Theses (Historic Preservation)

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Thesis or dissertation

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Suggested Citation:
Spector, Jayne O. (2010). "From Dockyard to Esplanade: Leveraging Industrial Heritage in Waterfront Redevelopment." (Masters Thesis). University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.


The outcomes of preserving and incorporating industrial building fabric and related infrastructure, such as railways, docks and cranes, in redeveloped waterfront sites have yet to be fully understood by planners, preservationists, public administrators or developers. Case studies of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Philadelphia/Camden, Dublin, Glasgow, examine the industrial history, redevelopment planning and approach to preservation and adaptive reuse in each locale. The effects of contested industrial histories, planning approach, funding, environmental remediation, building materials and scale are evaluated as how they impact preservation outcomes. The case studies reveal a trend towards preservation of industrial waterfront buildings and infrastructure and demonstrate how such preservation has been leveraged to contribute to the success of re-purposed urban waterfronts.


Historic Preservation; Industrial; waterfront



Date Posted: 10 August 2010