James 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