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...]

2012 Book Prize Candidates

Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas John H. Stubbs and Emily G. Makas Wiley Publishers Buildings, Landscapes, & Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation Daniel Bluestone W.W. Norton Celebrating Egg Harbor 1861-2011  (two volumes) Egg Harbor Historical Society Egg Harbor Historical Society Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentuck Community Douglas A. Boyd University of Kentucky Press Eldorado! The Archaeology of Gold Mining in the Far North Edited by Catherine Holder Spude, Robin O. Mills, Karl Gurcke, and Roderick Sprague University of Nebraska Press Essays in Early American Architectural History Carl R. Lounsbury University of Virginia Press John James Audubon's Journal of 1826: The Voyage to The Birds of America Edited by Daniel Patterson University of Nebraska Press Out of Many, One People James A. Delle, Mark W. Hauser, and Douglas V. Armstrong University of Alabama Protecting Heritage in the … [Read more...]

2012 Book Prize Call for Submissions

The Center for Historic Preservation at The University of Mary Washington seeks nominations for its 2012 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 2011 Historic Preservation Book Prize, it must be first available in the United States between January 1, and December 31, 2011 (copyright 2011). Letters of nomination and six (6) copies of the nominated book must be postmarked byJanuary 6, 2012, and sent … [Read more...]

2011 Book Prize Winner Announced!

The 2011 Historic Preservation Book Prize, sponsored by the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation, has been awarded to Line, Shade and Shadow by Lois Olcott Price. Oak Knoll Press, HES & DE GRAAF Publishers, and the Winterthur Museum published Line, Shade and Shadow in 2010. Line, Shade and Shadow is both a beautifully illustrated exploration of the evolution of architectural drawing craft and an innovative discussion of the preservation of these drawings. In light of the increasing reliance on computers and computer-aided techniques, this volume provides a timely and welcome reminder of a fading craft. This connection to the history of architectural drawings’ brings to mind the original intent of architects and builders. Drawing is a creative act and in architectural drawings one can see not only the record of the buildings and landscapes but also the creative process that brought them about. In addition, architectural drawings can be the last vestige of … [Read more...]

Chris Young ’11 at the Saving Places Conference

The Center for Historic Preservation partially funded Chris Young's ('11) trip to the Saving Places Conference in Denver, Colorado. The following are his thoughts from the conference: At the beginning of February, I was granted the opportunity to speak at the 2011 Saving Places Conference in Denver, Colorado. I received my invitation over winter break and within hours, I accepted and finalized my plans for the trip. My email invitation included the words Colorado and historic preservation within the same sentence. It was an easy decision and I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. Despite brief notification, Colorado Preservation Inc and the Center for Historic Preservation at UMW agreed to support my trip. So, before I knew it, I was en route to Denver and headed to present at one of the largest preservation conferences in the country. … [Read more...]

2011 Book Prize Candidates

The Victory Album: Reflections on the Good Life after the Good War Philip D. Beidler Univ. of Alabama Press Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory Daniel Bluestone W.W. Norton & Co. Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials Greg Dickinson, Carole Blair, and Brian L. Ott Univ. of Alabama Press The Architectural Legacy of Wallace A. Rayfield: Pioneer Black Architect of Birmingham, Alabama Allen R. Durough Univ. of Alabama Press Cemeteries Keith Eggener W.W. Norton & Co. The Idea of Cultural Heritage Derek Gillman Cambridge Press This House, This Town: One Couple's Love Affair with an Old House and a Historic Town Robert Hamblin SEMO Press Beyond Preservation Andrew Hurley Temple Univ. Press Cahokia Mounds: America's First City William Iseminger The History Press The American Department Store: Transformed 1920-1960 Richard Longstreth Yale Press Carolina Cottage: A Personal History of the Piazza House Margaret Ruth Little UVA Press Green … [Read more...]

2011 Book Prize Call for Submissions

The Center for Historic Preservation at The University of Mary Washington seeks nominations for its 2011 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 2011 Historic Preservation Book Prize, it must be first available in the United States between January 1, and December 31, 2010. Letters of nomination and six (6) copies of the nominated book must be postmarked by January 3, 2011, and sent to: Andrea Livi … [Read more...]

Chemistry and Historic Preservation: A Collaborative Research Project on Bricks and Mortar

The blog Between the Cracks details two undergraduate students’ work as researchers partaking in the Summer Science Institute program at the University of Mary Washington. Sarah Smith, majoring in Chemistry, and Chris Young, majoring in Historic Preservation, spent the last 8 weeks of the ten week program researching and testing brick and mortar samples from some of Fredericksburg’s most historic structures. The samples extracted from each building underwent a series of tests to determine the elemental concentrations of calcium, sulfur, iron, silica, and magnesium. With this information, Sarah hopes to link the bricks with kilns used in 18th and 19th century Fredericksburg. Chris aims to scientifically distinguish the different periods of construction at the Mary Washington House, ca. 1772. The re-evaluation of building materials can add to the historic descriptions of the buildings as well as aid in the remediation techniques used in the preservation of historic buildings. The blog … [Read more...]