Architectural historian to speak on Menokin at RW-C
, 2015

Architectural historian to
speak on Menokin at RW-C

Architectural historian Calder Loth will speak at 3 p.m. July 19 at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington.

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His topic will be Menokin, the 18th-century home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence, reported Menokin Foundation assistant director Leslie Rennolds. 

Menokin stood until the late 1960s, when the home fell into ruin. Loth will address the historic and architectural significance of Menokin, the factors that allowed the home to deteriorate, the work done by the Menokin Foundation to save the property and the plans for Menokin’s future, said Rennolds.

In a career spanning four decades, Loth, as senior architectural historian at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, shaped the direction of historic preservation programs from survey and National Register listings to rehabilitation tax credits, review and compliance, and preservation easements.

He is a long-standing member of the Virginia Art and Architecture Review Board. His expertise has shaped the preservation and renovation of many buildings including the Virginia State Capital and the executive mansion.

In 2008, Loth received the first annual “Secretary of the Interior Historic Preservation Award” given by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.  He has been an honorary trustee of the Menokin Foundation since its inception in 1994.

The presentation is free for Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury residents and $10 for others. RSVP to Menokin Foundation, 333-1776, or Refreshments will follow the presentation.

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