Spring 2016 Newsletter

Thank you Laura Gilchrist, Prof. Turdean, Prof. Sanford, and Julie Coates for all your work on this semesters newsletter. Spring 2016   … [Read more...]

Year in Review, 2016


  As the spring 2016 semester comes to a close, the UMW Center for Historic Preservation is excited to congratulate our newest historic preservation graduates. We are also happy to celebrate the end of a successful academic year and a busy year for the Center. For those wondering what the Center for Historic Preservation does to help facilitate our mission of preservation education and community outreach, below are some of the 2015-2016 highlights: • Sponsored and facilitated 5 lectures ranging from laser scanning to economics in historic preservation. • Extensive involvement in four external grants including a historic structures inventory and integrity assessment for the Blue Ridge Parkway ($13,670), a moisture ingress investigation and treatment plan for the Second Bank of the United States ($73,995), a Duff McDuff Green Jr. grant for architectural drawing conservation at UMW ($6,250), and recently a grant secured by Dr. Lauren McMillan from the Council of Virginia … [Read more...]

Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) a Great Success

We were happy to see so many UMW alumni and local Fredericksburg preservationists and firms (go Dovetail!) on the resolution of thanks passed by CNEHA for the conference held this past weekend. Special thanks also goes to Professor Sanford for his hard work on the UMW end and of course the help from the UMW student volunteers! From what we hear things went quite well with great tours, presentations, and of course refreshments! Check out the resolution for a full list of names. RESOLUTION OF THANKS TO ORGANIZERS CNEHA 11 8 2015 … [Read more...]

A Closer Look at the Goodwin House


A Closer Look at the Goodwin House: The North Wing of the Mary Washington House Michael G. Spencer While the south wing of the Mary Washington House, the portion in which Mary lived, has received quite a bit of attention over the years, the Goodwin or north wing of the building has remained shrouded in mystery. However, as students in HISP 461 have looked into the history and begun to examine the materials of the building it has become increasingly apparent that the building is a contemporary of the south wing or Mary’s House and likely dates to the 1760s. Both the south wing and the Goodwin House were likely constructed by Michael Robinson between 1761 and 1771. The first concrete mention of a building, of which I am aware (aside from standard deed/legal language which can often be misleading) is a reference made in one of George Washington's letters noting that his mother Mary has picked a “commodious house, garden and lotts” in Fredericksburg in which to reside (“From George … [Read more...]

Looking at Architectural Salvage from 401 Sophia Street

The demolition of 401 Sophia Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

While difficult to witness, the demolition of buildings like 401 Sophia Street can provide for some unique opportunities. In particular such scenarios allow the historic preservationist the opportunity to examine architectural salvage, particularly structural members, that normally would be inaccessible without destructive analysis. Below are some images, with annotations, of the architectural salvage procured by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation from 401 Sophia Street. … [Read more...]

Student Choice Lecture

Student Lecture

Any questions concerning the lecture can be sent to Michael Spencer at mspen1bi@umw.edu … [Read more...]

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Center for Historic Preservation Examines Moisture Problems at the Second Bank of the United States

The Chestnut Street elevation of the Second Bank of the United States, Philadelphia, PA.

The Center for Historic Preservation received $73,995 in funding over the summer to study ongoing moisture problems at the Second Bank of the United States in Philadelphia, PA. Designed by William Strickland in 1819 and completed in 1824, the bank illustrates well the Greek Revival style. Today the bank is home to a large Charles Wilson Peale collection.   … [Read more...]

Documenting Our Past: Stafford County’s Slavery Site Project

Recent UMW preservation alumna and current Dovetail Cultural Resource Group employee Emily Anderson recently published a story on work being done to document slave related sites in Stafford County, Virginia.  This initiative is sponsored in part by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation. Documenting Our Past: Stafford County's Slavery Site Project … [Read more...]

2015 UMW Center for Historic Preservation Book Prize Winner


Fredericksburg, Va. – The 2015 Historic Preservation Book Prize, sponsored by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Historic Preservation, has been awarded to A City for Children; Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 by Marta Gutman, professor of architectural and urban history at the City College of New York and The Graduate Center/CUNY.  The University of Chicago Press published A City for Children in 2014. In its assessment of this book, the Book Prize Jury especially appreciated Gutman’s interdisciplinary scholarship.  In a wide ranging study that draws upon a multitude of sources, Gutman effectively combines nuanced social history, vernacular architecture, and urban planning with issues of landscape and gender studies that resonate with modern historic preservation.  Gutman’s sharply written study addresses the use and reuse of everyday buildings in Oakland, California by enterprising women who sought to improve urban living … [Read more...]