Doing Memory: 'Structure as memory,' a case study of George Wahington's Mount Vernon Estate

Open Access
Jackson, Chloe M
Graduate Program:
Master of Arts
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
April 09, 2008
Committee Members:
  • Alan M Sica, Thesis Advisor
  • historic site preservation
  • collective memory
  • monuments
The term “memory” is often paired with places, monuments and other physical objects, but the term is usually used as a metaphor to identify such sites and structures as memory markers or stores of information. The purpose of this study is to explore the properties of structure as memory by first, redefining the relationship between structure and memory, and second, by analyzing the history and current condition of the Mount Vernon Estate to identify guidelines for future study. In addition to the guidelines identified, there are two principle findings of this study, with regards to the Mount Vernon Estate as memory: structures are malleable both in meaning and in its (re)construction, and preserved historic sites are temporally static.