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Drexel Professor Richardson Dilworth Appointed to Philadelphias Historical Commission

January 29, 2008

Dr. Richardson Dilworth, assistant professor of history and politics at Drexel University, is among eight appointees to Philadelphia’s Historical Commission, Mayor Michael Nutter announced today.

Dilworth is grandson of the late Philadelphia Mayor Richardson Dilworth (1956 to 1962).

“Philadelphia is the historical capital of the United States,” Mayor Nutter said in a news release. “Our unique historic character is central to our identity, our quality of life and neighborhood experience and ultimately to the city’s economic development. Preservation will be an integrated component of planning and development.”

The Historical Commission is composed of 14 members: eight mayoral appointees and six ex-officio members. The eight appointees must include one architect with experience in the field of historical preservation, one historian, one architectural historical, one real estate developer, one representative of a community development corporation and one representative of a community organization. These members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.

The Commission reviews building and demolition permit applications and determines whether a given building, structure, site or district is historic. “As Philadelphia grows and changes, we must take the necessary steps to ensure that we bring our past into the future with us, wherever possible and appropriate,” Nutter said.

Dilworth is author of “The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy” (Harvard University Press, 2005) and editor of “Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia” (Temple University Press, 2006).


News media contact: Brian Rossiter, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or

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