Historic Preservation

panoramic photograph of students, masked, in a cemetery.

A panorama of socially distanced students at the Woodlands

June Armstrong (HSPV/CPLN ’23) describes the new and unprecedented experience of the Historic Preservation Summer Institute as the 2020 cohort started their Penn careers from the comfort of home.
The National Park Service and  Preservation Maryland logos

Sara Stratte (MSHP '18) received a $5,000 grant to pursue a unique self-directed project under the guidance of a mentor, Stratte will research non-destructive technology to document seismic damage on historic adobe.

Sara Stratte (MSHP '18) received a $5,000 grant to pursue a unique self-directed project under the guidance of a mentor, Stratte will research non-destructive technology to document seismic damage on historic adobe.
Black and white photo of an ocean coast with a sculpture of a man in the waves

Antony Gormley sculpture, “Another Place,” on Crosby Beach, Merseyside, at high tide. (Peter Williams, Historic England)

In an essay from the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation’s Change Over Time journal, Meredith Wiggins, senior environmental analyst at Historic England, describes the importance of heritage to understanding how climate gentrification and heritage are inextricably linked, and outlines the importance of heritage to understanding how climate gentrification will shape landscapes, cities and neighborhoods in the future.
View of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument from across the Potomac River
A team of researchers under the leadership of Associate Professor Randall F. Mason is preparing to create a cultural landscape inventory at the Lincoln Memorial. It’s the latest in a series of cultural landscape projects commissioned from PennPraxis, the consulting and community engagement arm of the School, by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.
From left to right: architect Chris Mulford (ARCH '16), historic preservationist Maya Thomas (MSHP '16), and preservation archit

Photo by Ryan Collerd for PlanPhilly

Maya Thomas (MSHP '16) and her colleagues, Dana Rice (MSHP/ARCH '16) and Chris Mulford (ARCH '16), bill themselves as Dox Thrash House Project. Rice describes the entity as an “informal preservation group” that has tasked itself with the dual goal of keeping the house standing and seeing that it is eventually put back in service to the Sharswood community.
We must resist the urge to render recent events to yet another episode of repeated history, and to do what is now needed in this moment of intense racial trauma: to confront injustice, learn from it, and work together for systemic reform.  To that end, the Preservation Program at Weitzman Design is committed to do the following. 
The Weitzman School is launching a new initiative to advance the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage sites relating to African American struggles for equality, from before the passage of the 14th Amendment to the present day. Led by Randall Mason, assocciate professor in the graduate program in historic preservation, CPRCS will draw on the expertise of the National Trust for Preservation's Brent Leggs, in the role of senior advisor and adjunct associate professor.
A black tarp covers a pedestal surrounded by CAUTION tape
From the statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia, to those of Albert Pike in DC and Frank Rizzo in Philadelphia, memorials are coming down.
A message from Professor Frank Matero, chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.
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The Penn Weitzman Alumni Association announces new board president and vice-president. Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16) will be the new president and Suzanne Mahoney (MCP’14, MLA’14) will be the new vice-president.
Bird's eye view of people seated at six round tables in discussion
Following a successful fundraising campaign, this summer, over 80 students and 30 faculty members representing almost every Weitzman program—including architecture, environmental building design, landscape architecture, city planning, urban spatial analytics, fine arts, preservation, and Integrated Product Design—and several labs are working on projects that are led by PennPraxis or led by faculty and supported by PennPraxis.
City hall covered in graffiti

Photo by Bradley Maule for PlanPhilly

An essay by Starr Herr-Cardillo (MSHP '17) and Research Associate for the Weitzman School of Design department of Historic Preservation: "As someone working in the field of historic preservation, I’m used to seeing—and am occasionally criticized for—posts that overemphasize buildings, affirming their importance, mourning their ongoing or imminent destruction. Windows were smashed, walls were tagged, and structures were burned this weekend, but this moment is not about buildings. Damage to buildings is repairable, the murder and psychological torment inflicted by police brutality is not."   

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