Center City’s Iconic Roundhouse Building Nears Historic Preservation Status

Philadelphia Police Department's Roundhouse headquarters
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Philadelphia’s former police headquarters of nearly 60 years, better known as the Roundhouse, is now just one step away from historic preservation.

The Roundhouse at 7th and Race Street in Center City East, a building that served as the Philadelphia Police Department’s headquarters for almost six decades, is one step closer to becoming a preserved historic site, writes Maggie Mancini for the Philly Voice.

The Committee on Historic Designation, which is part of the city’s Historical Commission, has approved the nomination for the curvy mid-century building to be included in the Register of Historic Places.

The committee heard from preservation activists about redeveloping the building before it unanimously recommended that it be added to the Register of Historic Places. The commission will hold the final vote about designating the property at its October 13 meeting.

In case of a “yes” vote, the structure would be placed under the commission’s protection and could not be demolished without its approval. The commission would be tasked with reviewing all proposals that would include changes to its appearance, including for development.

The building was nominated by Docomomo U.S. and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

“I think (the nomination) certainly makes the case for an important building, but it also sums up the conversations and debates around the building which I think warrant its preservation,” said Elizabeth Milroy, a committee member.

Read more about the Roundhouse in the Philly Voice.

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