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Tiffany glass, Dining room, Kingscote, Newport, Rhode Island. McKim, Mead and White.

Course Number and Title

Architectural Conservation Lab (HP382L)




HP175, 301, 342


Spring 2010
Tues, Thurs 12:30-2:00 pm
Thurs 2:00-4:50 pm


Lecture, lab- and field-based course


Philip C Marshall, Professor
Mobile 508.951.8562
Office: Arch 247

Email address provided in class

Office Hours

Advising hours will be posted on my faculty office door each week, a week in advance.

Feel free to call or text me on my cell phone any time.

Please sign up and bring an agenda. If you plan to discuss drafts, proposals, drawings, field notes, photographs, or similar material, please leave a copy in my faculty mailbox with a note asking me to preview your work at least two days before your meeting — to provide enough time to consider carefully your work before getting together.

Catalog Description

"This course surveys the manufacture, composition, properties, uses, craft traditions, and conservation of traditional building materials and systems – wood, metal, glass, decorative finishes, and masonry – and the architectural context in which they are employed. Lectures, readings and discussions are supplemented by site visits, field trips, workshops and laboratory exercises to understand historic American construction technology and contemporary conservation practices. (4 credits)"
    RWU Catalogue

Course Goals

Refer to Schedule (Spring 2010)

Goals and objectives are to explore the interrelationship of scientific, artistic, historical, preservation, and related disciplines and the way they come to bear on the understanding and conservation of historical materials and techniques. There is an emphasis on the relationship between academic studies, research, laboratory experiments, feild experience, and professional practice.

Course Materials

Readings are primarily Web based. You must print out hard copies of all assigned reading before their due date. You are expected to use the printouts for highlighting, making marginal notes and comments, and identifying issues, subjects and questions you wish to discuss. Carefully organize readings, assignments and other material in your course binder(s), which will be handed in.

Student Participation

  • Attend all classes, site visits, and field trips
  • Work as involved, responsible member of all project teams
  • Actively participate in class discussions
  • Complete assignments (word-processed or electronic, when written) by due dates
  • Advise faculty about any concerns, tutoring, and special needs
  • Come to site visits prepared, with necessary tools, equipment, and supplies

Evaluation (Grading Policy)

  • Attendance, active participation mandatory
  • Assignments

Syllabus – Schedule of Class Meetings

Spring 2009


  • Course lecturers, with discussion
  • Course readings, followed by class discussion
  • Course readings, followed by independent analysis
  • Course readings, followed by quizzes
  • Team-oriented class conservation assessment of sites
  • Independent, self-directed documentation of a particular site
  • Guest lecturers, field trips, and visits to specialists -- with your active participation in discussion
  • Site visits, conducted independently by students, alone or as a
  • Site visits, conducted by the entire class


Refer to Assignments

Schedule of Class Meetings

Refer to Schedule

Equipment and Supplies

A Conservation Site Tool Kit list will be reviewed in class.
A digital camera will be needed for several assignments.