The mission of the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, a nonprofit organization, is to provide leadership, technical assistance, and advocacy to preserve, develop, and manage historic properties and other cultural resources in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.
The Trust formed in 1992 as a public/private venture to innovate historic preservation in Fairmount Park. The William Penn Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation provided start-up funding and, in 1993, Philadelphia City Council passed City Ordinance #505 authorizing the Trust to secure long term leases for historic properties. The Fairmount Park Historic Preservation is a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving the preservation, management, and development of historic buildings, sculpture, and landscapes in Philadelphia's public park system and other city-owned properties. The Trust also provides architectural conservation services throughout the Philadelphia metro area.
Our Senior Staff
Lucy Strackhouse has been Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust since 2006 and has served in various capacities at the Trust since 2002. Ms. Strackhouse holds an anthropology degree from Penn State University and a historic preservation certificate from Bucks County Community College. Significant projects include the leasing, restoration and adaptive reuse of Ohio House, one of two buildings remaining from the Centennial Exhibition, the leasing of Bathey House for use as a café, and the leasing of Allen’s Lane Art Center. Prior to 2001, Ms Strackhouse voluntarily served as Chair of Heritage Markham, a historic architecture review board in Markham, Canada. Board and committee positions include; Abington Township Planning Commission, Lower Moreland’s HARB, the Friends of Lemon Hill, the Preservation Alliance Old House Fair Committee and the Abington Orthodox Meeting House Restoration Committee.
Director of Conservaton
Ray Tschoepe grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. After spending a number of years in medicine as both a researcher and scientific illustrator, he returned to Penn and was graduated from the Master’s program in Historic Preservation. Mr. Tschoepe worked for almost 10 years as an independent restoration contractor before joining the staff of the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust in the summer of 2000. As the Trust’s Director of Conservation, he leads a talented staff of conservators and apprentices in architectural conservation projects throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Mr. Tschoepe is a longtime member of the adjunct faculty of the historic preservation program of Bucks Co. Community College where he teaches a core course in Building Conservation. He lectures at conferences and workshops throughout the country and was recently appointed to the position of contributing editor for the Old House Journal. Mr. Tschoepe also serves as Chair of North Wales HARB.
Tom joined the Fairmount Park Trust in 2006, having previously worked on the conservation and restoration of historic finishes at the Pennsylvania State Capital since 2002. Tom graduated from the University of Delaware, where he earned a BFA in sculpture and a minor in art history. At the Trust, Tom has served as both project leader and collaborator on various conservation projects, including the Woodlands curved bay and palladian window restoration, the Centennial Comfort Stations exterior restoration, the Strawberry Mansion entry hall paint removal, the Water Works Grand Pavilion column restoration, the Fox Chase Farm window restoration, and the Glen Fern Smokehouse restoration.
Originally from New York, Lauren Drapala studied Art History and Latin at Smith College and moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to earn her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Lauren's thesis and post-graduate work focused on the conservation of the decorative plaster ceiling and finishes of Robert Chanler's Whitney Studio, NY. Before joining the Trust staff in 2011, Lauren had worked as an intern at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the conservation of the exterior cornice at Mount Pleasant, and worked at the Architectural Conservation Laboratory on ongoing preservation projects at Mesa Verde National Park and Pipe Spring National Monument. Lauren serves on the board of the Philadelphia Area Conservation Association, and also writes for the Philadelphia-based online magazine Hidden City Daily.
Institutional Giving Manager
Kevin Roche joined the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust in June 2012. Mr. Roche serves as the Institutional Giving Manager for the Trust and its frequent partner, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, assisting both organizations in their fundraising efforts to support the preservation and improvement the Fairmount Park System and its assets. Before joining the Trust and Conservancy, Mr. Roche spent four years with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, first as a Development Associate and then as the organization’s Institutional Giving Manager. Born and raised in Orange County, New York, he attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Philosophy before relocating to Philadelphia in 2006.