Historic Preservation

Large arched white dome building with ornamental ceiling

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.
photo collage images of Fairmount park

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
Two people look down on house from a platform at the top of the shelter overtop

Image courtesy National Trust for Scotland.

The Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece on the west coast of Scotland, was “dissolving like an aspirin in water." Part of the reason for that is the home, considered "scandalously modern" when it was built in 1902-4, was also highly experimental in form and mate
Robin Beckett
Over Winter Break, the Weitzman community lost longtime supporter and member of the Board of Advisors Robin Beckett. Here, Randy Mason, professor in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, reflects on her  contributions to Penn.
Portrait of Aaron in blue shirt standing next to a tree

Photo by Emily Orr, humanities fellow at Dumbarton Oaks.

Aaron Wunsch, Associate Professor in Historic Preservation, is spending his Fall 2021 sabbatical as a fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.
exterior of church

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.
photo collage of participant headshots and historic buildings

Clockwise from top left: Aaron Wunsch (photo credit: Dumbarton Oaks/Emily Orr); Laura Keim; The Lazaretto (photo credit The Philadelphia Inquirer/Jose F. Moreno); David Barnes; LiLy Milroy; Stenton (photo credit: Visit Philadelphia).

The Weitzman Graduate Program in Historic Preservation’s Public History of the Built Environment concentration prepares students to put the study of urban and architectural histor
Indian stepwell with levels of sculptural panels

The Rani-ki-Vav UNESCO World Heritage site in Gujarat, India. Meskell has done fieldwork here and at many other such places, as part of her research on heritage and human rights. (Image: Courtesy of Lynn Meskell)

For as long as she’s been an archaeologist, Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor Lynn Meskell has studied the
historical marker at robeson house
Students in Professor Pamela Hawkes’ studio worked on a Preservation Plan for the Paul Robeson House and Museum, located at 4951 Walnut Street in West Philadelphia.
Change Over Time is a semiannual journal of the history, theory, and praxis of conservation and the built environment based at the Weitzman School and edited by Frank Matero, professor and chair of historic preservation, and Kecia L. Fong (MSHP‘99), managing editor and lecturer.