Historic Preservation

Four members of PPSA sitting and smiling on the steps of Fisher

WHO is PPSA? From left to right: Arden Jordan (MSHP'22), Public History; Caitlin Livesey (MSHP'22), Conservation; Dan Mangano (MSHP'23), Design; Ali Cavicchio (MSHP'22), Conservation

Our goal this year is to make up for lost time during the pandemic, this includes getting to know each other better and making sure that Historic Preservation students have a voice within STUCO and the school of design.
Students stand in shady grass area, one of them holding binoculars

Historic Preservation students, left to right: José Hernández (MSHP'22), Cameron Moon (MSHP'23), Drew McMillian (MSD'22), and Danele Alampay (MSHP'23)

Professor Michael Henry’s Building Diagnostics and Monitoring class (HSPV 552) visited the Wha
Two photos side by side: Ali Cavicchio in the field and Ying Wang in front of a big arched door

Ali Cavicchio (MSHP '22, left) and Ying Wang (MSHP '23, right) will update the Program's blog with news from students, faculty, alumni, events, site visits, and more.


The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation would like to introduce the new Student Communications Assistants, Ali Cavicchio (MSHP '22) and Ying Wang (MSPH '23).
Students gather for lecture in lush green cemetery

John Carr lectures during tour of Old Swedes Cemetery. Photo courtesy Kecia Fong.

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation greeted its incoming students—live and in person—at the Summer Institute, a two-week program filled to the brim with lectures, site visits, and walking tours.
Birdseye view of grassy site with red-roofed L-shaped structure

Photo Kwesi Daniels

Launched last fall, Weitzman’s Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights sites is fostering new and ongoing partnerships while preserving the legacy of civil rights in the U.S.
Grand interior space of an old building with elaborate metal staircase
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia announced its 2021 Preservation Achievement Awards for exemplary historic preservation projects. Many Weitzman alums had a role in the list of 24 projects that received Grand Jury Awards. The awarded projects range from the refurbishment of the industrial Huntingdon Mills building into housing for workers in the health and human services field, to the conservation of the tympanum panel on the pediment of the First Bank of the United States, to the restoration of the soaring interior of The Bourse.
Headshot of Elise Vider smiling
Elise Vider (MSHP'91), a journalist and founding member of Design Advocacy Group, passed away on October 2. She is remembered for a decades-long career in advocacy for the built environment.
 Workers in hard hats operate machinery at a stone temple

Photo: Lynn Meskell

In a new course for students at Weitzman and across the University, celebrated archeologist Lynn Meskell—who was appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor and the Richard D. Green University Professor in 2020—is deepening the investigations she documented in her award-winning book A Future in Ruins: UNESCO, World Heritage, and the Dream of Peace.
Weathered single-story white wood-sided structure with red roof in a wooded setting

Photo: Sarah Lerner for CPCRS

The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) at Weitzman and the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University have each received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build capacity among Black-led institutions to reimagine, redesign, and redeploy historic preservation to address the needs of the historical places, organizations, and communities devoted to the legacy of civil rights. The initiative entails training the next generation of preservation professionals to take on the cultural and technical work needed to redress the imbalances in what heritage places get preserved and conduct research into best practices in all areas of historic preservation work.
A cluster of red earthen structures under expanse of blue sky in the desert

Photo: National Park Service

The Center for Architectural Conservation at Weitzman has received a $1.3 million grant from Getty to develop a conservation and management plan and professional training program for Wupatki National Monument in Arizona. Wupatki National Monument and its sister Monuments, Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater Volcano, are unique in North America for their exceptionally well-preserved archeological record, their geographical diversity, and their ancestral significance to Northern Arizona American Indian communities. As part of its engagement at Wupatki, the Penn team and partners will also expand professional training, cultural heritage education, and career discovery opportunities for Native youth focused on the conservation of American Indian ancestral sites.
Portrait of Erin Tobin in front of nature trail

Photo by Jayana LaFotos, courtesy of Erin Tobin.

Erin Tobin, alumna of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, has been named the new Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH).
South facade of the Pennsylvania Hospital's Pine Street building

Courtesy Penn Medicine

Pennsylvania Hospital has been in continuous operation at the current site in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood since 1755. Recently, the hospital commissioned a Conversation Management Plan from the Center for Architectural Conservation to help guide planning and upgrades for the Pine Street building, grounds and collections; it's being developed by Kecia Fong (MSHP‘99), a lecturer in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and Starr Herr-Cardillo (MSHP‘17).