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Frederic C. Detwiller, AIA - Architect, Preservation Planner


Education:              MS Historic Preservation, Columbia University School of Architecture, 1982

                                AB, Architecture, Princeton University, 1968

Massachusetts Registered Architect 1988 MA License No. 7347


Professional        •  2004-5 New England Landmarks architect and preservation planner.

Experience:            Set up professional website Current projects: Scotch Plains, NJ Frazee House museum preservation plan for Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary International 100th Anniversary. Historic Structure reports for Col. James Barrett Farm, Concord, MA., Orchard House, Concord School of Philosophy with David M. Hart Enterprises. Preservation research with McGinley-Kalsow & Assoc. for the Watertown Historical Society Headquarters, used as the Massachusetts Provincial Legislature’s Council Chamber in 1775-6, MA  Preparation of National Register Nomination forms in Salem, Marblehead, New Bedford, Cohasset and Winchester MA for the National Architectural Trust.

•  1985 to 2003 - McGinley Hart & Associates, Architects and Planners,

                                 architect and preservation planner for projects in greater Boston and New England.  Author, illustrator and photographer, his skills include research, documentation, evaluation reports, program development, contract documents, drawings and specifications for restoration work.  Projects include:

     Restoration/Renovation, Contract Documents for organizations, including the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association (Save America’s Treasures Grant 2001); Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield, MA; Independent Christian Church, Gloucester Massachusetts; Ingersoll-Gardner Coach House for the Shirley-Eustis House Association; Charlestown Naval Shipyard Ropewalk Building for the Boston Redevelopment Authority; Wellesley, MA Village Church; and the Gov. Wentworth-Coolidge House, Portsmouth NH.

     Environmental Impact Assessments for Mass Highways bridge and highway projects and MBTA Commuter Rail historic resource evaluation, documentation and potential effect assessments. Central Artery/Tunnel Project’s Historic Considerations Report for evaluation of CA/T Joint Development Parcel Design Guidelines; Report of the Project Conservator; coordinated environmental impact/mitigation study (APA Award, 1990).

Historic Structure Reports, Preservation Plans and Documentation for landmarks including Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association and Thoreau Birthplace, Concord, MA; Gov. Bellingham-Cary House, Chelsea, MA; Old Stone Mill and Powder House, Somerville, MA; Facilities Management Plan for the Preservation Society of Newport County, RI; Light Boston, Inc., Nashua Manufacturing Co., Nashua, NH; Boston’s Summer St., Congress St. and Northern Ave. Fort Point Channel Bridges among many others.

•   1980 to 1985 - Governors Shirley-Eustis House, Boston - Restoration Director for the Exterior and interior restoration of ca.1746-50/1800 Massachusetts Governors’ mansion with R. G. Neiley  Architect. Prepared site histories of Fort Hill, Post Office Square and Rowe’s Wharf for developers.

•   1975-1980 - Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities - Architectural Historian.  Prepared Historic Structure Reports, Preservation Plans, HABS documentation for landmarks including Adams National Historic Site, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House and the African Meetinghouse in Boston  National Historic Park, as well as the Old Town Hall in Salem, Massachusetts

•   1970-1974 -  Salem Heritage Plaza East, Restoration Specialist for Salem’s Heritage Plaza East, Front Street restoration (1975 AIA Honor Award) and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, with architect James H. Ballou of Salem, MA.

•   1968 to 1970 - Faneuil Hall Markets Project - Exterior Restoration with F.A. Stahl and Architectural Heritage, Inc., Associates, Boston, Massachusetts. Historic American Buildings Survey at Historic Richmondtown, S.I., NY.


Special               •  Appleton-Caner-Gardner Award for Historic Preservation, 1991

Recognition:      •   Charles Bulfinch Award for Restoration and Preservation, 1981


Professional       •   Boston Society of Architects, AIA.  Registered, Massachusetts, 1988

Affiliations:        •   National Trust for Historic Preservation

                           •   Society of Architectural Historians

                           •   Association for Preservation Technology

•   Vice President Natick Historical Society


Publications &  •   “Everyman’s Petit Trianon – Boston’s Great Estates of the            Lectures:                Revolutions”  Devens Lecture, for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
                                MA  2000.

•   “Orchard House”; “A. Bronson Alcott, Transcendental Architect” for the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association, Concord, MA, 1981, 1996.

•   “History of the North End Cityscape, 1635-1950” with David Hart, McGinley Hart & Associates, to the North End Historical Society, Boston, MA, 1993.

•   “Town and Country in the Revolution”; “Evolution of The Loring-Greenough House” for the Tuesday Club of Jamaica Plain, MA, 1982, 1998.

•   “18th and 19th Century Carriage Houses and Barns”; “Meetinghouses of Oldtown” for the Natick Historical Society, Natick, MA, 1998, 2001.

•   “Bulfinch’s Europe”, for the Society of Architectural Historians; “The Shirley-Eustis House – Home of Two Massachusetts Governors”, 1991

•   “The Way They Were”, Boston Town & Country in the 18th century, for the Old South Meetinghouse Association, Boston, MA, 1984.

•   “A New Perspective on Charles Bulfinch” for the Doric Dames, State House, Boston, MA1981.

•   “Boston's Georgian Legacy: A Reappraisal” at Eliot House, Harvard University for New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, 1980.

•   “Faneuil Hall” for the Boston Heritage Series of the Boston Public Library and National Historic Park, 1980.

   “Vestiges of Boston’s Church in Brattle Square” for the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Dublin, NH, 1979.

  “Lafayette, Nous Voici!” with Ellen M. Detwiller, Tableaux Vivants for American Association of Teachers of French, Boston Latin School, 1976, 1989.

   “Boston in 1755” (Mss) Demogaphy of Boston in Building Damage and Ground Motion During the 1755 Cape Ann Earthquake for Prof. Robert Whitman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978, 2002.

    “Thomas Dawes, Boston's Patriot Architect”, Old-Time New England, Ser.   249-50,1977.


         (complete list of publications and lectures available upon request)


© 2006 Frederic C. Detwiller