Fleisher Art Memorial is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free or low-cost arts education to Philadelphians of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience. Established as the Graphic Sketch Club in 1898 by Philadelphian Samuel Fleisher, the institution grew steadily. In 1922, Fleisher purchased the Church of the Evangelists (constructed 1886-86) on Catharine Street, establishing the core of the Fleisher Art Memorial's modern campus.
In 2003 The Preservation Program from the University of Pennsylvania and the Architecture Program from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in San Juan Puerto Rico collaborated on a conservation project in an effort to develop a conservation plan for the Capilla Del Santo Cristo, a small chapel built into the walls of historic old San Juan.
Tacony's Company Town is a place made significant by the relationships that exist between memory, present community, and future revitalization. The purpose of this studio is to identify and develop a cohesive preservation plan to meet the historical, cultural, and economic needs of Disston. Much of the historic fabric survives from the commercial, residential, institutional, open space, and industrial components of Henry Disston's 19th and 20th century company town.
West Powelton is a neighborhood at a tipping point. Once a vibrant retail corridor and residential neighborhood along Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia that boomed with the introduction of the electrified trolley car line in the late 1800s, the neighborhood was hit hard by economic downturn and the social and political tensions of the mid- to late- 20th century.