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 is the built environment that shapes our collective regional identity and sense of place.

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Nominations sought for 2021 Endangered Properties List

Nominations sought for 2021 Endangered Properties List

If you know a property that is facing the threat of demolition, physical deterioration, inappropriate alteration, or a compromised setting due to development pressure, vacancy or abandonment, a depressed local economy or limited interest/financial capacity of property owners, please consider nominating it to Erie County’s Endangered Properties List. Nominations can be submitted using the form on our website. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis, but the deadline to nominate a property for the 2021 list is March 26th, 2021.
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Girard to pursue National Register listing

Girard to pursue National Register listing

Girard Borough has begun a multi-year planning and historic preservation effort for downtown Girard that will include the development and adoption of a Master Plan and completion of a National Register of Historic Places nomination for a Downtown Historic District. The objective of this effort is to develop a plan to leverage the unique assets of downtown Girard in a manner that revitalizes the Borough’s central business district. Funding for the project has been secured through grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.
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A Shared Heritage goes live

A Shared Heritage goes live

As the national reckoning with historic, systemic racism continues to unfold, a local community history project long in the making is poised to shine a light on the rich heritage of African Americans right here in our own backyard. The centerpiece of A Shared Heritage is a walking and driving tour of 29 significant sites of African American history encompassing the entire county—from the Bladen Road area in Millcreek, a landscape reflecting the presence of slavery in the region, to multiple locations representing the storied history of the Underground Railroad, to sites embodying the modern era and the ongoing struggle for civil rights.
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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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