Justin W. Gunther

  • B.S., biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000
  • M.F.A., historic preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2004

"Responsible stewardship of our past requires that the inheritors of our history understand and value it. For me, educating and exciting students about the importance of our collective past is both extremely enjoyable and rewarding."

Justin W. Gunther | Historic preservation professor

Awards, recognition and honors

  • Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 Honoree, Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project and Pittsburgh Magazine, 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, SCAD, 2008


  • Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, board member
  • Ten Chimneys Preservation Advisory Committee, member
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Recent Past Preservation Network
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Association for Preservation Technology
  • International Working Party for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites
  • Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO)

Previous Positions

Manager of Restoration, George Washington's Mount Vernon; curator of buildings and collections, Fallingwater

Publications and presentations



  • "Fallingwater's Interiors: Rustic Elegance and Flexible Living," In Fallingwater, edited by Lynda S. Waggoner, 2011
  • "The Kaufmanns of Fallingwater: Modern Tastemakers," Modernism Magazine: 34-41, 2011
  • "George Washington, American Palladian, at Mount Vernon," Palladiana, 2009
  • "Historic Color: Fallingwater," in Color Planning for Interiors, edited by Margaret Portillo, Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
  • "Mount Vernon: An Architectural Identity," Society for Commercial Archeology Journal, 2006
  • "Historic Signs of Savannah," Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2004



  • Fallingwater, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Museum of Art's Private Domains/Public Displays: The Modern House Interpreted Symposium. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Paper: "Preserving and Interpreting Fallingwater at 75," 2011
  • Preservation Society of Newport County's Newport Symposium. Newport, Rhode Island. Paper: "Fallingwater: A Modern Villa in Harmony with Nature," 2009
  • Mount Vernon's The George Washington Symposium. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Paper: "Fixing Fallingwater: The Challenges of Preserving a 20th-century Icon," 2008
  • Center for Palladian Studies' Palladio: From Rome to America Symposium. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia. Paper: "Designing the Virginia Capitol," 2002
  • Williamsburg Institute's Jefferson and the Capitol of Virginia Symposium. Williamsburg, Virginia. Paper: "The Creation of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Capitol," 2002