Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation alumna Monica Rhodes was recently featured in Essence magazine.

Historic Preservation Lecturer Vincent Feldman's exhibit of photographs, Ours to Lose, was recently reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This summer, alumnus and faculty member David Hollenberg (MArch’75) retires from his role as university architect, a position he has held since 2006. Here, Hollenberg talks to former student and PennPraxis Research Associate Molly Lester (MSHP’12) about his interdisciplinary roots, working on Independence Mall with the National Park Service, three decades of teaching, and more.

Photo: Billy Fleming

In a recent Houston Chronicle opinion editorial, Billy Fleming (PhD'17) and Katie Randall (MSHP'19, MCP'19) argue that climate change is an immediat

Plaza de los Herreros. Photo Source: Dorcas Corchado

Surrounded by four rivers in the Andes Mountains in southern Ecuador lies the World Heritage city of Cuenca. Spanish Colonial and Republican era architecture line the streets of its historic center, dotted with archeological remains of the Cañari and Inca civilizations. It is here, within walking distance of the route that once connected these three cultures, that our team stayed during our week-long studio travel. The opportunity came as part of a collaboration between the Historic Preservation Program and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Housing and Development (MIDUVI), presented in the course on Urban Regeneration in the Americas: Conservation and Development of Urban Historic Sites (HSPV 703-301) led by Professor Eduardo Rojas.

Students listen to an interpretive presentation by park staff in order to better understand the site’s complex history.

Wedged between the edge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains lies the formidable ruins of Fort Union National Monument. A seemingly endless highway whose sole purpose is to connect the fort to the greater world brings visitors to the site, and long before arrival at the park, the adobe ruins appear on the horizon. At this moment it was easy to picture ourselves as setters arriving at the fort along the Santa Fe Trail. Northern New Mexico is a landscape unlike any other and it is certainly a world apart from the urban hustle and bustle of Philadelphia. This year, graduate students from PennDesign’s landscape architecture and historic preservation programs, enrolled in HSPV 747-401 Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites & Landscapes with faculty Frank Matero (HSPV) and Clark Erickson (ANTH), once again took on the complex and layered site of Fort Union National Monument, the third and last year of a multi-year project. 

Frank Matero (center) with researchers at the Gordion Archaeological Project in Yassihoyuk, Turkey.

Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, will receive the 2018 Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award. The Keck award recognizes “a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals,” and will be presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, in Houston, Texas.

Please click here to read more about fall 2018 Historic Preservation courses, including instructors and class meeting patterns.

Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Photo by Mildred Schmertz.030.IV.A.490.8.1.

On April 12, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation hosted a lecture by David Fixler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP.

Two Historic Preservation alumni were honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the new initiative 40 Under 40: People Saving Places.

In an ongoing collaboration, students and faculty from the graduate program in Historic Preservation have teamed up with researchers from the University of Plymouth’s Cornerstone Heritage to examine the architectural history of Powderham Castle in Devon, England.

HSPV alumna Starr Herr-Cardillo (MSHP’17) was recently featured in PennCurrent for her work with the Grave Gardeners program at the Woodlands Cemetery in West Philadelphia.