April 23 Lecture Announced: The Virtual Archaeology of Three Washington D.C. War of 1812 Sites

Stephen Hansen's recreation of the Old Brick Capitol

Stephen Hansen’s recreation of the Old Brick Capitol, the structure built by Washington’s citizens to house Congress following the burning of the Capitol in 1814.

The April lecture in the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s series of War of 1812 programs will feature the work of Stephen A. Hansen, an architectural historian and historic preservation specialist and principal at DC Historic Designs, LLC, whose skill in virtual archaeology makes the past come alive. The Virtual Architectural Archaeology project combines the analysis of historic documents, photographs, and drawings with the latest in computer technologies to virtually recreate Washington’s lost (or nearly lost) built environment.  Architectural historian Stephen Hansen will discuss the process of recreating several lost Washington buildings that have specific links to the War of 1812: the General John Mason house on Analostan (Theodore Roosevelt) Island, Blodgett’s Hotel, and the Old Brick Capitol.
Stephen Hansen's recreation of Blodgett's Hotel

Blodgett’s Hotel


The lecture will be held at Noon on Wednesday, April 23 in Ketchum Hall in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building at 200 Maryland Avenue, N.E. The event is free and open to the public. Preregistration is recommended.