George Nakashima's Arts Building and Cloister: A Program for Conservation
The Arts Building and Cloister
recent past conservation
American Art and Architecture
Architectural History and Criticism
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Modern Art and Architecture
This is the first thesis generated under the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Pennsylvania and the Nakashima Foundation for Peace and George Nakashima Woodworker, S.A. entered into on the 1st of July 2014, which allow to study and document the Nakashima complex located at 1847 Aquetong Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania. The Nakashima complex comprises twenty-one buildings including family residences with furniture making facilities and storage spaces. Particularly, this thesis contributes to provide an informed understanding of the George Nakashima's Arts Building and Cloister (1964-1967) through an examination of its contextual history, design and construction, changes over time, and a comprehensive building conditions assessment. As a conclusion, this thesis presents a series of recommendations for both the physical preservation and the long-term stewardship of the building.