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. B. 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.
Wow, I'm so happy to hear the Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers FAIA and the U.S.C.H.S. have awarded me another research fellowship! This research will be on Latrobe's design for an Egyptian Revival Library of Congress. The project never was realized, but I will build it digitally and bring you into the great reading room so you can experience it yourself. It would have been the first example of the Egyptian style on this continent.
Join me, Clopper Almon, and the APC's party of preservationists on a guided architectural tour of the southeastern Cumberland Plateau. We will visit Sewanee, Monteagle, and Beersheba Springs. Clopper and I will do the tour of Beersheba, telling the story of this mid-19th century resort development that seems to be frozen in amber, its fascinating vernacular architecture, and the families that frequented the springs over the past 160 years. Find out more.
I'll give a talk on my reconstructions of the small resort community Beersheba Springs, Tennessee,
including the grand hotel, twenty original cottages, and other structures. This stage of the
community was developed between 1855 and 1860 and many of the cottages are unique combinations
and hybrids of log pen construction, dogtrot and creole types, and either carpenter-classical
detailing or gothic Victorian detailing.
My second article published for The Capitol Dome. This is a long discussion about the early American struggle to create a monumental Statue of Liberty. Success in 1807.
Another progress 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've finished a giant 30 inch x 60 inch gang sheet of architectural elevations of the grand hotel, springhouse, and the twenty original cottages, many of which I reconstructed based on physical and photographic evidence.
Another 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.
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.
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 C-Span3.
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.
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.
Profile of Richard Chenoweth in Vanderbilt Magazine.
My reconstruction of the Paris grain market from 1786 won an Award of fExcellence from ASAI.
Lecture at the Jewish Center of Princeton.
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society awarded me another fellowship for my research on the Capitol.