Daniel Bluestone to speak at Rapson Hall

A. J. Davis’s Belmead: Picturesque Aesthetics and Slavery

Date: 03/21/2011

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: 100 Rapson Hall

Cost: Free


Daniel Bluestone
Director, Historic Preservation Program, University of Virginia

A. J. Davis’s Belmead: Picturesque Aesthetics and Slavery (Preservation on a Layered Site)
Monday, March 21, 6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall
Salovich Fund Dean’s Lecture

Explores Alexander Jackson Davis’s 1840s design of the Belmead plantation in Virginia for Philip St. George Cocke, one of the 20 largest slaveholders in the United States, and Cocke’s radical break from the classical plantation architecture of the region. The Belmead site has undergone an extraordinary adaptive reuse by members of the Drexel family of Philadelphia and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament who opened boarding schools for African American girls and boys on the site, modeled on the pedagogical ideas of Booker T. Washington.

Daniel Bluestone is a specialist in 19th–century American architecture and urbanism. His most recent book, Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation (W. W. Norton, 2010) surveys the changing history, nature, and politics of historic preservation in the United States between the early 19th century and today.


  • Name: Laura Walton
  • E-mail: lwalton@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: College of Design

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