Historic Preservation

  • Vernacular Architecture Forum 2019 Annual Meeting Landscapes of Succession

    The conference is headquartered at The University of Pennsylvania, in the heart of lovely West Philadelphia. The conference opens on Wednesday, May 29th, with a late-afternoon reception, plenary session, and awards ceremony held at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. 

  • The Germantown & Northwest Philadelphia Tour

    The "Seekers, Servants, Grandees, Mechanics" tour traces the route that connected Philadelphia to its most important early satellite “street village,” Germantown. 

  • Darby and Southwest Philadelphia Tour

    The "Villa, Village, Suburb, City" tour travels primarily along Woodland Avenue, starting near University City with one of Philadelphia's earliest suburban developments, Woodland Terrace, and extending as far west as Darby’s Main Street. 

  • Tacony & Northeast Philadelphia

    The Industrial and Residential Landscapes along the Delaware­ River" tour traverses a landscape shaped by shipbuilding and a host of early industries that grew up along the Delaware River. 

Vernacular Architecture Forum: Landscapes of Succession

Wednesday, May 29, 2019Saturday, June 1, 2019
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Meyerson Hall and Architectural Archives
The University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Weitzman School of Design

Explore the successive and overlapping built peripheries of Philadelphia’s core, from the early 18th century to the present, as part of the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s 40th Annual Conference. Through a study of neighborhoods around the city center, we take conference-goers on a journey along the arteries and into the formerly peripheral urban zones that are now incorporated into, and transformed by, surrounding urban fabric. Conference tours investigate the blurred divisions between city and countryside, commercial and residential, and rich and poor neighborhoods--over landscapes shaped by rivers, roads, railways, and interstate highways.

View the Conference Schedule here. For registration, please visit the Vernacular Architecture Forum's website here