Fenwick Hall continues to be studied. The Graduate Program in Historical Preservation, MSHP. Joint program of Clemson & the College of Charleston is currently researching and documenting the Fenwick Hall Plantation.
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is a collaborative effort between Clemson University and the College of Charleston. The program, which is based full time in Charleston, South Carolina, offers the Master of Science in Historic Preservation and the Certificate in Historic Preservation.
In Spring 2011, a semester-long project was begun by the Advanced Architectural Conservation Graduate Class in the joint program in historic preservation through Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Taken as an elective in the student's fourth semester of the program, the course was taught by Frances Ford, architectural conservator, and Richard Marks, restoration contractor. The spring of 2011, the students focused their research and investigations on Fenwick Hall.
Fenwick Hall has been a mysterious puzzle and the students hope to answer some of it's secrets such as wha the original contruction was, what changes have been made, how and why they were made and when they were done. The class used Fenwick Hall as their laboratory to study the structural elements and materials of the building. Each student chose a specific topic of interest to research in depth. The product of their studies resulted in a cumulative report of the initial investigations to Fenwick Hall.
The research topics this semester were as follows: -Evolution of Design: by Alissa Keller & Shelton Converse -Wood and Timber Framing: Laura Beth Ingle, Grace Washam, Rebecca Moffatt, and Christine Mathieson -Masonry and Motar Analysis: Kristina Lanphear, Lauren Cannady and Lora Cunningham. -Water Management Systems: Ryan Pierce -Hardware: Grace Washam -Finished: Entire Class
HBAS measured drawing of Fenwick by MSHP students
Stono River side of Fenwick Castle as measure and drawn by the students of C of C & Clemson Historical Preservation Program
Assistant Professor Amalia Leifeste and Class of 2013 teaching assistants Pam Kendrick and Liz Shaw accept the second place Peterson Prize award for the MSHP drawings of Fenwick Hall. Photo courtesy MSHP.
MSHP Program places 2nd in Peterson Prize Drawing Competition
A student competition of measured drawings, the Charles E. Peterson Prize is presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service,the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects. The annual competition, currently in its 31st year, honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA (1906-2004),founder of the HABS program, and is intended to heighten awareness about historic buildings in the United States and to augment the HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress. In addition to generating over 5,800 sheets of drawings for the collection to date, the competition presents awards totaling $7,500 to the winning student teams. Drawings must be of a building that has not been recorded by HABS through measured drawings, or be an addendum to existing set of HABS drawings that makes a substantial contribution to the understanding of the significance of the building.
SECOND PLACE AWARD: $2,500
Project: Fenwick Hall Location: Johns Island, South Carolina Program: Clemson University / College of Charleston, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation Instructors: Amalia Leifeste; Ashley R. Wilson, AIA Team Leaders: Pam Kendrick, Liz Shaw
COURTSEY COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Professor Richard Marks guides the students researching the ancient manor house.
Although few structures exhibit the exact floor plan of Fenwick Hall, a variety of examples exist to provide a source of comparison. The use of assymetrical floor plan on the first floor is most commonly found in structures dating from 1725 until the early 1740's. After this time, the central hall plan dominates room configuration for approximately the next twenty years.
The Fenwick family frequent correspondence and trips returning to England would have exposed them to the unique Octagonal wing designs before become popularized in the colonies.
The property at Fenwick Hall was developed following the ideals of Palladianism. Many of Palladio's designs featured pairs of flanking buildings that were constructed symmetrically to balance a central structure. Auxiliary buildings served as a stud barn for Fenwick's famous prize-winning thorouhbred horses and the other for their Coach horses and carriages. These two flanking buildings were designed as free standing structures that were constructed to each side of the main house. These flanking buildings were most likely connected to the main house by an arcade or hyphen.
ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE COLLEGE RESEARCHERS ARE MADE
David Weirick measuring the ancient roof timbers in the attic of Fenwick Hall. Photo courtsey College of Charleston
SECOND FLOOR PLAN
MSHP Graduate Students continue to research Fenwick Hall. Here the density of the summer beam and others are being checked in the Great Room. 2.2011
CUT THRU OF FENWICK HALL
FURNISHING FENWICK HALL ! YEAH !
Richard Marks, of Richard Marks Restoration instructs and discusses the Fenwick Hall Building with students of the Clemson/College of Charleston Historical Preservation 2.2011
Original Doors being documented/measured. Each door is measured, drawn and documented by the Historical Preservation Researchers.
Internal Wall structure is being analyzed and documented. Here Professor Richard (Moby) Marks teaches hands on in the former dining room. More Fenwick Hall Hospital Pink!
Wall thickness between the original 1730 section and the 1750 Octagonal Wing.
2013 MSHP Graduates with Dr Carter Hudgins
Class of 2013 MSHP
Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation- Dr Carter Hudgins
Prof Richard Marks III, Richard Marks Restorations Inc.
Prof Ashley Wilson, AIA, ASID
May 2013 MSHP Party Time! Congrats Grads!
Richard Moby Marks giving a lecture on Fenwick's construction
Graduation Party Time for 2013 Graduates of MSHP. Gotta love the moss...
May 2011 Graduation Party!
Watercolor by MSHP Historical Preservationist & Architect, Syra Valiente, 2011. One of Lulu's best friends!
College of Charleston Graduation Party
2012 Graduation Party MSHP
Clemson/College of Charleston MSHP students that spend semesters/years researching the antique relic from colonial america
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