Historic Preservation

David Hollenberg (center), recipient of the 2015 Wyck-Strickland Award. Photo Eileen Rojas.

The fall of 2015 saw numerous PennDesign faculty members, students and alumni honored for their work in Philadelphia and leadership in their respective fields. 

Louis Kahn, Esherick House, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, 1959 - 1961. Photo Todd Eberle, via Dezeen.

A recent video (below) by Historic Preservation lecturer Andrew Fearon brings viewers along as students take part in a joinery fabrication lab, visit one of Louis Kahn’s nin

Slate Quarry, Slatedale, PA, 2000. Photo by Joseph Elliott

Faculty member Frank Matero's current PennPraxis project examining the cement and slate industries of Pennsylvania is illustrated in his recent article for Scenario Journal.

The Mechanics Corral, where most of the conservation work took place (Photo by Mikayla Raymond)

During studio travel week in October, a group of 10 historic preservation, architecture, and anthropology students and I packed up our hiking boots, bug spray, and sunscreen to make the long trek from Philadelphia to Albuquerque as part of

Independence Mall. Photo by Angelina Jones.

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is Pleased to Announce its Upcoming Symposium: Urban Parks and the National Park Service of the Future

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 PM and Friday, October 30, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Credit: Jordan Cassway


The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have. – Leonard Nimoy

During the fall 2015 semester, second-year historic preservation students Joshua Bevan, Sonja Lengel, and Joseph C.

Volunteers pose for a group shot. Photo from 19th St. Baptist Church.

Victorian Philadelphia had a brief fling with a stone called serpentine. Colorful and easy to quarry, serpentine became the choice for architects and builders interested in making their polychromatic buildings all the more polychromatic.

From PlanPhilly.com: On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice, and how it informs and affects the design and use of spaces in the public realm.
On Sunday, November 1, the PennDesign student organization DiverseDesign hosts its tenth annual Demystifying Design Professions: Prospectives on Diversity program in conjunction with PennDesign’s November 2 Fall Open House.

From PlanPhilly.com:

A growing network of young people is challenging the perception that historic preservation is an old activist’s game.

The main lodge of the Bar BC under the dramatic backdrop of Grand Teton. On the left is our trusty "van" that faithfully endured tens of hours of bumpy roads over the weeks. Photo by Preston Hull.