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“A guardian angel fighting for the soul of Philadelphia”

Philadelphia City Hall

Many cities and towns count early advocates toiling alone as a key stepping stone in the fledgling US preservation movement in the mid-20th century. Once the banner was raised, the bulldozers were stopped in their paths of destruction, and like-minded souls joined the effort, non-profit organizations dedicated to guide the preservation movement forward were formed. Eventually, preservation-related laws, regulations, agencies and commissions were added to the mix. Now well into the 21st century, how is it that a sole preservation advocate in such an historic city as Philadelphia continue to have such an impact?


Oscar Beisert’s Quest to Save Philadelphia History By Malcolm Burnley

Philly Magazine

August 13, 2016

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