John Cullinane Associates
Architects & Preservation Planners
This internship at a small architecture office involved work on historic housing and non-historic housing projects located on naval bases within the Northeast region of the United States. The firm received a commission to perform rehabilitation and renovation work on naval housing in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York. Each residential building had to be individually photographed and assessed for its physical condition and contributing historical features. In addition, the buildings were placed within the overall historical significance of the base and within United States naval history.
As an intern, I helped produce historic structures reports for each naval base. This included writing an architectural description for each contributing structure, writing an overall history of each base, and selecting appropriate images. This internship provided an opportunity to witness the Section 106 process in action and apply concepts discussed in the preservation law course. In addition, I had to learn a new set of architectural vocabulary to describe each building and provide a logical description for someone who may not be familiar with architecture.