learn about our history

About the Association

who we are

The Allentown Association traces its roots to the founding of the North Street Association in 1960, which sought to create an appreciation among neighborhood residents for the architectural treasures that exist on every Allentown street. The organization grew quickly to encompass the entire neighborhood and was incorporated in 1963 as the Allentown Association, Inc.

What We Do

Over the years, the Association’s activities on behalf of the neighborhood have varied due to changing circumstances. At times, it has stressed cultural and social activities; at times it has acted as a conduit for low-interest public loans to property owners, other times it has purchased and renovated historic properties. Always it has been a forceful advocate of historic preservation and a vigorous voice for the neighborhood’s interests in the arenas of political power, economic influence and quality of life.

Our Mission

The only purpose of the Allentown Association is to serve its community. It does that through efforts to beautify the neighborhood; to encourage historic preservation and property maintenance; to promote appropriate business development, to fight crime, and to protect and enhance Allentown’s unique urban ambiance.

Board of Directors

Allentown Association 2022 – 2023 Board of Directors


Patty Macdonald


Tim Ashton


Anne Noble


Rachel Mitchell-Spade

Board Member, Chair, First Friday

Mickey Harmon

Board Member

Charlie Goldman

Board Member

John Santomieri

Board Member

Nancy Somit

Board Member

Giovanni Centurione

Ex Officio

Chair, Beautification

Seth Amman

Pete Carroll

Allen West Committee

Gretchan Grobe

Elizabeth Licata

Christopher Poole

Chair, Communication

Jonathan White