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.
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Teaching assistant Agatha Sloboda lectures at 600 block of Kater Street. Photo courtesy Ying Wang

Professor Francesca Ammon and Kecia Fong’s Documentation, Research, Recor
Headshot of Elise Vider smiling
Elise Vider (MSHP'91), a journalist and founding member of Design Advocacy Group, passed away on October 2. She is remembered for a decades-long career in advocacy for the built environment.
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.
Group of people in yellow vests at cemetery

Professor Roy Ingraffia leading students in a working session at West Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Receiving Vaults. (Photo Credit: Alison Cavicchio)

Students in Professor Roy Ingraffia’s Masonry Conservation Seminar (HSPV 739) have been busy this semester with a variety of workshops and a semester long project at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Four members of PPSA sitting and smiling on the steps of Fisher

WHO is PPSA? From left to right: Arden Jordan (MSHP'22), Public History; Caitlin Livesey (MSHP'22), Conservation; Dan Mangano (MSHP'23), Design; Ali Cavicchio (MSHP'22), Conservation

Our goal this year is to make up for lost time during the pandemic, this includes getting to know each other better and making sure that Historic Preservation students have a voice within STUCO and the school of design.
Students stand in shady grass area, one of them holding binoculars

Historic Preservation students, left to right: José Hernández (MSHP'22), Cameron Moon (MSHP'23), Drew McMillian (MSD'22), and Danele Alampay (MSHP'23)

Professor Michael Henry’s Building Diagnostics and Monitoring class (HSPV 552) visited the Wha

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