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Fishtown, a subset of Kensington, is a neighborhood in Philadelphia located northeast of center city. It is nestled at the edge of the city where the Delaware River cants to the east.
This report identifies the most appropriate set of actions with regards to maintaining the Switchback Gravity Railroad’s significant historic landscape and is the result of the efforts of a semester long studio project for the graduate program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Downloads

Fairhill, a characteristic postindustrial neighborhood in North Philadelphia, embodies a complex social history reflective of the city's evolution through three centuries. Centered on a Quaker burial ground, the neighborhood flourished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Philadelphia emerged as the industrial "workshop of the world." With the waning of the industrial era, a large portion of the workforce followed industries from the inner city to the urban periphery, resulting in a significant loss of middle- and upper-class wealth.

St. Andrew's Chapel, a former divinity school chapel in West Philadelphia, was designed in the Collegiate Gothic style in 1925 by Philadelphia architects Zantzinger, Borie & Medary. Nationally recognized artisans were commissioned to execute the chapel's spectacular decorative program in woodwork, wrought iron, stained glass, and gilding and painted finishes. The building was vacated in the 1970s and has since been without a steady use, in part due to the relatively small amount of usable space in its soaring vertical design. It is owned by the University of Pennsylvania.

Student working with a piece of heavy cutting machinery.

The thesis is a requirement for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation and a foundation of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation’s curriculum.  Mastery of the research process is essential for professional success and the progressive evolution of the field.  The thesis is therefore required as a capstone course intended to demonstrate competency in the field, accomplishment in a chosen area of specialization, and the capacity to perform independent research.

Character studies are a promising new model for historic resource surveys. The Character Study Project (CSP) is designed to address immediate practical needs as well as long-term strategic issues in the planning and preservation fields.
Three editions of the publication "Work" on a wooden table. The editions are "10-11", "09-10" and "08-09"

The WORK series documents student work in design studios and courses each year, as well as events, faculty news and student awards. It also includes abstracts of PhD dissertations defended that year.

Department Publications Archive

This year's journal's theme is Overlays and Intersections.

The 2011 student published Panoram explores the them of POST I

This issue of Panorama goes from The Studio to the Streets (recasting the role of planning).

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