Engine Company No. 16
Address: 1026-28 Belmont Avenue, West Philadelphia

Site: Thomas Powers Development
Nomination/Address: 4050 Chestnut street, West Philadelphia
Nomination/Address: 4052 Chestnut Street, West Philadelphia
Nomination/Address: 4054 Chestnut Street, West Philadelphia
Nomination/Address: 4056 Chestnut Street, West Philadelphia
Nomination/Address: 3600-30 Lancaster Avenue, West Philadelphia (16 Buildings)
Nomination: The Jonathan Graham House
Address: 5356 Chew Avenue, Germantown
Nomination: St. James Methodist Episcopal Church
Address: 111-201 E. Tabor Road, Olney
Nomination: First Mennonite Church of Philadelphia
Address: 509-13 Diamond Street, North Philadelphia
Nomination: Frankford Avenue Baptist Church
Address: 2437-39 Frankford Avenue, Kensington
Nomination: Monumental Baptist Church
Address: 4101-05 Ludlow Street, West Philadelphia

Nomination: Harbisons’ Dairies
Address: 2041-55 Coral Street, Kensington
Nomination: Weisbrod & Hess’ Loading Room, Condenser & Storage/Boiler/Wash House
Address:  2117 E. York Street, Kensington


Nomination: The Samuel Harting House, Office & Stable
Address: 18-20 E. Johnson, Germantown
Nomination: The Musical Art Club
Address: 1821-27 Ranstead Street
Nomination: The Joseph Paxson Frame Store & Dwelling
Address: 1250 E. Palmer Street, Fishtown, Kensington
Nomination: Esslingers’ Inc.
(including the Dallett Chandlery)
Address: 401-29 N. 10th Street, Callowhill
Nomination: National Security Bank
Address: 714-16 W. Girard Avenue

Nomination: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Germantown
Address: 6671 Germantown Avenue, Beggarstown, Mt. Airy
Building No. 1: Bonded Warehouse of J.A. Dougherty’s Sons Distillery
1132-40 North Front Street, Northern Liberties

Nomination: Second Associate Presbyterian Church
Address: 1523-25 North Front Street
Nomination: John and Mary Sloan House
Address: 1527 North Front Street
Nomination: First African Baptist Church
Address: 1600-06 Christian Street
Nomination: Union Baptist Church
Address: 1910 Fitzwater Street, South Philadelphia

Nomination: St. Jakobus Evangelical Lutheran Church

Address: 1647-57 North 3rd Street

Nomination: the William & Letitia Still House

Address: 625 S. Delhi Street

Nomination: The Lutheran Theological Seminary Historic District (22 Buildings), Mt. Airy


Nomination: Rieger & Gretz’s Tivoli Brewery (aka Rieger & Gretz Brewing Company)

Address: 1524-38 Germantown Avenue

Nomination: The Leibert House, c. 1800-08

Address: 6950 Germantown Avenue (formerly 6926 Germantown Avenue)

Nomination: 2301-03 North Broad Street

Nomination: 2305-07 North Broad Street

Nomination: St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, c. 1910
Address (church/school): 801-15 North 4th Street
Address (rectory) 319 Brown Street
Nomination: 200 S. 12th Street
Nomination: Camac Baths
Address: 204 S. 12th Street


(Alternate Agreement to Preserve)

Nomination: The Otis Elevator Company
Address: 1115-27 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown, Kensington

Preservationist Oscar Beisert, Developer Roland Kassis, and the Fishtown Neighbors Association agreed to withdraw the nomination to execute an agreement to preserve the façade to allow for a more flexible reuse of the building.


(Alternate Agreement to Preserve)

Nomination:  “Genteel Two-Story Stone Dwelling,” c. Late 1700s
Address: 6369 Germantown Avenue, Germantown
Nomination: The Store and Residence of Richard & Sophia Thewlis Bew
Address: 6365-67 Germantown Avenue


(Alternate Agreement to Preserve)

Nomination: The Germantown Boys’ Club
Address: 23 W. Penn Street, Germantown

The agreement between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, the Penn Knox Neighborhood Association, and Oscar Beisert was signed on October 9, 2018.


(Alternate Agreement to Preserve)

Nomination: Tabor Chapel, 1856-57

Address: 1640 Fitzwater Street

Designed by Samuel Sloan


Determined Eligible and Significant by the Committee on Historic Designation and the Philadelphia Historical Commission, but Declined To Designate Due to Special Circumstances.
Nomination: The Jacob Deal Half-Gambrel Frame House (1833)
228 E. Richmond Street, Fishtown, Kensington

Nomination: The Jacob Deal Frame Dwelling (1833)
227 E. Allen Street, Fishtown, Kensington
Nomination: Armour & Company’s Stock Depot
Address: 909-31 Noble Street, Callowhill


(Determined Eligible and Significant by the Committee on Historic Designation)
Nomination: Francis Kelly Waste & Shoddy Manufactory
Address: 1722-40 N. Hancock Street, Kensington
Nomination: Protestant Episcopal Italian Mission & Church of L’Emmanuello
Address: 1020-24 Christian Street


Nomination: The Malcolm X House
Address: 2503 W. Oxford Street

Nomination: Fifth Dutch Reformed Church, Fishtown, c. 1863

Address: 2345-49 Susquehanna Avenue



Nomination: Union Baptist Church (1889)
“The Largest African Baptist Church in America”
“The Girlhood Church of Marian Anderson–Where She Learned to Sing.”
Address: 709 S. 12th Street

Note: Demolished for low rise new construction.


(Neighborhood Opposition)

Nomination: P.E. Church of the Messiah
Address: 2640-42 Huntington Street, Port Richmond


Nomination: Lycoming
Address: 3005 School House Lane