Historic Preservation

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.
Rendering of covid cells
Sarah Lerner (MSHP '20) cannot help but compare their current research on Progressive Era Bath Houses to her lived experience in the world of Covid-19.  
Rendering of proposed redevelopment work showing streetscape improvements
Two teams of Penn students received honorable mentions in the highly competitive 2020 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Hines Student Competition.
Large ruins of Mayan buildings
On January 24 and 25, 2020, Frank Matero and Michael Henry joined an international panel of archaeologists, engineers, scientists, conservators, and heritage managers to discuss the long-term conservation of the Archaeological Tunnels at the World Heritage Site of Copán, Honduras.
B/W photo of groundbreaking

Source: Box 142, Folder 2419, RCL Papers.

Stuart Weitzman School of Design City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation Associate Professor Francesca Russello Ammon has a new article in the 2020 issue of Journal of Planning History. The article is titled “Reversing the Tide of Suburban Families? The Design, Marketing, and Occupancy of Urban Renewal’s High-rise Housing” and is an occupational history of New Haven, Connecticut’s first downtown high-rises. 
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.
Amy Green presents her work to the conference attendees

Amy Green of Silverlake Conservation.

In late February 2020, over 130 professionals joined together to explore the history, design, and conservation of architectural tile and terrazzo. The two-day symposium, hosted by the Stuart Weitzman School of Design Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, the International Masonry Institute, and the Association for Preservation Technology - Delaware Valley Chapter (APT-DVC) featured presentations and workshop demonstrations.
Front view of the Pennsylvania Hospital

PennPraxis and The Center for Architectural Conservation (CAC) will develop a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Pennsylvania Hospital.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s PennPraxis and The Center for Architectural Conservation (CAC) will develop a Conserv
Rolling lawn with brick residence in the distance
Aaron Wunsch, an associate professor in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, has received a Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies from
Conservacion Del Patrimonio
After the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, an increased number of historic properties has been targeted for demolitions. The reconstruction process, deregulation, the lack of surveys and educational tools have worsened the situation in the last few years.
Group gathered on Penn campus
On Monday, August 5, 2019, twenty new faces arrived at Meyerson Hall on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. The Historic Preservation department’s new cohort was starting their Summer Institute.