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Historic Preservation and Conservation

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Developing A Sustainable Urban Heritage Tourism Approach For Philadelphia - Experiences From National Heritage Areas, Yue Wu Jan 2018

Developing A Sustainable Urban Heritage Tourism Approach For Philadelphia - Experiences From National Heritage Areas, Yue Wu

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis proposes a sustainable heritage tourism development approach for large and multifunctional historic cities like Philadelphia. Although Philadelphia is not solely or even largely dependent on tourism, the city nevertheless views heritage tourism as a valuable opportunity to enhance its competitiveness and attract investment. This study explores the challenges in urban heritage management and suggests an approach to integrate community development and heritage tourism development, so as to take advantage of heritage resources for improving quality of urban life while minimizing the negative impact observed in historic cities. One source for this exploration is the successful strategies and practical ...


The City Of Sisterly Love: A Preservation Assessment And Urban Landscape Re-Interpretation Of Philadelphia’S Sites Of Women’S History, Mikayla E. Raymond Jan 2017

The City Of Sisterly Love: A Preservation Assessment And Urban Landscape Re-Interpretation Of Philadelphia’S Sites Of Women’S History, Mikayla E. Raymond

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Women’s history has long been omitted by a narrow understanding of history, which has been limited, often at the hands of preservationists, to a white, patriarchal point of view. Due to a conceptual misunderstanding of women’s place in history as niche or subversive, the preservation of places associated with women has not been adequately prioritized. Philadelphia, a city rich with historical resources and preservation-minded agents, offers a productive testing ground for ideas of re-interpretation. By assessing how well national efforts, including the National Historic Landmark theme study on women’s history; state efforts, including the Pennsylvania Historical Marker ...


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

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 ...


Lots Of Potential: Strengthening The Philadelphia Land Bank With Preservation, Mary Amelia Lambert Jan 2016

Lots Of Potential: Strengthening The Philadelphia Land Bank With Preservation, Mary Amelia Lambert

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Prolific vacancy in Philadelphia’s built environment is a major challenge as the city enjoys a resurgence in population and development. The creation of the Philadelphia Land Bank is widely seen as a necessary and useful tool to address the productive reuse of vacant properties. Preservation, however, is not a component of the land bank’s policies and procedures. This thesis asserts that the goals of the land bank are actually well aligned with those of preservation. It is an assertion that the inclusion of a preservation ethos along with specific policy measures would strengthen the activities of the Philadelphia ...


To Build On The Past: A Foundational Database Of The Vermont Marble Company Archives, Kaitlin Pluskota Jan 2015

To Build On The Past: A Foundational Database Of The Vermont Marble Company Archives, Kaitlin Pluskota

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis took advantage of the rare opportunity to look into the business records of the Vermont Marble Company. A study period of 1924-1927, and about 1,000 contracts from the company were first recorded in a digital database and then examined. As a preliminary study of this material, this thesis suggests future uses of the Vermont Marble Company archive and recounts the information gathered from this venture. Architectural trends related to the Beaux-Arts, City Beautiful, and Art-Deco movements were observed, as were trends related to specific marble types and building project locations.


Why We Demolish: Assessing Heritage Loss In Philadelphia As A Catalyst For Policy Innovation In Historic Preservation, Samantha E. Kuntz Jan 2014

Why We Demolish: Assessing Heritage Loss In Philadelphia As A Catalyst For Policy Innovation In Historic Preservation, Samantha E. Kuntz

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Demolition of listed historic resources through policy provisions such as economic hardship and public interest has, in recent years, led to increased controversy and tension in the preservation community. As approvals to demolish such heritage anchors as the Sidney Hillman Medical Center, the Church of the Assumption, the Levy-Leas Mansion, the Episcopal Cathedral's Parish House, and the Boyd Theater interior continue to place the Philadelphia Historical Commission and developers at odds with preservation advocates, it is important to review the policy documents at the core of the issue. This thesis proposes that it is not the Commission but the ...


An Economic Impact Study Of Historic Germantown On The Surrounding Neighborhood, Lee Angeli Riccetti Jan 2014

An Economic Impact Study Of Historic Germantown On The Surrounding Neighborhood, Lee Angeli Riccetti

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Historic Germantown, a non-profit umbrella organization of sixteen historic sites in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, adjusted its focus in 2008 to focus on community engagement due to leadership which emerged that took the consortium of historic sites from a preservation-only mission to engage the surrounding community. This adjustment was a departure from its previous focus on solely preserving the colonial sites and relics of Germantown. An Economic Impact study of the organization on the surrounding neighborhood attempts to capture the economic benefits of this leadership change. The study attempts to quantify this shift, following qualitative assessments that the economic ...


The Social Effects Of Preservation: Social Wellbeing And The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program In Philadelphia, Ellis Miller Mumford Jan 2013

The Social Effects Of Preservation: Social Wellbeing And The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program In Philadelphia, Ellis Miller Mumford

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis was intended to begin to fill in a gap in preservation literature by beginning research in Philadelphia and evaluating how, if at all, historic preservation affects social wellbeing. By considering tax credit investment alongside various statistical measures of social wellbeing in Philadelphia census block groups, this study tested some hypotheses about the power of preservation in community revitalization. The primary hypothesis tested is that historic preservation activity improves social wellbeing in Philadelphia. More specific hypotheses include:

  • Historic preservation improves the physical appearance of neighborhoods.
  • Historic preservation reduces crime, especially building-specific crime such as arson and graffiti.
  • Historic preservation ...


Beyond The Building: Exploring The Link Between City Sustainability Policies And Historic Preservation Policies, Julieann Patricia Murphy Jan 2013

Beyond The Building: Exploring The Link Between City Sustainability Policies And Historic Preservation Policies, Julieann Patricia Murphy

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Though the United States does not have a uniform climate or climate policy, cities are leading the way in sustainability policy creation. Historic preservation and sustainability are large concepts and neither, because of their values-based nature, have a single measurement of success. Linking the concept of historic preservation to sustainability can bring both into the next generation of practice. This thesis explores and analyzes the relationship between the sustainability policies and historic preservation policies of cities. It seeks to uncover whether some of the US cities that have been touted at the most sustainable use historic preservation as part of ...


Penn Fruit And The Everyday Modern: Interpreting The Mid-Century Supermarket, Shannon Teresa Garrison Jan 2013

Penn Fruit And The Everyday Modern: Interpreting The Mid-Century Supermarket, Shannon Teresa Garrison

Theses (Historic Preservation)

In Philadelphia, Penn Fruit was one of the earliest grocery stores to adopt the supermarket model and remained an innovator in the grocery business from its founding in 1927 until it declared bankruptcy in 1975. Max Zimmerman, editor of Super Market Merchandising and founder of the Super Market Institute considered it a "recognized leader" in the field, highlighting it as one of the "outstanding operations in the country" in his 1955 book, Super Markets. In the 1950s its per-store sales were over three times the national average, and the company's distinctive stores, with their arched rooflines and sparkling glass ...