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Black Doctors Row/Christian Street Historic District

What is it?

As part of South of South Neighborhood Association's Preservation Action Plan, SOSNA has partnered with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson to nominate Black Doctors Row/Christian Street Historic District to the Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC).

The proposed historic district spans a six-block stretch of Christian Street, running from the first street addresses west of South Broad Street (1412 Christian St. on the south side, and 1419 Christian St. on the north side) to 20th Street.


The District has...

  • significant character, interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of the City, Commonwealth or Nation or is associated with the life of a person significant in the past and 

  • reflects the environment in an era characterized by a distinctive architectural style (between 1910-1945).

How can I learn more?


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You can watch the recording of our July 2021 General Meeting where we presented some of the historic findings (starts at 21:49).


You can read the historic nomination documentation and supporting material for the PHC Historic District application.

You're welcome to review the entire document but recommend starting at State of Significance (section 6, p. 205) and the biographies following it. These sections explains the reasons why we think the Historic district ought to be created.

Historic District FAQs

We've put together some frequently asked questions concerning historic designation and home ownership in an historically designated neighborhood. If you do not find the answer you are looking for below, please feel free to write to the board of the South of South Neighborhood Association at

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