Historic Preservation

waterway with bridge and city in the background, featuring Washington DC flag

Image 1: Student interns work on documentation of the historic Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal. Photo: Molly Lester

The Urban Heritage Project and the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites, two research initiatives led by
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As an educator and conservation practitioner, Frank Matero has shaped global discourse and practice in architectural conservation for over 35 years. Thanks to a gift from Dawn (MSHP’94), and Brian Gonick (W’86), Matero has reached a new landmark as he assumes the first endowed professorship in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, the first named full professorship created at the School since 2006.
Cover of Change Over Time issue
Change Over Time is a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal of the history, theory, and praxis of conservation and the built environment. Published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, the journal is edited by Professor Frank Matero and Lecturer Kecia Fong both of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. The latest issue 10.2 Integrity provides a valuable contribution to critiques of “integrity,” one of the central constructs of the conservation field. The authors in this issue raise questions about how we might differently perceive and engage with this core concept from legal, methodological, interpretive, ethical, and design perspectives. Each article examines how definitions of integrity impact access to our shared heritage from the physical and socio-political framings of integrity at Hono’uli’uli National Historic Site in Hawai’i to the legal contours of integrity that are central to protection and designation processes. In “Integrity as a Legal Concept,” Professor Sarah C. Bronin of the College of Architecture, Art, & Planning at Cornell University, explores the definitions and interpretations of integrity that are integral to binding judgments in the public and private realms. In the following excerpt, Bronin considers laws imposing obligations on public actors.
View of Lincoln Memorial across water

Photo Randall Mason

The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most recognized sites in the United States, and the opportunity to work on it “as good as it gets when you go into preservation and architectural history,” says Molly Lester, associate director of
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Holy Apostles and the Mediator Episcopal Church (HAME). Photo by Ying Wang.

The first-year historic preservation students have conducted fieldwork for the HSPV 601 Documentation class at Holy Apostles and the Mediator Episcopal Church (HAME). The fieldwork is divided between a series of exercises and a final project.
Sarah Lopez
Weitzman welcomes built environment historian and migration scholar Sarah Lopez to the standing faculty in the Department of City and Regional Planning, and she will also teach in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.
Amber Wiley

Photo Emily Orr

Amber Wiley, an award-winning architectural and urban historian whose teaching and research center on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities, will join the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design as Presidential Associate Professor and the inaug
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Photo credit: Hugh Loomis

The first days of June, the Weitzman School was one of three host sponsors for the 2022 Docomomo US National Symposium, marking the return of this annual event to an in-person program. “Yo! Modernism! The View from Philadelphia,” as this year’s program was called, attracted a diverse audience of scholars, students, professionals and community members under the umbrella of documenting and conserving the heritage of the Modern Movement. 
portrait of Monica Rhodes in front of national Capitol
Last month, the American Academy in Rome awarded Weitzman alum Monica Rhodes (MSHP’12) the prestigious and highly competitive Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize in historic preservation and conservation.
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Image 1: Pier Luigi Nervi's Turin Exhibition Hall. Photo courtesy Matteini.

In this Preservation Roundtable, Frank Matero, Professor and Chair of the Stuart Weitzman Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, moderates a discussion on the opportunities and challenge
Building rubble piled up on a vacant city lot between two historic buildings

Photo David C. Elkinton/National Park Service

When renowned Philadelphia city planner Edmund Bacon described the city’s urban renewal program as “changing the face of the city,” he–perhaps unintentionally–alluded to the human cost of these processes.
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Left: J. T. Bowen after J. C. Wild. Fairmount, 1838.  Lithograph.  Library Company of Philadelphia. Right: Benjamin W. Kilburn, In the New Park. Circa 1870. Stereoview. Private Collection.

The Weitzman Graduate Program in Historic Preservation’s Public History of the Built Environment concentration prepares students to put the study of urban and architectu