Thomas H. Taylor Jr.

  • Bachelor of Architectural History, University of Virginia, 1971
  • Master of Architectural History, University of Virginia, 1973
  • Ph.D., American civilization, George Washington University, 1989

"To preserve our country's cultural heritage so that the future may learn from the past."

Thomas H. Taylor Jr. | Historic preservation professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Special Achievement Award for outstanding job performance, National Park Service, 1974; Patriotic Service Award, National Park Service, 1978; Harley J. McKee Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Preservation Technology, Association for Preservation Technology, 1989; Fellow, Association for Preservation Technology International, 1989; NATO/CCMS Fellow in Brick Conservation, Brick Pilot Study Committee, 1990-1994; Fellow, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 1999; Scholar in Residence, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, 2003-2004; Resolution of Thanks for Leading Two Katrina Damage Assessment Teams, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 2006


American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Association for Preservation Technology International, Vernacular Architecture Forum, International Council of Monuments and Sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Trades Network

Previous Positions

Construction worker, Commonwealth Engineering Company, Arlington, Virginia; research assistant, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Charlottesville, Virginia; assistant to the librarian, University of Virginia Fine Arts Library, Charlottesville, Virginia; field investigator, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, Richmond, Virginia; supervisory architectural historian, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.; certificate, The Attingham Trust for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections, Attingham Park, England; certificate, Architectural Conservation Training Course, International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Rome, Italy; director, architectural collections management and conservation and chief architectural conservator, Research Division, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia; certificate, Venice Stone Conservation Course, United Nations, Venice, Italy; certificate, Advanced Course in Architectural Conservation, International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Rome, Italy; director of architectural conservation, Tudor Place, Georgetown, D.C.

Publications and presentations

Books and articles


  • "The Restoration of Williamsburg," Williamsburg, Virginia: A City Before the State, 1699-1999, A 300th Anniversary History. Williamsburg, Virginia: The City of Williamsburg (2000): 179-190
  • with N. Pappas. "Paint Analysis and Interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg." Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings, Roger W. Moss, ed. Washington, D.C.: The Preservation Press, 1994
  • "Collections in Historic Structures: A Review of Recent Progress", APT Bulletin. Vol 29, No. 3-4 (Fall, 1998)
  • T. Taylor et al. "Nondestructive Evaluation of a 19th Century Smokehouse in Colonial Williamsburg, VA", Proceedings, International Conference on Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Historic Building. Southampton, UK: Institute of Computational Mechanics, 1989
  • T. Taylor, ed. "Museums in Historic Buildings", Proceedings of the Museums in Historic Buildings Symposium II, New Orleans, LA, 1991. Fredericksburg, VA: Association for Preservation Technology, 1991
  • "In Situ Repair of Architectural Glass", Adhesives and Consolidants, Reprints of the Contributions to the IIC Paris Congress, 2-3 September 1984, N. S. Brommell, ed. London, UK: International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
  • Publications of the National Bureau of Standards Related to Building Technology (1901-1960). Ottawa, Canada: Association for Preservation Technology, 1980
  • "Lighting Historic House Museums", APT Bulletin vol. 31, no. dd1 (2000):7
  • T. Taylor et al. "Planned Preservation Project Completion Report: Peyton Randolph House", unpublished report, John D. Rockefeller Research Library. Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2002.