Washington Square West Civic Association Preservation Task Force

Help Fund the Historic Preservation Nomination Effort

An essential part of WSW’s character and sense of community is its history. One way of acknowledging this history is by preserving historic buildings and structures. We have an opportunity to add structures representing vital aspects of our history and community, including the African American roots of the neighborhood and the fundamental contribution to the social tissue and make-up of our neighborhood by the LGBTQ+ community. 

With over 50% of buildings in the neighborhood already being individually historically designated, we simply need to update the nomination. To accomplish this, we need to raise $13,500. Can we count on you?

Read more about the effort in our Appeal.

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Mission Statement:

The task force goal is to explore, learn and communicate the preservation challenges, needs, and venues available to organizations like ours to promote the preservation of properties with historical value and WSW’s historic character. The task force meets with community members, city officials, and experts to learn and explore options available to organizations like ours and frame the issues and options for the board to discuss matters in a structured and productive manner.

The task force intends to develop, categorize, catalog, and maintain a comprehensive inventory of historic buildings and locations in the Washington Square West community for the express purpose of documenting and acknowledging their existence, their significance as a historic place, and their present state of preservation, or the lack thereof.

Interested in exploring what’s already historically registered? Click here to check out the map! 
March 14, 2022 Recording
Fun Fact:

The name “Washington Square West” came into official use in the late 1950s and early 1960s as part of Edmund Bacons comprehensive plan for Center City.

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