The Clemson University / College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation initiated a new program during the fall semester when it welcomed its first Historic Preservation Experts-in-Residence. Carl Lounsbury, senior architectural historian with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Willie Graham, Colonial Williamsburg’s Curator of Architecture, spent two days in October reviewing and commenting on research conducted by MSHP students at Fenwick Hall and conducting an on-site workshop for First-Year Students on the identification and interpretation of architectural change at the Aiken-Rhett House. In addition to shadowing and coaching MSHP students, Graham and Lounsbury also presented lectures, Graham on the evolution of timber framing in the Chesapeake and Lounsbury on regionalism in early American building.
Architectural conservator and paint analyst Susan Buck assumed her residency in early November. A conservator in private practice who specializes in the conservation and analysis of historic architectural wall finishes, Buck is an innovator in the application of paint analysis as an archaeological tool to identify and interpret changes over time to interior wall finishes. Her lecture summarized her recent work sponsored by the World Monuments Fund conserving the interior of an 18th-century theater in the Imperial City in Beijing. Following her lecture, Buck led MSHP Second-Year students in a conservation lab course through a workshop on historic methods of painting that began with hand grinding pigments.
Two historic South Carolina buildings are the subjects of architectural documentation drawings by Clemson University and College of Charleston students that won both first and second prizes in the Charles E. Peterson Prize competition.
The annual awards, co-sponsored by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects, recognize the best set of measured drawings prepared to Historic American Buildings Survey standards and donated to HABS by students.