Historic Preservation

Francesca Russello Ammon, an assistant professor of city and regional planning who also teaches in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, has received 2017 Lewis Mumford Prize for her book Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016).

Photo: S. Markey courtesy Longwood Gardens

When Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden reopened this past spring after a two-year, $90 million restoration project, its 1,700 fountain jets and streams had a boost from several PennDesign alumni.

Armed with rain jackets, coffee, and enthusiasm, we were poised to tackle this year’s Preservation Planning Praxis in Galway, Ireland.

On a sunny morning in early May, our team of preservation students and faculty stepped off a train at Starcross station in Devon, England, and surveyed the expansive Exe estuary, where the River Exe meets the English Channel.

Professor Matero in the field with students at Fort Union National Monument.

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Professor Frank Matero was this year's recipient of the Preservation Alliance for Grea

As cities across the U.S. rebound from the population loss and disinvestment of the 20th century, officials, institutions, designers and planners have begun to focus on renewing public assets with civic investments large and small. Under the Kenney administration, Philadelphia has gone all in on this strategy with a plan called Rebuild, meant to invest $500 million in public and foundation money in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and libraries. In March, PennPraxis released a report—funded by the William Penn Foundation, which is also a major investor in the Rebuild initiative—to help provide context for the challenges of the city’s undertaking with research on civic infrastructure and the work of other cities.

The Milembe Secondary School Science Labs project by Historic Preservation Professor of Practice Pamela W.

Amy Freitag speaking at the 2015 symposium Urban Parks and the National Park Service of the Future, organized by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

Alumna Amy Freitag (MLA’94, MSHP’94) has recently been appointed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mayoral Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is pleased to share this recent Penn News story on Kasey Diserens (MSHP’13). Kasey is now an anthropology Ph.D.

Using a syringe filled with a breathable, lime-based injection grout, Federico and his team filled the voids of Franklin’s marble grave marker. Photo by Rebecca Elias Abboud & Denise Henhoeffer.

Recently, two alumni of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign led the restoration of Benjamin Franklin's grave marker at Christ Church Burial Ground.

Nearly 300 Master’s and PhD degrees were presented on Monday afternoon under a sunlit tent on Meyerson Plaza at PennDesign’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Capping off a weekend’s worth of festivities that began on Friday with a reception for the Year End Show for design graduates, the ceremony was led by Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner, who shared the podium with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, who gave the Commencement Address; alumnus and Overseer Mark Gardner (MArch’00), who congratulated gradates on behalf of the Board of Overseers; PennDesign Alumni Association President Stuart Mardeusz (MArch’95); and the department and graduate group chairs.

Among the most recent additions to the National Register of Historic Places is Mill-Rae, a house designed in 1890 by Philadelphia architect Minerva Parker Nichols.