2014 Book Prize Winner Announced!

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The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize to “Old Buildings New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations” by Françoise Astorg Bollack. The Center for Historic Preservation awarded the 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize to “Old Buildings New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations” by Françoise Astorg Bollack. “Bollack’s book is provocative for historic preservation in the United States and worldwide,” said Gary Stanton, chair of the jury and associate professor of historic preservation at UMW. “[The book] proposes ways of seeing, valuing and designing that not all readers will approve or appreciate. Yet the value of the discussion is not brought forward by a slow evolution of the language of rehabilitation and reuse, but by the articulation of contrasting active design concepts.” The center awards the Historic Preservation Book Prize annually to a book that a jury … [Read more...]

Book Prize Candidates Announced

The call for candidates for the 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize is now closed. As in previous years, candidate books come from a variety of fields and focus on sites around the country and the world. Check out the list of books here. The jury will meet in March, with the winner announced in April. Happy preservation reading! … [Read more...]

2014 Book Prize Call for Submissions

The Center for Historic Preservation at The University of Mary Washington seeks nominations for its 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize.  Established by the Center in 1988, the Historic Preservation Book Prize is awarded annually by a jury of preservation professionals to the book deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the field of historic preservation in the United States.  In making its selection, the jury focuses on books, which break new ground or contribute to the intellectual vitality of the preservation movement.  Entries may come from any of the disciplines that relate to the theory or practice of historic preservation.  Nominations may be made by any source. In order for a book to be eligible for the 2013 Historic Preservation Book Prize, it must be first available in the United States between January 1, and December 31, 2013 (copyright 2012). Letters of nomination and six (6) copies of the nominated book must be postmarked by January 6, 2014, and sent … [Read more...]

Book Prize Winner Lecture!

Book Prize Winner Lecture

Please join the Center for Historic Preservation in welcoming the 2013 BOOK PRIZE WINNER, Paul Hardin Kapp, as he presents Synergicity. Monday October 7 at 5 pm in Combs 237. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there! … [Read more...]

2013 Book Prize Winner Announced!

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2013 Historic Preservation Book Prize to “SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City,” edited by Paul Hardin Kapp and Paul J. Armstrong. “In response to the gripping question of how to renew the postindustrial city, the authors of the essays in the book propose a fascinating viewpoint,” said Cristina Turdean, jury chair and assistant professor of historic preservation. “The book does a superb job in making the reader think in a holistic and practical way of the forces and factors that could and should play a role in the transformation of dormant industrial infrastructure and communities into vibrant urban centers.” The center awards the Historic Preservation Book Prize annually to a book that a jury deems has made the most significant contribution to the intellectual vitality of historic preservation in America. Kapp is an associate professor of historic preservation at the University of … [Read more...]

Student Report: VAM Conference

At the end of Spring Break I was able to attend the Virginia Association of Museums Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia, at the Homestead Resort. The resort, founded in 1766 was beautiful and was a beautiful setting for this conference. This annual conference brought together many of Virginia’s museums for a collaboration and exploration of key topics in the museum world. I was able to attend several interesting talks covering topics from disaster planning to dressing mannequins with historic costumes- a process that really is an art form in itself. I was also able to attend a session focused on, the not so interesting yet crucial aspect of the resume and the interview. It was helpful to hear from professionals on what they look for in potential employees. The conference also offered an expo of museum industry vendors, such as a mannequin company as well as a design group who produces exhibits, to a moving company that specializes in moving collections. Overall the conference was a … [Read more...]

Student Report: Southeast Museum Conference

This November, I had the chance to attend the Southeast Museum Conference annual meeting. The meeting was held in Williamsburg, Virginia at the Williamsburg Lodge. The meeting lasted three days and over 500 museum professionals attended. Throughout the course of the conference I attended seven sessions covering: collections and digital questions, design ideas every museum professional should know, care of historic houses, exhibit fundamentals, how to approach large projects, how to maximize volunteer output, and how to write conditions reports. Through these sessions, I was able to increase my knowledge of the workings of museums and what it takes to be successful in the museum profession. I was also able to form good connections, through networking, with professionals in a plethora of museums from a myriad of places, which will help me when I am searching for internships and jobs. This conference is recommended for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the museum profession. I … [Read more...]

2013 Book Prize Call for Submissions

The Center for Historic Preservation at The University of Mary Washington seeks nominations for its 2013 Historic Preservation Book Prize.  Established by the Center in 1988, the Historic Preservation Book Prize is awarded annually by a jury of preservation professionals to the book deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the field of historic preservation in the United States.  In making its selection, the jury focuses on books, which break new ground or contribute to the intellectual vitality of the preservation movement.  Entries may come from any of the disciplines that relate to the theory or practice of historic preservation.  Nominations may be made by any source. In order for a book to be eligible for the 2013 Historic Preservation Book Prize, it must be first available in the United States between January 1, and December 31, 2012 (copyright 2012). Letters of nomination and six (6) copies of the nominated book must be postmarked by January 30, 2013, and sent … [Read more...]

And Another Year Here and Gone…

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This past year was a busy one for the Center for Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington. Hosting numerous speakers in addition to sponsoring the annual Historic Preservation Book Prize, the 2011-2012 year was one filled with much success. The year began with a visit from public historian Dr. Heather Huyck on October 5, 2011. Dr. Huyck’s visit was co-sponsored by both the Center for Historic Preservation and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Mary Washington. With a lecture titled, “Hard Hats & High Heels: Women Working in Historic Preservation” the main focus of Huyck’s presentation was to discuss future job opportunities for preservation students and the preparations they should be making in order to maximize their potential. October continued with a visit from Lois Olcott Price, author of Line, Shade and Shadow: the Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings and winner of the 2011 Book Prize. Currently the … [Read more...]

2012 Book Prize Winner Announced!

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The 2012 Historic Preservation Book Prize, sponsored by the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation, has been awarded to Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity by Jeffrey M. Chusid. W.W. Norton & Company published Saving Wright in 2011. Saving Wright is a comprehensive and compelling case study detailing the history and preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House, a 1924-1925 residence in Hollywood, California. From the unique perspective of a former resident, Chusid provides a detailed account of the structures design, the clients, construction, materials, stewardship, and preservation. Included within this study is the often ignored aspect of the workman’s impact on design, in this case the use of the innovative textile-block system and its installation. He also deftly tackles the conservation issues that are arising with more modern buildings - how to manage the interaction between innovation … [Read more...]