Department of Architecture and Historic Preservation


Public Engagement

The Architecture and Historic Preservation Department is responsible for the research, maintenance, and preservation of the built environment at Montpelier.  This includes over 130 historic buildings spanning three centuries, as well as the ongoing reconstruction of the buildings in the South Yard.

Architecture and Historic Preservation Projects and Resources

The Architecture and Historic Preservation Department at Montpelier is responsible for so much more than the upkeep of the main house.  Beginning in 2015, the department has actively been researching and reconstructing the South Yard, preserving various buildings across the site, and managing an architectural study collection of over 15,000 artifacts and documents.  To learn more about these projects and more, click an image to the right.

Montpelier Digital Collections Project

Montpelier Digital Collections Project

The Architectural Fragment Collections

The Architectural Fragment Collections

LEARN Log Cabin Workshop

LEARN Log Cabin Workshop

Digging Deeper Blog

Our blog is the place to learn about the day to day projects happening in the Architecture and Historic Preservation department.  No two days are the same at Montpelier, so our blog is a place to see what’s happening behind the scenes.

LEARN Log Building with Us!

Learn historic log building methods alongside preservation staff and historic craftsmen. No experience necessary!

The Team

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Jennnifer Wilkoski Glass, MA

Director of Architecture and Historic Preservation

Jennifer Wilkoski Glass began her career at Montpelier with the Department of Architectural Research, working closely with the historians and craftspeople on the restoration of Montpelier. She holds a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington, and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After the completion of the restoration, Jennifer moved to Williamsburg and worked with Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects. She returned to Montpelier in 2015 to lead the architectural reconstructions in the South Yard. Her research interests include 18th and early 19th-century Chesapeake architecture, traditional building practices, and historic preservation.


Elizabeth Sweeny, MA

Architecture and Historic Preservation Specialist

Elizabeth (Betsy) Sweeny received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri in Art History and Anthropology, as well as a minor in Architectural Studies.  She received her MA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  At Montpelier, her interests include public programming, 20th century cultural landscapes, and collections management.  Her research explores the ideas of agency and identity as it is expressed through the built environment. Betsy is passionate about community engagement and making history accessible for all.


Christopher Warring

Preservation Technician

Chris Warring is the Preservation Technician on staff. He graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in Historic Preservation, and worked as a restoration intern at Monticello. His focus is in building conservation and measured drawings.