This site is dedicated to my investigations and reconstructions of lost architecture and art. By remaking
my subject buildings and landscapes as computer models, images, and animations, I can study their design visually,
spatially, tectonically, and abstractly. The reconstruction of lost architecture is based on deciphering
and analyzing notes, letters, maps, drawings, photographs, and other materials -
and then synthesizing built form through a variety of methods.
Graphic and digital dimensions of architectural history are now essential to our stories - written descriptions alone are inadequate. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America's first professional architect, knowing this, wrote in 1807: "To give an adequate description of a building unaccompanied by drawings, is always a vain attempt ... ".
The forensic methods I've developed are applicable to many disciplines, such as academics, engineering, archaeology, and law. Please contact me for design, architectural analysis, consultation, or fine art visualization.
Six of my digital recreation images were used in today's CBS Sunday Morning segment on the burning of Washington, which happened 200 years ago on 24 August. I'm very excited to be a part of this first-class production which includes Architectural Historian Emeritus William C. Allen.
I'll give a talk to the Beersheba Springs (TN) Historical Society on the design of the classical log cottages and the site plan of the original 1855 community.
I gave a lecture on the lost architecture of the Jefferson-era Capitol, as designed by B. Henry Latrobe. Most of the building's interiors were gutted by fire in 1814. My recreations and lighting studies bring the chambers back to life. Many thanks to the Evergreen House and Curator James Abbott for inviting me to speak. By the way, go visit this fabulous house museum in Baltimore.
I lectured on the lost architecture of the Jefferson-era Capitol, as designed by B. Henry Latrobe. Most of the building's interiors were gutted by fire in 1814. My recreations and lighting studies bring the chambers back to life. This talk was taped and is available on CSPAN3.
Lecture at the Jewish Center of Princeton.
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society awarded me another fellowship for my research on the Capitol.
My fifteen page article for The Capitol Dome has been published by the USCHS and includes several full page recreation images of the lost 1814 Capitol created by Latrobe and Jefferson.
I'm writing another article about my research, this one is for The Capitol Dome, the magazine of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. It'll have the all the latest images. I'll let you know when it's published.
I wrote a Guest Blog about depiction of the Capitol in Spielberg's movie "Lincoln" for castingarchitecture.com. It was disappointing that Spielberg was so diligent in getting certain details perfect, like the ticking of Lincoln's watch, but made the Capitol so terribly wrong.
Take a look at my short movie trailer posted here. The struggle to build the Capitol during Jefferson's administration is an incredible tale of brilliant design and construction and of incredible perseverance. I will be reposting my project on Kickstarter soon, so keep an eye out.
My interview made the cover of the Daily Single. Here's the pdf.
My article about America's first Statue of Liberty (1807-1814) in a research journal at the Ecole Polytechnique (page 67). Le Libellio d'Aegis.
My Kickstarter Launch! Go now and help make this movie a reality! It's a major contribution to architectural history and to the American experience. Go to Kickstarter.
My drawing of the Capitol under construction won an Award of Excellence from ASAI.
See Richard's recent article and his ground-breaking images in Le Libellio d'Aegis, published at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.
Profile of Richard Chenoweth in Vanderbilt Magazine.
My reconstruction of the Paris grain market from 1786 won an Award of Excellence from ASAI.