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Aaron Wunsch

Aaron Wunsch is an architectural historian and assistant professor in Penn's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

The Crisis On Jewelers Row: Mayor Kenney We Need You

The Crisis On Jewelers Row: Mayor Kenney We Need You

September 27, 2016  |  Soapbox

The tools are in hand to stop Toll Brothers' tower (and get it built somewhere else), architectural historian and preservation professor Aaron Wunsch argues. Can Jim Kenney deliver? > more

More Losses On The Preservation Front & One Thing That Really Must Be Saved

More Losses On The Preservation Front & One Thing That Really Must Be Saved

December 17, 2015  |  Soapbox

The eleventh hour of our annual fundraising campaign is here and we are only two-thirds towards meeting our goal. Historic preservationist Aaron Wunsch calls Hidden City an indispensable, cultural resource covering Philadelphia's shifting built environment and explains why you should make a contribution today > more

Distorted Perceptions Demolished The Levy-Leas Mansion

Distorted Perceptions Demolished The Levy-Leas Mansion

September 11, 2015  |  Soapbox

The historic Levy Leas Mansion at 40th and Pine has now been reduced to a pile of debris. Hidden agendas and selective thinking is to blame says architectural historian and preservation professor Aaron Wunsch. Here is his final word on the 160-year-old West Philadelphia home > more

At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

May 14, 2015  |  Soapbox

Could a last-ditch effort at diplomacy between the University of Pennsylvania and the Woodland Terrace Homeowners Association save the John P. Levy House from demolition? Aaron Wunsch says it can and should be done, though it would take a touch more civic stewardship by the university and an even-keeled willingness to compromise by the neighborhood group > more

Shohei Shigematsu, Reluctant Preservationist

Shohei Shigematsu, Reluctant Preservationist

October 18, 2013  |  Vantage

Architect Shohei Shigematsu was billed as a "preservation protagonist," but Aaron Wunsch found preservation largely missing from Shigematsu's talk Wednsday night, sponsored by Gray Area. Instead, Wunsch discovered an opening to talk about creativity and constraints in the design process > more