Historic Preservation

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."   
Liberty Bell Pavilion looking towards Independence Hall

The Mitchell/Giurgola Liberty Bell Pavilion, Exterior View, no date

Photo credit: the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is featuring 31 historic preservation leaders in Philadelphia and the local buildings that have inspire
Schuylkill River Park

Schuylkill River Park

Photo credit: Randall Mason

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is featuring 31 historic preservation leaders in Philadelphia and the local buildings that have inspired them.
19th Street Baptist Church in 2011

19th Street Baptist Church in 2011

Photo Credit: Peter Woodall, Hidden City 

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is featuring 31 historic preservation leaders in Philadelphia and the local buildings that have inspired them.
Professor Francesca Russello Ammon leans against a brick rowhouse

Professor Francesca Russello Ammon

Photo Credit: Eric Sucar, University of Pennsylvania Communications

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia will be featuring 31 historic preservation leaders in Philadelphia and the local buildings that have inspired them.&nb
Historic building seen at night
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia announced its 2020 Preservation Achievement Awards for exemplary historic preservation projects. Many Weitzman alums had a role in the list of 22 projects that received Grand Jury Awards.  In addition, Sara Jane (Sally) Elk (MSHP’85) is the recipient of the James Biddle Award for lifetime achievement in historic preservation. Elk is the longtime president and CEO of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc.
Young man standing acoss a table from a professional woman
As students and recent alums are confronted by uncertainties in the job market due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Weitzman School has expanded its professional development and career services initiatives, while taking them online. “It is critical, to me, that people stay engaged. There is so much that needs to be done, and this brain trust cannot be lost,” says Lucinda Sanders, the CEO of OLIN and an adjunct professor of landscape architecture.
A view of the "ghost structure" of Benjamin Franklin's house in Franklin's Court

A view of the "ghost structure" of Benjamin Franklin's house in Franklin's Court

Photo credit: The Preservation Alliance

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is featuring 31 historic preservation leaders in Philadelphia and the local buildings that have inspired them.
Dear Historic Preservation Graduates of the Class of 2020,
Lassiter, Mason, Luegering, Mosley, Farley, Henry
When spring semester study moved online in mid-March, suddenly Zoom or Blue Jeans or Panopto was as integral to teaching at Weitzman as the mastery of a subject and a commitment to students’ learning. Design Weekly asked six faculty members in the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Fine Arts, and Historic Preservation talk about adapting their courses for the screen, and the rewards and constraints they found in the process.
Tourists photographing the Pantheon
Ashley Hahn, a city planning and historic preservation alum who received a new prize from the American Academy in Rome, talks about the experience of public spaces in Italy before and after the coronavirus pandemic. 
Grassy hills and two stately brick buildings

Photo Randall Mason

PennPraxis, the consulting and community engagement arm of the Weitzman School, and the Weitzman School’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation are working with Tuskegee University to build its preservation teaching capacity, produce original research, and conduct public outreach.

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