• The Menokin Foundation
  • Virginia, United States
  • 2012 - 2013

The crumbling plantation home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, had fallen into disrepair and was in urgent need of restoration.

Barker Langham produced a vision for the future of the house and its 500-acre estate, as well as business and interpretive plans that would help Menokin transform into a new model for historic house museums, showcasing creative techniques and new practice in conservation.

Our imaginative proposal to restore the lost parts of the house in glass is now in development in partnership with architects Machado Silvetti. This method will turn the building into not only a museum but also an object in itself, and an inspiration for architects, conservators and visitors alike.

The Menokin Foundation has recently received funding to realise the vision, using our plans as advocacy for the project.