Historic Preservation

Multicolor mural depicting a smiling woman holding animated figures

Photo Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress, LC-DIGhighsm-21891,

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that helped jumpstart the gay-rights movement in the United States, Change Over Time published an issue dedicated to LGBTQ heritage in which public historian Susan Ferentinos presents a way of “categorizing the LGBTQ historical landscape,” from sites of support and social life to sites of protest and political organizing, LGBTQ businesses and organizations, sites of spirituality, sites of persecution and violence, sites of separatism, and sites of art and architecture. 

Man restoring detail on stone carving on building

Photo courtesy of Eric J. Nordstrom of Urban Remains Chicago

Roy Ingraffia, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation lecturer alum works with the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers' (BAC) Administrative District Cou

A bronze bust of Stuart Weitzman is unveiled by Dean Fritz Steiner (left) and President Amy Gutmann, while Weitzman (right) looks on during the Stuart Weitzman School of Design naming celebration.

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Designer and footwear industry icon Stuart Weitzman was honored in a ceremony Thursday celebrating the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza. President Amy Gutmann thanked Weitzman for a “lifetime of engagement with Penn,” saying he “believes in the power of design to immeasurably improve the human experience.” 

Buildings From Different Eras with signs showing the year built

Adams House, encompassing buildings ranging from Colonial America to Harvard’s Depression-era creation of the House system (and trisected by city streets), poses design and construction challenges. Courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle

Nate Rogers (MArch’11, MSHP’11) is a Senior Associate Architect at Beyer, Blinder and Belle working on the renovations at Harvard University’s historic Adams House.

Stuart Weitzman giving the 2019 Commencement Address

Joining the students, guests, and faculty gathered at Irvine Auditorium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony was Stuart Weitzman, the award-winning designer for whom the School of Design was named in late February, and the evening’s featured speaker.

Faculty members Franceca Russello Ammon, Matt Freedman, and Jacob Rivkin

Francesca Russello Ammon, associate professor of historic preservation and city and regional planning; Matt Freedman, lecturer in fine arts; and Jacob Rivkin, lecturer in fine arts, have received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2018-2019.

Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico

Long rectangular voids in the adobe walls once served as doors and windows. Now there are no roofs, there is no shelter, these ruins are exposed to the elements all around them. Photo Courtesy of Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki. 

Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, PhD Fellow & Research Associate at the Center for Architectural Conservation uses new RFID (radio frequency id

The Gonicks and two Weitzman faculty are gathered around a table with archival documents

Over the course of almost thirty years, Frank Matero, professor and chair of historic preservation at the Weitzman School, has built the Center for Architectural Conservation (CAC) at Penn into a leading research and training facility for young

Miller House and Garden, Columbus, Indiana.

Photo courtesy of Newfields.

The Miller House and Garden is considered one of the finest examples of Modernist domestic design—a midcentury masterpiece in Columbus, Indiana, brought to life by a trio of renowned designers at the top of their fields. A PennPraxis team will help to chart the future course of that work.

Archival Photograph of the Mancos Common Press

Image from San Juan’s Skyway Magazine Summer/Fall 2019. 

A door to the past was uncovered by Frank Matero, professor of Architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and

George Nakashima's Arts Building

Since 1992, Holly Boyer-Manders has been an architect in New Jersey. She’s worked on dozens of historically designated projects, including two national historic landmarks, and she’s worked on several award-winning preservation projects.

David Hollenberg (MArch’75), adjunct professor of historic preservation and former university architect at Penn

David Hollenberg has dedicated his entire professional career to preserving Philadelphia’s rich architectural heritage, supporting organizations with the same mission, and training the next generation of architects. 

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that David Hollenberg (MArch’75), adjunct professor of historic preservation and former university architect at Penn, is the recipient