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Declaration signer’s home sees unique preservation effort

Boston's Machado and Silvetti Associates will fill the structure with glass

December 06, 2014 04:00PM

The Warsaw, Virginia home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee

The Warsaw, Virginia home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee

The Warsaw, Virginia home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee is an crumbling ruin. But now a unique preservation scheme promises to save the historic landmark.

What remains of the 1769 brick-and-stone dwelling – 80 percent of the building materials are missing – will be filled with structural glass by Boston’s Machado and Silvetti Associates, according to Curbed.

The home was deemed a National Historic landmark in 1971, but by that time the roof had collapsed, and most of its interior woodwork was removed. The idea for the glass shell came from Charles Phillips, an architect working the documentation and preservation of the building’s collapsed pieces. [Curbed]Christopher Cameron

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