Past Work Weekends

2019: Oneida Community Mansion House

April 25-28, 2019

Oneida, New York: For three days in late April, students, faculty, and alumni from the Department of City and Regional Planning embarked on the annual Historic Preservation Planning Work Weekend, led by associate professor and department chair Jeffrey Chusid. Originally the home of a religious-based socialist utopian group called the Oneida Community, the 93,000-square-foot, three-story brick residence dates from the mid- and late 19th century. Today, the expanded building is a National Historic Landmark that presents programs, tours, exhibits, and lodging.


2018: Mabee Farm Historic Site

April 12-15, 2018

Rotterdam Junction, New York: This year Cornell’s Historic Preservation Planning program is working with Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) at their Mabee Farm Historic Site. This site along the picturesque Mohawk River contains 10 historic structures, including a 1705 homestead and a 1760s Dutch barn.


2017: Colebrookdale Railroad

April 20-23, 2017

Boyertown, Pennsylvania: 2017's Work Weekend took place at the Colebrookedale Railroad, a tourist railroad. The Colebrookdale Railroad started building the railroad line between Boyertown and Pottstown in 1865 and trains started running in 1869.


Port Allegany, Pennsylvania: A National Register of Historic Places listed property, Lynn Hall was designed by Walter Hall, a self-taught designer/builder, and his son, Raymond Viner Hall. Walter Hall built Lynn Hall, and his work there was a contributing factor in his selection as chief contractor of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Thirty HPP and MRP students worked on a number of projects on the property, including tuck-pointing; re-roofing the main building, waterproofing an exterior water feature; removing, regrading and re-laying a large stone patio; and installing cork wall finishes.

2016: Lynn Hall

April 14-17, 2016


New Bedford, Massachusetts: Originally constructed in 1829, and modified in the 1840s and 1850s, the First Baptist Church remains a fine example of Greek Revival architecture. Conducted in concert with two local groups: the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) and Your Theater who aim to adaptively reuse the church as a performance venue.


Tarrytown, New York: A historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, activities included rebuilding and repainting entryways of 1880 Lord & Burnham designed greenhouse, a historic brick and stone masonry workshop, and the restoration of historic windows and doors.

2014: Lyndhurst

April 17-20, 2014


Albion, New York: Situated only a few short steps from the Erie Canal, the Opera House served to local and traveling public for decades, seating hundreds of patrons at a time in its third-floor, high-ceilinged space. Now being restored through the efforts of the Albion Main Street Alliance, the site hosted 35 Cornell students, alumni and professors for the event.

2013: Pratt Opera House

April 18-21, 2013


Tarrytown, New York: 33 students from HPP, CRP, M.Arch and other programs, along with HPP alumni and friends, participated in preservation work at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Lyndhurst Estate, 30 minutes north of Manhattan. The former home of 19th-century robber-baron Jay Gould, it includes a number of historically significant structures, including the National Register listed 174-year-old mansion designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis and iron, stone, wood and brick buildings in a variety of styles.

2012: Lyndhurst

April 12-15, 2012


2011: Medina Stone Farm

April 14-17, 2011

Medina, New York: The farm comprises an Italianate style house, dating from the mid-1860s, a collection of cattle and horse barns, and mortared stone fences. Projects included scraping and painting, historic window repair, and documentation.


Wyco, West Virginia: Wyco Community Church was constructed in 1917 for the coal mining community that once surrounded it. Since 2003, the church has been under the ownership of the Rural Appalachian Improvement League (RAIL), who stabilized the building and is now working on its restoration.

2010: Wyco Community Church

April 16-18, 2010


Manassas, Virginia: Liberia Plantation is an 1825 plantation house on 18 acres of property in the Liberia Historic District in Manassas, Virginia. The property is being restored with the assistance of historical architect C. Richard Bierce, AIA of Alexandria, Virginia and Oak Grove Restoration Company under the Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. The property is owned by the City of Manassas. Projects included whitewash and shutter repair.

2009: Liberia Plantation

April 3-6, 2009


Ithaca, New York: Located in Stewart Park, the boathouse has been home to the Cascadilla Boat Club as well as an auxiliary space for Ithaca Youth Bureau. The Boat Club had been forced to give up second floor use due to egress and other safety issues. The project included window repair and the scraping, cleaning, painting and minor wood repair on the veranda.

2008: Cascadilla Boathouse

April 11-13, 2008


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Students traveled to the Eastern State Penitentiary where they worked with the site's conservation staff to stabilize one of the nation's most historic prisons.

2007: Eastern State Penitentiary

April 13-15, 2007


New Orleans, Louisiana: In March 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, faculty and about ten students from HPP and CRP joined ranks with groups like ACORN and hundreds of volunteers from across the country for the recovery effort in New Orleans. The Cornell group worked on two projects: gutting several flooded houses in the devastated Ninth Ward, and developing planning documents for the reuse of the St. Roche Market building. HPPA was able to provide more than $1,000 in assistance to students for travel and materials related to this work.

2006: New Orleans

March 2006


New York, New York: Work Weekend returned to Ellis Island.

2000: Ellis Island

March 24-28, 2000


New York, New York: Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument “Historic preservation and planning students from Cornell University are undertaking a volunteer venture to stabilize a neglected structure on Ellis Island -- the Commissioner's House. In doing so, they hope to attract support that may lead to a full-scale rehabilitation of this national monument.” Press release.

1999: Ellis Island

March 25-28, 1999


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