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Isaac Royall House

Constructed circa 1732, the Royall House is a great representation of early Georgian Architecture in the American Colonies.

Constructed circa 1732, the Royall House is a great representation of early Georgian Architecture in the American Colonies.

The Preservation Collaborative recently completed as-built documentation for the Isaac Royall House. Built circa 1732, this mansion house was home to wealthy sugar plantation owner Isaac Royall. He died two years after arriving in 1738, leaving the estate to his son, Isaac Royall Jr., who resided here with his family until the eve of the American Revolution.

This building is well known in New England for one of the last freestanding slave quarter structures north of the Mason-Dixon Line. It is a reminder of northern slavery, a study which has been gaining ground for quite some time. An archaeological dig was conducted in the 2000′s, along with several new scholarly books being published which focus on the house and occupants from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.

Our work involved documenting the floor plans and elevations of the existing building for future study of the building’s history. You can learn more about the Royall House and its exciting history here: http://www.royallhouse.org/

Shepherd Brooks Estate

Image of the Brooks Estate as it appears today!

Image of the Brooks Estate as it appears today!

The Preservation Collaborative spent the summer, fall and winter months extensively documenting the Shepherd Brooks Estate manor house. Work included documenting the 21 room building on three floors, plus full basement and exterior elevations.You can read more about the Brooks Estate restoration here: http://www.brooksestate.org/