Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Scott Reynolds Nelson
In 1910 Williamsburg, Virginia was a small, quiet, Southern town. By 1935 the hamlet had become the site of the most extensive historic preservation effort of the twentieth century. An important part of this project involved the creation of Merchants Square, a shopping district displaying colonial architectural references built to house the businesses displaced as a result of the Williamsburg Restoration. Using sources such as Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, photographs, architectural drawings, newspaper articles, diaries, correspondence and official reports, this project analyzes the events leading up to the creation of Merchants Square, what made the center effective, how it changed life in Williamsburg, and how the center reflected architectural and planning trends outside of Williamsburg.
Morrill, Matthew, "The Development of Merchants Square: Colonial Imagery and the Consequences of Redevelopment in Williamsburg, Virginia and Other Small Towns, 1910-1955" (2009). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 249.
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