The Menokin Exhibition and Conservation Center


In the 18th century the Menokin site became the plantation home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Georgian mansion, built for he and his wife in 1769, has been vacant and slowly deteriorating since 1960, and is currently unstable, with over 80% of its original material in a state of collapse. The Menokin Foundation aspires to approach the conservation and interpretation of the house in a truly innovative and revolutionary way. Their philosophy is to stabilize and exhibit the historic fabric that remains, while giving the public a unique understanding of the irreplaceable portions of the artifact, and by representing them with a completely different material; glass. The Foundation selected an interdisciplinary group of respected professionals led by Machado and Silvetti Associates to address this challenge.

The project concept proposes to stabilize, preserve, and interpret the Menokin House; (a National Historic Landmark), its ancillary buildings and landscape, while featuring the delicate marriage of the "old" and "new," maintaining their distinct characters, and establishing a necessary synergetic relationship between the formal, environmental, and structural interdependence between the two. At present the project's Concept Design phase is complete, which included a detailed concept summary, pricing set and concurrent comprehensive stabilization package.

Year: 2013
The Menokin Foundation
Warsaw, Virginia

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