Civil War Graffiti

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So while this batch of shots may not be the context photos you’re looking for, @vinson.blanton , as they do not include the specific figure drawing from the previous post which prompted your question, i’m sharing these as context nonetheless because they show the general shape of the attic and gives a sense of how its walls are covered in a good variety of graffitti. The project was as follows: these spaces could never be ADA compliant – or even generally accessible at all – without significant destruction to the original house so we documented the attic as it has survived and created a 100% facsimile which is now on view in a new facility (accessible at grade and open to the public in Fairfax). It is, I believe, the largest collection of Civil War graffiti in one location. The story behind it is that construction of the house was just being completed when it was abandoned and occupied by Union soldiers from Ohio, if memory serves. They were mostly teenagers, and used all manner of media to while away the hours and make their marks on what were recently freshly plastered surfaces. #aaslestadpreservationconsulting

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