The Preservation Foundation

UM Preservation Studio Report
Posted Date 06/12/2008

To download a 17MB PDF file of the University of Miami School of Architecture Preservation Studio Report, please click here. 


 University of Miami students at work in the TCRPC charrette offices

As part of the Preservation Foundation’s advocacy during the Royal Poinciana Charrette, as well as for general urban planning and smart growth for the town of Palm Beach, a partnership was formed with the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.  A unique preservation design lab and studio for the university’s architecture students was created.


Students began by researching the architectural and cultural history of the area.  One group investigated building plans and vintage photos in the Foundation’s archives as well as Town Hall’s.  Another group developed profiles on major town architects such as John Volk and Howard Major and their respective styles.  A third group went about physically documenting the Royal Poinciana Way area, taking photographs, noting important building details and ornamentations, and measuring facades, storefronts and street lengths.  Finally, they came together to create precise historic maps of Palm Beach which will eventually be housed in the Preservation Foundation’s archive with copies donated to the town.



 Historic Map of Palm Beach developed by the University of Miami architecture students