An Analysis of Techniques Used to Manage Historic Open Spaces on Two Suburban American University Campuses

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Segur, Suzanne L

As more and more Americans are attending higher educational institutions, the built environment of these places is becoming relevant to a larger number of people. To many graduates familiar with a university, its ensemble of buildings and spaces have the ability to stir up a sense of personal meaning associated with a past era in their life. It is important to preserve these campuses, by maintaining resources that already exist and protecting them from inappropriate change that would diminish their integrity. The physical environment of a university is often an icon of the school. The school's community as well as the public associates the architecture and landscape of a school as part of its identity. In fact, the emblem of many universities is an historic architectural landmark, open space or ensemble of buildings that can be found on their campus. Such buildings and spaces are often used by the school to create a distinct identity.

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A thesis in Historic Preservation Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Degree of Master of Science in Historic Preservation 2008. Advisor: David Hollenberg
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