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Camille Wells

Lecturer
Department of Architectural History

phone: 924-6440
email: cwells@virginia.edu

 
Camille Wells is a lecturer in the Department of Architectural History at the University of Virginia. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Wake Forest University, a masters degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in early American history and material culture from the College of William and Mary. She worked as an architectural historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation and for the state historic preservation offices in Kentucky, Maryland, and North Carolina. Before coming to the University of Virginia, she held faculty positions at the College of William and Mary and at Mary Washington College. Her major areas of teaching and research include American architecture and landscapes from the period of early European Settlement to the Civil War, women and architectural issues, the theories and methods of material culture, and the relative contributions of architectural fieldwork, documentary investigation, and archaeological excavation to the making of good architectural history. Current research includes a book about the early Virginia house which centers on the narrative of Menokin, an eighteenth-century mansion built for Francis Lightfoot Lee in 1770. This structure is now the object of stabilization and restoration efforts in which she is closely involved. She also recently won a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to complete dendrochronological analysis of a set of colonial Virginia houses for which dates of construction have long remained a mystery.

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