Preserving a Remarkable WWII Pacific Island Battlefield

Today, it's a quiet, secluded spot, neglected and overgrown. But during World War II, it was the site of a controversial and savage battle.


The western Pacific island of Peleliu, in the Republic of Palau, housed a heavily fortified Japanese airbase. General Douglas MacArthur deemed it a strategic necessity to capture this airfield before he could proceed with the Philippine invasion. What remains today represents one of the most intact and evocative yet nearly forgotten WWII sites in the Pacific. In this course, you'll discover how unique preservation efforts are aiming to restore Peleliu to its rightful place in history.

Learning objectives

  • Understand many of the complex issues involved with the preservation, interpretation, and reuse of sites representing dark chapters of human history
  • Learn about state-of-the-art preservation and stabilization techniques for historic reinforced concrete, an increasingly common concern as modern-era reinforced concrete buildings begin to age
  • Identify cultural influences of various societies as reflected in unique physical representations of shared built environments
  • Understand components of developing a sustainable cultural tourism program
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  • Stanley O. Graves Headshot

    Stanley O. Graves


    Senior Principal | Architexas-Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation

    Stanley O. Graves, FAIA, with over 35 years of historic preservation experience, joined ARCHITEXAS...
  • Larry Irsik Headshot

    Larry Irsik


    Senior Principal | Architexas-Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation

    Larry Irsik joined ARCHITEXAS in 1985, is a Senior Principal with the firm, and opened the Austin...