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Historic Preservation and Conservation

University of Pennsylvania

Adaptive reuse

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

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 ...


From Philadelphia Country House To City Recreation Center: Uncovering The Architectural History Of The Building Known Successively As Blockley Retreat, Kirkbride Mansion, And Lee Cultural Center Through Building Archaeology, Joseph C. Mester Jan 2016

From Philadelphia Country House To City Recreation Center: Uncovering The Architectural History Of The Building Known Successively As Blockley Retreat, Kirkbride Mansion, And Lee Cultural Center Through Building Archaeology, Joseph C. Mester

Theses (Historic Preservation)

In this thesis, I analyze the Federal style country house, initiated in 1794, that stands today near the corner of 44th Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia. As it aged, the owners and occupants slowly transformed the country house from a private “country seat” to a public recreation center in the midst of a dense urban neighborhood. I examine the house and its additions, known collectively today as the Lee Cultural Center, through both documentary and material evidence. This building-archaeological approach studies building materials, finishes, and construction technology in order to date and interpret the construction, alteration, use, and ...


Certifying Preservation: How Preservation Can Introduce Social Sustainability To Building Certification Programs, Andrea Kathryn Haley Jan 2016

Certifying Preservation: How Preservation Can Introduce Social Sustainability To Building Certification Programs, Andrea Kathryn Haley

Theses (Historic Preservation)

When sustainability is discussed in the built environment it is often limited to environmental sustainability, however, there are many other values that should be considered. The field of historic preservation offers ways to incorporate social and cultural sustainability into the built fabric of cities and communities, but is often misrepresented or viewed as a niche field. This thesis explored how historic preservation can learn from the ‘green building’ movement which has risen to prominence to become a large part of the building culture in a relatively short period of time.

One of the most well-known tools is the USGBC’s ...


The Schoolhouse Problem: New Solutions For Preserving Historic And Obsolete Buildings In Rural New Hampshire, Andrew Cushing Jan 2016

The Schoolhouse Problem: New Solutions For Preserving Historic And Obsolete Buildings In Rural New Hampshire, Andrew Cushing

Theses (Historic Preservation)

What options exist for public or nonprofit stewards of historic buildings in rural New Hampshire to re-use their properties for purposes other than museums? Over 200 historical societies exist in the Granite State, and of those, more than 40 own or manage multiple properties. These buildings – often schoolhouses, Grange halls, churches, etc. – are seldom open to the public and can be burdensome for volunteer-based organizations like historical societies that operate on small budgets. This thesis examined alternative solutions in rural communities, solutions that return a building to usefulness without compromising character-defining features. Case studies derived from conversations with various rural ...


The Jewel Of Brewerytown: Past, Present, And Future At The Poth Brewery, Mary Feitz Jan 2015

The Jewel Of Brewerytown: Past, Present, And Future At The Poth Brewery, Mary Feitz

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The former F.A. Poth Brewing Company at 31st and Jefferson Streets in Brewerytown is one of the last remaining 19th century brewery structures in Philadelphia and a beautiful example of the Rundbogenstil-style industrial architecture designed by architect Otto C. Wolf. This thesis draws upon primary sources, including insurance surveys, maps, promotional pamphlets, and advertisements to map the evolution of the brewery in from its very beginnings to its heyday and subsequent decline, with an emphasis on the ways in which the spatial layout of the site functioned as part of the industrial brewing process. It then examines existing literature ...


Radical Preservation: The Transformation Of A Vacant Philadelphia School To Address Contextual Urban Opportunities, Nathaniel Hammitt Jan 2015

Radical Preservation: The Transformation Of A Vacant Philadelphia School To Address Contextual Urban Opportunities, Nathaniel Hammitt

Theses (Historic Preservation)

History and structure are traditionally seen as barriers: blockades between zones of occupation. But in fact both melt and dissolve even as they are formed. Structure and history are not blockades, rather thresholds-- themselves fully occupiable.

This thesis is the transformation of a Philadelphia district school-- but it is also a subversion of traditional adaptation. Investigating beyond existing means of preservation, the upgrade and recasting of Edward Bok AVTS projects a catalytic process and product: the synthesis of volumetric, organizational, and material recursions toward an architecture that challenges modes of design and community psychology within a historic framework.

Urban schools ...