The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design prepares students to address complex sociocultural and environmental issues through thoughtful inquiry, creative expression, and innovation. As a diverse community of scholars and practitioners, the school is committed to advancing the public good—both locally and globally—through art, design, planning, and preservation.
The first exhibition to survey the work of architect Minerva Parker Nichols (1862–1949) reexamines her significant contributions to Philadelphia’s built environment at the turn of the 20th century and spotlight the broader legacy of women in design. The exhibition is co-curated by architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella, historian Molly Lester, and the Weitzman School of Design’s archivist Heather Isbell Schumacher and curator and collections manager of architectural archives William Whitaker. An accompanying publication features newly commissioned photographs by Felicella of Nichols’ surviving buildings along with drawings and archival materials. In addition to presenting a deeper understanding of Nichols’ work, the project aims to address erasures in historical collection, preservation, and interpretation.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.