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Stewarding An Educational Legacy: Historic Preservation At Historically Black Colleges And Universities, Katlyn E. Cotton 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Stewarding An Educational Legacy: Historic Preservation At Historically Black Colleges And Universities, Katlyn E. Cotton

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The historic campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities inform a story that no other setting can tell. Since before the Civil War, through Reconstruction and the Civil Rights movement, and still today, these institutions have served as the backdrop for this country’s greatest social justice struggles. They have functioned as free spaces and safe havens—places of reprieve from discrimination and inequity—where young African Americans were given the confidence and support to become leaders, innovators, and history-makers. Throughout history, these incredible institutions have nurtured an environment of empowerment, cultural reinforcement, and acceptance that has had immeasurable impacts ...


Architecture + Havoc: The Agency Of Historic Sites During Conflict, Emily Gruendel 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Architecture + Havoc: The Agency Of Historic Sites During Conflict, Emily Gruendel

Theses (Historic Preservation)

For the fields of architecture and preservation, havocked environments are catalysts for our work managing, manipulating, and reviving the built condition. Over the last few decades, however, technological advancements have transformed the way in which the world sees conflict. No longer must we wait for a peace—havoc reveals itself immediately on our screens. It is critical for the fields to extend their role beyond pre-conflict preparations and post-conflict response. The built environment has just as much agency as warring parties do, and it is essential to critically engage with the physical and humanistic realities of conflict zones.

This thesis ...


Rooted In History: Historic Preservation As A Foundation For Community Engagement Along The Lower Schuylkill, Starr E. Herr-Cardillo 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Rooted In History: Historic Preservation As A Foundation For Community Engagement Along The Lower Schuylkill, Starr E. Herr-Cardillo

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Once the centerpiece of a rolling pastoral landscape, punctuated by some of the most important ornamental and botanical gardens of the colonial and early national eras, the Lower Schuylkill metamorphosed over the next century into one of the most polluted and environmentally degraded waterways in the country. In this thesis I will discuss the historical, environmental, and political themes that have shaped the evolution of the Lower Schuylkill region. Reviewing analyses and critiques of neoliberal urbanism, particularly in the context of waterfront revitalization projects, I identify ways in which preservation and related fields might support or resist a development-driven agenda ...


Applications Of Cultural Landscape Studies In Single-Street Historic Districts, Arielle Simone Harris 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Applications Of Cultural Landscape Studies In Single-Street Historic Districts, Arielle Simone Harris

Theses (Historic Preservation)

For decades, Philadelphia has ineffectively balanced increasing development pressures with protection of the city’s historic resources, resulting in the loss of locally and nationally significant places. To the extent that local preservation efforts have been effective, they have relied heavily on the use of historic districts (roughly seventy percent of all buildings in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places owe their protection to this mechanism). Nonetheless, nominations of traditional, neighborhood-bound historic districts have been tabled or dismissed by the Philadelphia Historical Commission for over a decade. The impasse stems from misguided perceptions about property values and building maintenance, political ...


"Forever Wild": Wilderness Values And Historic Preservation In The Catskill Forest Preserve, Carolyn Zemanian 2017 University of Pennsylvania

"Forever Wild": Wilderness Values And Historic Preservation In The Catskill Forest Preserve, Carolyn Zemanian

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Article XIV of the New York State Constitution (1894) declares that the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves will be “forever kept as wild forest lands.” The State of New York has interpreted this “forever wild” clause to mean that most structures are inherently incompatible with the wilderness values of the preserves. As a result, the State has sought to enhance wilderness by removing structures it deems “non-conforming” with the forest preserves’ natural qualities.

Approaching the Catskill Forest Preserve as a cultural landscape, this thesis describes and analyzes the current and past enabling (or disabling) environment of historic preservation in the ...


Redesigning Historic Districts: A Study Of Preservation Plans For Historic Districts Of Jingzhou Ancient City In Hubei, China, Chuhan Zheng 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Redesigning Historic Districts: A Study Of Preservation Plans For Historic Districts Of Jingzhou Ancient City In Hubei, China, Chuhan Zheng

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Designation of historic districts is becoming a more commonly seen strategy for protecting larger environment and historic urban fabrics in China. Jingzhou, which is one of the first 24 “Historic Cultural Cities” in China, designated three historic districts in 2014. However, there are many issues with the existing preservation plans. Before the completed implementation of the plans, this thesis hopes to provide better solutions for creating more equitable and resilient historic districts through criticizing the existing plans, researching on case studies, as well as re-programming and redesigning the historic districts. The criticisms mainly focus on lacking sufficient considerations of large-scale ...


Evaluation Of Preservation And Adaptive Reuse Of Historic Villages In Scenic Area Of China: A Case Study Of Amanfayun In Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Di Fan 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Evaluation Of Preservation And Adaptive Reuse Of Historic Villages In Scenic Area Of China: A Case Study Of Amanfayun In Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Di Fan

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The recent economic development of the 1990’s in China, including increased foreign trade and investment, has brought about an upheaval change of physical, cultural and social conditions in rural China. And the large amount of demolition and reconstruction of historic villages put a severe challenge in preserving traditional rural heritages of China. The historic villages in scenic areas, especially due to their unique cultural and natural resources, typically became the first targets of modern transformation and bedrock for economic development. By focusing on several restoration and adaptive reuse cases of historic villages, especially the case of Amanfayun within the ...


The Archaeology Of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Edward B. Jelks 2017 Stephen F. Austin State University

The Archaeology Of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Edward B. Jelks

CRHR Research Reports

This is an archeological study of the McGee Bend Reservoir (Sam Rayburn Reservoir) area of eastern Texas as revealed through the analysis of 14 sites that were excavated there between 1956 and 1962. The reservoir, currently under construction on the Angelina River near Jasper, will be some 50 miles long when completed in 1965, with major arms extending up Ayish and Attoyac bayous. The lake will be named for the late Sam Rayburn.

Most of the archeological work was done during extended field seasons in the fall months of 1956, 1957, and 1960; a brief season in the fall of ...


St. Mary’S Episcopal Church: Architectural History And Preservation Possibilities, Anastasia O’Neill 2017 Roger Williams University

St. Mary’S Episcopal Church: Architectural History And Preservation Possibilities, Anastasia O’Neill

Historic Preservation Capstone Projects

This thesis focuses on the architectural and historical significance of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It comprises two major sections: a historical narrative and a research narrative. Thus, it is meant to illuminate the history of St. Mary’s and to guide future research. The historical narrative contains information regarding the context into which the church was built, the founding of the parish, the construction of the church building, and selected significant changes. The research narrative contains a list of archives consulted, suggestions of uses for the information obtained, and a description of the necessary steps ...


Historical Overview Of Allen County, Kentucky, Department of Library Special Collections, Brookelyn Smith 2017 Western Kentucky University

Historical Overview Of Allen County, Kentucky, Department Of Library Special Collections, Brookelyn Smith

Allen County History and Bibliography

(1st paragraph of overview)

Allen County, Kentucky, is located in the south central portion of the state along the Kentucky-Tennessee border. On that border, Allen County meets the Tennessee counties of Sumner and Macon. Within the Commonwealth, it is bounded by to the northwest and northeast by Warren and Barren counties (respectively), Monroe County to the east, and Simpson County to the west. The county’s northern/eastern boundary is drawn by the Barren River and Barren River Lake. It is located in the Pennyroyal region of Kentucky, between the Central Lowlands and the Appalachian Plateau. Its area is equal ...


Preserving The Vernacular Postindustrial Landscape: Big Data Geospatial Approaches To Heritage Management And Interpretation, John D. M. Arnold 2017 Michigan Technological University

Preserving The Vernacular Postindustrial Landscape: Big Data Geospatial Approaches To Heritage Management And Interpretation, John D. M. Arnold

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports

Redundant historical industrial sites, or postindustrial landscapes, face numerous preservation challenges. Functionally obsolete, and often derelict and decaying, these cultural landscapes often retain only a fraction of their original infrastructure. With their historical interconnections made indistinct by their physical separation and obscured by the passage of time, surviving remnants are isolated and disjunct, confounding both their legibility and their consideration for formal historic preservation. Nevertheless, they persist. This dissertation presents a theoretical understanding of the nature of postindustrial landscape preservation, and argues that the material persistence of its historical constituents is the result of previously overlooked processes of informal material ...


“Mocha: Maritime Architecture On Yemen’S Red Sea Coast.” In ‘Architecture That Fills My Eye’: The Building Heritage Of Yemen. Exh. Cat. Ed. Trevor H.J. Marchand, 60-69. London: Gingko Library, 2017., Nancy Um 2017 Binghamton University--SUNY

“Mocha: Maritime Architecture On Yemen’S Red Sea Coast.” In ‘Architecture That Fills My Eye’: The Building Heritage Of Yemen. Exh. Cat. Ed. Trevor H.J. Marchand, 60-69. London: Gingko Library, 2017., Nancy Um

Art History Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Comparative Analysis Of Select Sustainable Wood Preservative Systems For Heritage Conservation: A Termite Resistance Laboratory Testing Program On Radiata Pine, Katharine George 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Comparative Analysis Of Select Sustainable Wood Preservative Systems For Heritage Conservation: A Termite Resistance Laboratory Testing Program On Radiata Pine, Katharine George

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Today, the naturally harvested wood material of the past, prized for durability, is increasing difficult to obtain in substantial quantities with no certainty of replenishing a diminishing resource. The building and heritage conservation industries are in need of an environmentally friendly wood-based product whose service life meets the expectations of its users. The wood preservative industry aims to mitigate this gap in the present-day wood industry by minimizing wood’s vulnerability to the consumptive natural environment. Generally, wood preservatives are chemicals that are toxic to common decay fungi and/or insects, or are chemicals that somehow modify or protect the ...


Creating Home: Reuse Of Vacant Philadelphia Schools For Permanent Supportive Housing, Peter Hiller 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Creating Home: Reuse Of Vacant Philadelphia Schools For Permanent Supportive Housing, Peter Hiller

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Since 2000, many of Philadelphia’s failing, mid-century, public housing towers have been demolished and replaced with low-rise, mixed-income developments that successfully integrate low-income—and potentially homeless—families and individuals into the community. Many Philadelphians, however, are still without a home, are in need, and are out of place. Furthermore, in the last decade, over thirty of Philadelphia’s historic schools have been shut down and vacated due to cuts to the school district budget, declining enrollment, and district politics; some of these entities, however, have consolidated or moved to new state-of-the-art buildings that serve them better, leaving the old ...


Naegele's Guide To The Only Good Architecture In Iowa, Daniel Joseph Naegele 2017 Iowa State University

Naegele's Guide To The Only Good Architecture In Iowa, Daniel Joseph Naegele

Architecture Books

A 300-page, 240 entry guidebook to the best in high and low architecture in Iowa including not only buildings by internationally renowned architects, but also barns, cemeteries, bridges, murals, landscapes, and silos.


Z-Cube: Mobile Living For Feminist Nomads, Zi Ye 2017 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Z-Cube: Mobile Living For Feminist Nomads, Zi Ye

Masters Theses

Homes proclaim our social standing and reflect the trend of the times. This project seeks to explore and redefine the relationship between modern homes and modern women who strive for mobile life styles.

Modernism and globalization have brought us a new way of living that could have never been imagined before— our workspace and homes are no longer limited to a specific unit but have extended to the entire globe. The physical changes compelled by modernity have also complemented the changing role of women. Since the beginning of the 20th century, modern women have expanded their lives outside of their ...


Cultural Landscapes And Adaptation: Identifying The Role Of Civic Engagement And Cultural Heritage In Coastal Adaptation Planning, Madeleine Helmer 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Cultural Landscapes And Adaptation: Identifying The Role Of Civic Engagement And Cultural Heritage In Coastal Adaptation Planning, Madeleine Helmer

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Recognizing climate change associated threats to coastal environments, civic leaders and policymakers are developing and implementing local adaptation and resilience strategies. Largely absent from this conversation is, however, the cultural heritage of the coast-- the places of local identity, meaning and history. To address this shortcoming, the following study assesses the role of cultural heritage in coastal adaptation planning. The integration of cultural heritage in adaptation planning leads to more holistic, place-based and effective adaptive efforts, and contributes to long-term resilience. Civic engagement is one mechanism for identifying, evaluating and promoting cultural heritage in the coastal planning process. This thesis ...


Preservation Through Property Tax: The Impacts Of Philadelphia's 10-Year Property Tax Abatement On Historic Preservation, Joel Naiman 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Preservation Through Property Tax: The Impacts Of Philadelphia's 10-Year Property Tax Abatement On Historic Preservation, Joel Naiman

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Philadelphia’s 10-year property tax abatement program has proven effective as a transformative force throughout the city by offering a 10-year abatement on the taxable value of any improvements on a structure or land. Originally implemented in a vastly different real estate market than exists today, the abatement has had profound economic impact, yet has been heavily criticized by some of its varied stakeholders as a drain on municipal finances. Regarding historic preservation, the abatement has existed with a dual nature: while it serves as a key factor in rehabilitation financing on large projects throughout the city, it also incentivizes ...


Preservation Frontiers: Adding Urban Homesteading To The Historic Preservation Toolkit, Jessica L. Neubelt 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Preservation Frontiers: Adding Urban Homesteading To The Historic Preservation Toolkit, Jessica L. Neubelt

Theses (Historic Preservation)

In the 1970s, cities across the country began implementing urban homesteading programs, in which they transferred surplus vacant housing units to hopeful homeowners for the low cost of $1 and a two-year commitment to rehabilitating and occupying the unit as a primary residence. The goals of these programs were varied, but typically included neighborhood stabilization, affordable housing, and incentivizing the return of wealthier households back to urban neighborhoods. This thesis argues that, while homesteading programs achieved mixed results in regards to these goals, they did achieve historic preservation outcomes.

In order to support this proposition, this thesis examines the history ...


Conservation Assessment And Experimental Mechanical Pinning Treatment Of Petrified Sequoia Affinis Stumps At Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, Evan Oxland 2017 University of Pennsylvania

Conservation Assessment And Experimental Mechanical Pinning Treatment Of Petrified Sequoia Affinis Stumps At Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, Evan Oxland

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This research assesses the structural decay of nine silicified fossil stumps on the Petrified Forest Loop at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in central Colorado, and evaluates the use of mechanical pinning as a remedial conservation treatment. Condition assessment was established through an integrated review of archival documents related to the site’s excavation and display history, field examination, and petrographic analysis, among other laboratory characterizations. The story of this fossil forest begins with the violent burial of a Sequoia affinis paleo-forest from a volcanic mudflow (lahar) and subsequent cycles of lacustrine submerging and desiccation which likely caused organic materials ...


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