Historic Preservation

The 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) hosted 1,090 delegates representing 102 countries in Delhi, India from December 11 - 15, 2017.

The Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown has a long and colorful history of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist protests, the Underground Railroad, suburbanization, the Great Migration, and more.

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.

Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church, at 432 North 41st Street

A legacy of William Penn’s “Holy Experiment,” which fostered religious freedom in the colony of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s historic sacred places have been centers of city life for centuries. They comprise a priceless and irreplaceable architectural and social legacy, particularly for immigrants and African-Americans. But these places also face serious challenges, including migration and displacement, secularization and aging congregations, and privatization of urban space, according to Philadelphia’s Historic Sacred Places, a new report published by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative (PRI) based on an 18-month research project by PennPraxis, with contributions from Partners for Sacred Places. 

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

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