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Colonial Germantown Inc. records


Held at: Germantown Historical Society [Contact Us]5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144

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"Formed in 1956 for the purpose of restoring Market Square and its historic buildings, Colonial Germantown Inc. took on a broadened membership and scope in 1962 to spearhead the Germantown renewal effort. Stated in its simplest form, [its] objective [was] to make of Germantown an upgraded community of houses, apartments, businesses, industry, and institutions which [would] be second to none in the metropolitan area. Underlying this practical program [were] the principles of preserving our historic heritage and encouraging attractive, modern development. To realize these objectives, the Corporation's role [was] to initiate the necessary public and private programs, to be of assistance in the development and planning of these programs, and to do all within its power to see that these measures [were] actually carried out." (Colonial Germantown Inc.)

In the face of financial insolvency, Colonial Germantown Inc. held its last formal meeting in 1975.


Colonial Germantown Inc. "Origins, Purposes, and Operations of Colonial Germantown Inc." Document found in collection.

Contosta, David R. "Philadelphia's 'Miniature Williamsburg': The Colonial Revival and Germantown's Market Square." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 120, No. 4 (Oct., 1996), pp. 283-320.

This collection contains administrative and financial records of Colonial Germantown Inc. The administrative records include Board and Executive Committee meeting minutes, correspondence with corporate subscribers, reports, and restoration plans and specifications. The financial records include expense reports, cancelled checks, and tax returns. There are also subject files on pertinent agencies and organizations, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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