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Lauren Drapala

Lauren Drapala works as an architectural conservator at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2008 to earn her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, she has been mesmerized by the wealth of architectural resources throughout the city and its surrounding districts. Continuing the research she began in her graduate work, Lauren is currently authoring a book about the 20th century interiors and decorative screens of Robert Winthrop Chanler. Learn more about this project at http://robertwinthropchanler.tumblr.com/.

City Celebrates Early Successes Of Master Plan--And Looks Ahead

City Celebrates Early Successes Of Master Plan–And Looks Ahead

January 11, 2013  |  Buzz

The stars of the night of celebration and looking forward, says writer Lauren Drapala, the now empowered graduates of the Citizen's Planning Institute > more

Another Church Goes In G-Ho

Another Church Goes In G-Ho

May 29, 2012  |  Buzz

Demolition by neglect at the Mt. Olive AME Church on Fitzwater Street, as housing is coming > more

Holy Smokes: What Do We Do With All These Churches?

Holy Smokes: What Do We Do With All These Churches?

January 20, 2012  |  Vantage

As we face a spate of newly abandoned sacred spaces, ideas and inspiration from the dozens of church reuses in Philadelphia, including the former Church of New Jerusalem. > more

Face-Lift At The Woodlands

Face-Lift At The Woodlands

November 3, 2011  |  Buzz

Impressive changes after years of seemingly endless deterioration to the Hamilton mansion > more

Woodlands Digging for Direction

Woodlands Digging for Direction

October 18, 2011  |  News

The new director of The Woodlands seeks to revitalize its historic mansion and reassert its historic landscape, home to the first American gingko tree. > more