James Garvin

James GarvinJames Garvin
Graduate Teaching Lecturer, Historic Preservation

Phone: (603) 856-4871
E-mail: jlgarvin@plymouth.edu
Website: james-garvin.com


James Garvin’s work experience has focused on an understanding of material culture, especially that of New England. Working as the curator of a historic preservation organization, as a museum curator, and as an architectural historian and building investigator, he has attempted to understand historical methods and materials of fabrication, the evolution of style, and the most effective means of preserving and interpreting the legacy of the past.

Degrees and Education
  • PhD, Boston University
  • MA, University of Delaware
  • BA, University of New Hampshire
  • AS, Wentworth Institute

Research Interests
  • History of American architecture
  • History of engineering
  • Building investigation
  • Traditional methods and materials of construction

Recent Publications
  • A Building History of Northern New England, 2001
  • On the Road North of Boston: New Hampshire Taverns and Turnpikes, 1700-1900, 1988, 2003

Awards and Distinctions
  • University of New Hampshire, Granite State Award with Donna-Belle Garvin, 2011
  • New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Award for leadership in historic preservation, 2011
  • Honorary Member, New Hampshire Chapter, American Institute of Architects, 2004
  • Society of Architectural Historians, Antoinette Forrester Downing Award for A Building History of Northern New England, 2002

Associations, Boards and Committees
  • Editorial Advisory Board, New Hampshire Historical Society
  • Historic New England Properties Committee
  • Honorary member, Strawbery Banke National Council

Courses Taught
  • HPR 5310 Historic Methods and Materials of Construction
  • HPR 5320 Building Investigation and Evaluation

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