Historic Preservation

Please click here to read more about fall 2018 Historic Preservation courses, including instructors and class meeting patterns.
David Hollenberg
This summer, alumnus and faculty member David Hollenberg (MArch’75) retires from his role as university architect, a position he has held since 2006. Here, Hollenberg talks to former student and PennPraxis Research Associate Molly Lester (MSHP’12) about his interdisciplinary roots, working on Independence Mall with the National Park Service, three decades of teaching, and more.
Housing by the ocean

Photo: Billy Fleming

In a recent Houston Chronicle opinion editorial, Billy Fleming (PhD'17) and Katie Randall (MSHP'19, MCP'19) argue that climate change is an immediat
Plaza de los Herreros. Photo Source: Dorcas Corchado

Plaza de los Herreros. Photo Source: Dorcas Corchado

Surrounded by four rivers in the Andes Mountains in southern Ecuador lies the World Heritage city of Cuenca. Spanish Colonial and Republican era architecture line the streets of its historic center, dotted with archeological remains of the Cañari and Inca civilizations. It is here, within walking distance of the route that once connected these three cultures, that our team stayed during our week-long studio travel. The opportunity came as part of a collaboration between the Historic Preservation Program and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Housing and Development (MIDUVI), presented in the course on Urban Regeneration in the Americas: Conservation and Development of Urban Historic Sites (HSPV 703-301) led by Professor Eduardo Rojas.
Students listen to an interpretive presentation by park staff in order to better understand the site’s complex history.

Students listen to an interpretive presentation by park staff in order to better understand the site’s complex history.

Wedged between the edge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains lies the formidable ruins of Fort Union National Monument. A seemingly endless highway whose sole purpose is to connect the fort to the greater world brings visitors to the site, and long before arrival at the park, the adobe ruins appear on the horizon. At this moment it was easy to picture ourselves as setters arriving at the fort along the Santa Fe Trail. Northern New Mexico is a landscape unlike any other and it is certainly a world apart from the urban hustle and bustle of Philadelphia. This year, graduate students from PennDesign’s landscape architecture and historic preservation programs, enrolled in HSPV 747-401 Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites & Landscapes with faculty Frank Matero (HSPV) and Clark Erickson (ANTH), once again took on the complex and layered site of Fort Union National Monument, the third and last year of a multi-year project. 
Low-rise lilong houses in the shadow of newer high rises.

Low-rise lilong houses in the shadow of newer high rises.

Historic Preservation Lecturer Donovan Rypkema was recently interviewed by the South China Morning Post on the economics of heritage conservation in Shanghai, China.
PennDesign’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony, Irvine Auditorium
“As PennDesign alumni, you assume new responsibility, and unsurpassed opportunity, to shape our future," Dean Fritz Steiner told the graduating class. The commencement speech was delivered by Oberlin College Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David W. Orr. Billie Faircloth, a partner at KieranTimberlake, spoke at the awards ceremony. 
Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Photo by Mildred Schmertz.030.IV.A.490.8.1.

Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Photo by Mildred Schmertz.030.IV.A.490.8.1.

On April 12, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation hosted a lecture by David Fixler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP.
Poster for "Forty People under Forty"
Two Historic Preservation alumni were honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the new initiative 40 Under 40: People Saving Places.
Powderham Castle
In an ongoing collaboration, students and faculty from the graduate program in Historic Preservation have teamed up with researchers from the University of Plymouth’s Cornerstone Heritage to examine the architectural history of Powderham Castle in Devon, England.
Starr Herr-Cardillo
HSPV alumna Starr Herr-Cardillo (MSHP’17) was recently featured in PennCurrent for her work with the Grave Gardeners program at the Woodlands Cemetery in West Philadelphia.
Columbus Monument, Columbus Circle, New York City
After a tumultuous year of public debate about monuments and memorials, New York City recently released the findings of its Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers. Among the voices on the Commission was PennDesign alumna Amy Freitag (MLA’94, MSHP’94), who is the executive director of the JM Kaplan Fund. Freitag and the other members of the commission were charged with developing recommendations for how the City of New York should address city-owned monuments and markers on city property, “particularly those that are subject to sustained negative public reaction or may be viewed as inconsistent with the values of New York City”—namely, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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