Students Recreate the Past at PARK(ing) Day

The Jefferson team built a recreation of the popular Philly diner Little Pete’s, which recently closed.

The Jefferson team built a recreation of the popular Philly diner Little Pete’s, which recently closed.

Architecture and M.S. in sustainable design students and alumni transformed a metered parking space in Center City Philadelphia into a temporary exhibit for PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia on Sept. 21.

They built a recreation of the popular Philly diner Little Pete’s, which recently closed. With the team’s project, dubbed the Preservation Café, they invited Philadelphians to add to a map their favorite landmark and legacy businesses in the city.

The annual event presented by the Center for Architecture and Design provides an opportunity to explore how public spaces could be better conceived, and street parking spaces around Philadelphia are temporarily transformed into cleverly designed mini “parklets” the size of a car.

For the project, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) once again partnered with the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) to focus on sustainable preservation practices. Part of YFPA’s mission is to create a citywide list of legacy and historic businesses that contribute to the character of Philadelphia.

Faculty and staff working with the team included Andrew Hart, assistant professor of architecture; Wendelyn Anderson, technical associate for the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging; J. Thomas Becker, associate vice president for operations; and Matthew Gulbicki, assistant director of physical plant operations.

Last year’s Jefferson PARK(ing) Day project
, Tiny Tim(ber)—a miniature heavy timber frame structure—won a Golden Cone Award from the Center for Architecture and Design.

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