Historic Preservation

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu House, Exterior, 2007. Herbert Lotz. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum [RC.2009.002.067].
The Home and Studio of legendary American artist Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiú, New Mexico, are the subject of new comprehensive conservation assessment to be led by PennDesign faculty members Pamela W. Hawkes and Michael C. Henry.
Francesca Russello Ammon and Erick Guerra, newly-tenured associate professors at PennDesign
PennDesign congratulates faculty members Francesca Russello Ammon and Erick Guerra for earning tenure from the University.
One of the sites under investigation in Detroit
In a series of studios and related programs, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is investigating preservation issues in distressed neighborhoods in Detroit and Philadelphia.
Drone photograph of Ft. Union National Monument, where The Center for Architectural Conservation is working with the U.S. National Park Service to protect the adobe structure from climate change.
Through innovative applications of recent technology, a faculty-student team from The Center for Architectural Conservation is helping the National Park Service protect heritage sites like Fort Union National Monument from the effects of climate change. 
Donovan Rypkema
Historic Preservation Lecturer Donovan Rypkema was recently interviewed by the Global Heritage Fund on the economic merits of historic preservation.
David Hollenberg
David Hollenberg (MArch’75) has been selected as the AIA Philadelphia's John Frederick Harbeson Award recipient.
Ghost Structures in Franklin Court, Philadelphia, 1976, designed by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates
In this commentary, Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, considers the dominance of modern architecture in historic preservation activities.
Row of houses in San Francisco

Photo: Melissa Luo

Why do we preserve buildings? Who do we preserve them for? As a student studying conservation science, I crawl through dusty basements more often than I ponder these questions. Thanks to the generosity of the Robin M.
Joan M. Brierton, Libbie Hawes, Dorothy Krotzer, and Nate Rogers
Four PennDesign Historic Preservation alumni representing various facets of preservation practice discussed the dimensions and scope of the profession as well as the responsibilities, authority, and ethics of the preservation professional.
Christ Memorial Church at 43rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia and Notre Dame de Paris.

Christ Memorial Church at 43rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia and Notre Dame de Paris.

Aaron Wunsch, assistant professor of historic preservation, recently spoke at the Future for Religious Heritage's biannual conference.
John Moulton Homestead in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
PennDesign’s distinguished center for training and research in the technical conservation of the built environment, The Center for Architectural Conservation, has a new home and a new name.  
Cover of "Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit"
In the spring and summer of 2018, PennPraxis worked with a group of community liaisons and residents of twenty-one neighborhoods across the city to create the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit