Recording Historic Fabric:

The Investigation of the Aiken-Rhett House and Outbuildings [FS4]

Tuesday, October 2, 2:00–5:30

Fees: APT Conference registrants–$35  PTN IPTW registrants–$85    Includes: snack, transportation, materials 
Capacity: 35
Transportation: Walkable, departing from Francis Marion Hotel
Dress Code: Casual with sturdy walking shoes
Handicapped Accessibility: Limited
Continuing Education: Yes 

Field Session:
The Aiken-Rhett House Museum (c.1820) in Charleston is one of the few urban complexes with its original outbuildings virtually unaltered since their construction. Historic Charleston Foundation became the steward of the property in 1995 and has, over the last 15 years, funded multiple investigations of the site. Most recently an Historic Structures Report on the outbuildings was prepared by architectural historians Willie Graham, Carl Lounsbury, and Orlando Ridout and paint conservator Susan Buck. This field session in the Aiken-Rhett House back lot will include presentations from architectural historians, archaeologists, and contractors on the collaboration that has served to guide the Foundation in the interpretation and preservation of this singular site.


  • Willie Graham, Curator of Architecture, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, VA, USA
  • Glenn Keyes, Principal, Glenn Keyes Architects LLC, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Carl Lounsbury, Senior Architectural Historian, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, VA, USA
  • Martha Zierden, Curator of Historical Archaeology, The Charleston Museum, Charleston, SC, USA


  • April J. Wood,  Manager of Easements and Technical Outreach, Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Bridget O’Brien, Preservation and Museums Coordinator, Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston, SC, USA

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore methods of recording historic fabric to assess what exists in historic structures and to determine the level of significance before making decisions on interpretation and preservation approaches.
  • Discuss the interdisciplinary study of historic buildings and the collaboration among architectural historians, archaeologists, paint conservators, contractors, and property owners.
  • Explore the larger implications of social history interpretation and the prioritization of the restoration and/or conservation of buildings.
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