Architectural Reconstruction and the Andy Warhol Factor

Author(s): Andrew Edwards

Year: 2014


Part of the Colonial Williamsburg’s new emphasis on interpreting the American Revolution to its visitors is the reconstruction of what was known as the Public Armoury, a weapons and material repair operation located in the center of Williamsburg between 1778 and 1780. Part of that operation included the commandeering of a residence on the adjacent lot in order to house the Armoury’s tin workers. After the war, this house became the home of a free African American family, one of the few such structures known in the Historic Area. Although today the reconstructed building depicts a busy tin smith’s shop, it served as a residence for 73 of its 75 years, at least the last 30 as that of a free black family. This paper explores the archaeological evidence for both uses and how the new reconstruction speaks to both.

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Architectural Reconstruction and the Andy Warhol Factor. Andrew Edwards. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436650)

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PaperId(s): SYM-9,04