Kennywood Expansion Masterplan
53-112: Theme Park Design and Guest Experience
Professor Shirley Saldamarco
Fifth Year, Fall 2015
In this group project I worked with an interdisciplinary team of 3 other students- 2 engineers and one dramaturgy major. Over the course of a semester we developed a comprehensive expansion plan for Kennywood Amusement Park. The expansion was largely an “adaptive reuse” of old Pennsylvania Railroad warehouses located down a steep ravine from the park’s historic circa 1898 core.
Guests enter a recently opened part of Kennywood, one that reflects the inventive spirit of Victorian era Pittsburgh in the height of its day. This section of Kennywood was intended to be built to herald in the new century, the 20th century. The plans to build this section were lost in park founder Anthony Kenny’s old Kennywood construction files. Now, those files have been found and the expansion has finally been built as it would have been in 1898.
It takes guests back to an amusement park in the golden age of Pittsburgh’s inventiveness set against a backdrop of industrial and architectural innovations with a steampunk whimsy.