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2020 SESAH Publication Awards

SESAH’s 2020 Publication Awards were announced at its Virtual Conference on 1-2 October.  Four categories of publication are recognized annually: Best Book, Best Journal Article, Best Essay published in an edited volume, and Best guidebook that increases knowledge and awareness of architecture in the southeast region.

Book Award

Richard Campanella, Tulane University

The West Bank of Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2020.

A well-researched and engaging account of a rarely studied urban landscape, which raises multiple interesting and timely questions.

Journal Article Award

Willa Granger, University of Texas at Austin

“‘Order, Convenience, and Beauty’: The Style, Space, and Multiple Narratives of San Felipe Courts,” in Buildings & Landscapes 26, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 32-47.

An ambitious but fully realized and well written account of housing in Houston, Texas.

Essay Award

Lydia Mattice Brandt, University of South Carolina

“The Dangers of Preserving while Popular: The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association’s Image of Mount Vernon versus Contemporary Architecture,” in Stewards of Memory, The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, ed. Carol Borchert Cadou, et al. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018), 150-72.

The essay seamlessly ties history, historic preservation and contemporary architecture into a compelling story.

Guidebook Award

Gerald Moorhead, with James W. Steely, Willis C. Winters, Mark Gunderson, Jay C. Henry, and Joel Warren Barna

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.

Another excellent addition to the Society of Architectural Historians “Buildings of” series.