Andalusia Big House Preservation Planning

  • 11 Sep 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Andalusia, 1237 State Road, Andalusia, PA 19020
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Title: Andalusia Big House Preservation Planning

Location / Date / Time: Andalusia, 1237 State Road, Andalusia, PA 19020 

Sept. 11, 2014

 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Session Description:

Andalusia is the ancestral home of the Nicholas Biddle family in lower Bucks Co., PA consisting of 12 acres and multiple buildings on the bank of the Delaware River 13 miles north of Philadelphia. The Big House residence was constructed in three campaigns between 1797 and 1835, the latter two from designs by Benjamin Latrobe and Thomas Ustick Walter. The current house museum is an icon of American Greek Revival style as applied to a residential structure. Daniel T. Campbell, AIA is currently leading a team of an historian, a materials conservator, engineering consultants and a cost estimator, in researching and producing an Historic Structure Report for the Andalusia Big House and two out-buildings. While probes remain open from the examination of the Big House, attendees will see the physical evidence of the construction chronology and learn of discoveries made during the HSR investigation.

Speaker’s Bios:

Dan Campbell is a registered architect with 25 of experience, specializing in historic preservation. Dan has produced historic preservation documents on scores of projects; conducting the architectural conditions-assessments himself, while leading and directing teams of consultants in the structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, cost estimation and archival collections fields. Dan has administered construction contracts on multiple restoration projects at significant National Register and National Historic Landmark buildings, in Philadelphia, southeast PA, NJ and DE, many with award-winning and published results. In private practice in Chester County, PA, Dan currently specializes in the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, design of sensitive additions to historic buildings for accessibility and code compliance, and the design of new residences in traditional styles.

Andrew Fearon received his MS in Historic Preservation, concentration in architectural conservation, from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. For 20 years he has worked in the field of conservation encompassing decorative arts, architecture, and archeological materials. In 2006 he joined the Philadelphia based firm of Materials Conservation as an architectural conservator specializing in wooden materials, architectural finishes, and masonry. He has worked with institutions such as New York State's Bureau of Historic Sites, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recently, Andrew has completed projects at Jefferson's Monticello, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Roosevelt Memorial, the Rodin Museum, New York Public Library (statuary), and the Trenton Capitol State Park. In 2009 Andrew served as instructor of the Architectural Finishes Practicum with the UPenn Summer Program at Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall, England and in 2010 as the instructor of the Historic Building Materials Catalyst at the University of Minnesota. Since 2010 he has served as instructor for the Conservation Seminar in Wood as part of UPenn Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Andrew is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Learning Objectives:

1. To learn the historical context of Andalusia in the late 18th, and entire 19th and 20th centuries, as it relates to the development of the Philadelphia region and the growth of the new federal republic of the United States.

2. To learn the chronology and development of the Big House during its 40 year construction period, through three building campaigns, including two additions by nationally known architects.

3. To see the investigative techniques and the physical evidence revealed during the architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical research portions of the HSR project.

4. To learn about the Historic Structure Report process from investigation through documentation and publishing of the report in National Park Service format, and hear the recommendations for preservation, restoration and conservation, which will be contained in the report.

Total Continuing Education Units: 2 CEU

HSW or SD Units: 2 HSW

Daniel T. Campbell, AIA, 930 Oakbourne Road West Chester, PA 19382 Ph/Fax: 610-344-3402 Mobile: 484-947-8229

APT-AIA CEU Program Info Andalusia.pdf