In 2005 While I was running the digital documentation studio for Frazier Associates I enjoyed working on this challenging project for the Rosewell Foundation. My task was to create accurate, architectural documentation of the remaining masonry walls of this once grand house on the York river in Gloucester County, Virginia. You can read more about the house here.
Documenting ruins is a little different than a standing building. The goal is less about presenting a description of building in its “platonic essence” and more about presenting it as it actually is at this moment in time. Capturing the way a wall, tower, or chimney is leaning becomes rather important! To this end, I prepared the building prior to the photo shoot by fixing special targets that could establish a level datum line (using a laser level).
The drawings and photographs produced for this project were used by architects Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker to create a “Blueprint for the Preservation of the Ruins at Rosewell” which consisted of a history, an structural analysis, an archaeological report, and stabilization plan.