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Mount Vernon’s Director of Preservation to speak at the Orlando Ridout V Memorial Lecture


Historic Annapolis and the Maryland Historical Trust invite you to virtually attend the fourth annual Orlando Ridout V Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, November, 17, 2020 at 7pm. The lecture is free, however reservations are required and can be made here. Donations are encouraged and an anonymous donor has agreed to match each donation made dollar for dollar up to $3,000.

Following an introduction by Robert C. Clark of Historic Annapolis and Marcia Miller of the Maryland Historical Trust, Thomas Reinhart, Director of Preservation at George Washington's Mount Vernon, will present the lecture No Other Guide But His Eye: The Design and Construction of George Washington's Townhouses on Capitol Hill.

In 1798, former President George Washington undertook the building of two joined rental houses near the US Capitol in a bid to encourage development in the new federal city. While the structures do not survive, an extremely detailed written record of their construction provides insight in to their construction and building practices in the early Federal period.

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, guests will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

About the Presenter: 
Thomas Reinhart is the Director of Preservation at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He previously served as Administrator of Architectural Research at the Maryland Historical Trust. Mr. Reinhart is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Virginia with a BA in Classics and holds an MA in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in the Athenian Agora, Ancient Corinth, Crete, and at Caesarea Maritima in Israel. Mr. Reinhart also holds an MA in Architectural History/Preservation from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Mr. Reinhart has varied teaching experience and his research interests include the architectural expression of Catholicism in Maryland from 1634 to 1850 and the transmission of architectural ideas through the British Atlantic world in the 18th century. His work at Mount Vernon includes the restoration of the neoclassical New Room, the iconic cupola, and the recently completed restoration of the 1760s front parlor.