THE MENOKIN GLASS PROJECT TEAM

Leading the Menokin Project Team is architectural firm Machado Silvetti, noted by architecture critic Paul Goldberger as “modernists who have a love of classicism and believe that an architect best respects history not by imitating it, but by teasing its spirit into new forms.”

The firm has won numerous awards, including the first-ever Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

10-year plan for Menokin

The 10-year plan for Menokin — a home of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence — is truly the most unique and engaging preservation project in America today.

That bold statement stems from our approach to every aspect of the project, including how we will conserve the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, interpret the stories of Menokin, and use the 500-acre landscape.

10-year plan for Menokin

The 10-year plan for Menokin — a home of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence — is truly the most unique and engaging preservation project in America today.

That bold statement stems from our approach to every aspect of the project, including how we will conserve the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, interpret the stories of Menokin, and use the 500-acre landscape.

Jorge Silvetti

JORGE SILVETTI

Founding Principal Jorge Silvetti has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 1975; he chaired the Architecture Department from 1995 to 2002 and is currently the Nelson Robinson, Jr. Professor of Architecture.

“It was a privilege to be chosen by the Menokin Foundation as the architects. … With the decisive involvement of the Foundation, this place is on its way to becoming an active and truly unique cultural and historical resource not only for its region, where it will join as a bright star in a constellation of significant sites, but surely for the nation and the world.”

Jorge Silvetti
Founding Principal of Machado Silvetti
Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design

THE GLASS HOUSE

A unique treatment plan for the existing historic house structure has been developed by Machado Silvetti. The firm has, in turn, assembled a multidisciplinary project team with an impressive array of credentials and expertise, including substantial international experience. The new Menokin will create a new paradigm in conservation and heritage management.

The house will not be reconstructed as it once was; rather, innovative display techniques will be used to reveal the historic fabric of the building. The exterior will be partially encased in glass. Indoors, glass will be used in some areas to provide a catwalk and a transparent floor, through which visitors can see from the third floor to the basement. By visually showing the process of reconstruction, the story of Menokin will be told—not as a snapshot in time but as a continuing narrative—while serving as a powerful teaching tool.

MENOKIN PROJECT TEAM

Machado Silvetti
Design Architecture, Lead Consultant
Boston, Massachusetts

Reed Hilderbrand LLC –
Allan Brown,
Consultant
Landscape Architecture
Watertown, Massachusetts

Robert Silman Associates
Structural Engineering
New York, New York

Eckersley O’Callaghan
Glass Design
New York, New York

John Fidler
Preservation Technology Inc.
Marina Del Ray, California

Encore Sustainable Design
Historical Architect
Easton, Maryland

WSP Flack + Kurtz
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
New York, New York

Tillotson Design Associates
Lighting Design
New York, New York

Barker Langham
Interpretive Planning, Business Planning
London, United Kingdom

Faithful + Gould
Cost Estimating
Fairfax, Virginia

“I realized that this idea of using glass to replace what was missing provided an opportunity that was unique. I became fascinated by this concept of using the fabric that’s there and the glass to recreate something that nobody in the historic preservation field has ever done before.

The Honorable W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr.
President, Menokin Foundation Board of Trustees

Tayloe Murphy and Jorge Silvetti pause on the grand staircase at the Octagon House in Washington, DC. This house, built by John Tayloe III, is a sister house to Menokin, which was also owned and occupied by Tayloe during the 19th-century.

MENOKIN FOUNDATION ADVISORY COUNCIL

David G. Woodcock, Chair
College Station, Texas
Texas A&M University
Architecture Department Chair (Retired)

Reid Freeman
New York, New York
James Carpenter Design Associates
Principal

Richard B. Garlock
New York, New York
Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP
Senior Associate & Structural Engineer

Lucy Lawliss
Fredericksburg, Virginia
National Park Service
Superintendent, Fredericksburg and
Spotsylvania National Military Park

Calder Loth
Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Senior Architectural Historian (Retired)

Eryl P. Wentworth
Washington, D.C.
American Institute for Conservation
Executive Director

Matt Webster
Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Architectural Conservator and
Manager of Architectural Collections

James Zehmer
Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia
Historic Preservation Project Manager