Our places matter.

The built landscape of Erie and northwest Pennsylvania is a tangible expression of our richly layered social, cultural, and industrial history. Along with the natural landscape, it's the built environment that shapes our collective regional identity and sense of place.

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Lawrence Park Historic District National Register Nomination

Lawrence Park Historic District National Register Nomination

The Lawrence Park Historical Society, with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, have contracted with the historic preservation consulting firm Naylor Wellman, LLC for the creation of a National Register Historic District for Lawrence Park. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties recognized by the federal government as worthy of preservation for local, state, or national significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.
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Public input sought for draft of Erie County Cultural Heritage Plan

Public input sought for draft of Erie County Cultural Heritage Plan

The Erie County Department of Planning is seeking public comment on Erie County’s draft Cultural Heritage Plan, which will guide efforts to help preserve priority cultural and historic assets over the next five to seven years. The draft plan can be viewed online at www.eriecountypa.gov. A public meeting will be held Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Admiral Room at Blasco Library, 160 E. Front Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to solicit public feedback on the plan’s content and its proposed action plan for implementation. Those interested in Erie County’s culture, history, historic preservation or community revitalization are encouraged to attend.
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Proposed ordinance could protect historic properties

Proposed ordinance could protect historic properties

Preservation Erie, Erie City Council and the Erie County Historical Society believe that Erie’s continued loss of historic properties adversely affect Erie’s neighborhoods and the overall health of our community. Presently, we're jointly working on a proposed Demolition Delay Ordinance. Effective demolition delay ordinances clearly define what buildings are covered by the delay, do not postpone demolition indefinitely but establish a time frame in which an alternative to demolition can be identified, provide for strong penalties if the ordinance is violated, and identify an organization or individual in the community willing to work on finding viable alternatives to demolition.
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Taking stock of our treasures, one historic building at a time

Taking stock of our treasures, one historic building at a time

Thanks to generous support from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, The Erie Community Foundation, the Perry 200 Commission, and individuals, Preservation Erie completed an unprecedented county-wide inventory of historic resources. Between December 2013 and May 2015, the consulting firm of Wise Preservation Planning identified, documented and mapped all historic resources and historic districts that are individually listed on, determined to be eligible for, or appear to be eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.
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