Architectual Historian To Discuss Preservation Of Baylor Buildings

Nov. 2, 2004

by Julie Campbell Carlson

During the 1960s, Baylor University toyed with the idea of razing Old Main and Burleson and constructing a new library in their place. Luckily, that idea was shelved, and instead the university renovated the historic buildings.

Dr. Daniel Reiff, Distinguished Service Professor emeritus at State University of New York at Fredonia and former instructor of art history at Baylor, will discuss the preservation of the university buildings at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the museum studies lecture hall at the Mayborn Museum Complex. "The Preservation of Burleson and Old Main: A Personal History" will include a slide presentation and is free and open to the public.

Reiff received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree from Harvard University and also conducted graduate study at the Universite de Liege in Belgium. He taught at Baylor from 1964-67 and was a teaching fellow at Harvard from 1967-69. He joined the SUNY Fredonia faculty in 1970 and served as chair of the department of art from 1985-88.

He is the author of Houses from Books: 1738-1950, A History and Guide; Architecture in Fredonia, New York, 1811-1997: From Log Cabin to I.M. Pei; and Small Georgian Houses in England and Virginia: Origins and Development through the 1750s, among others.

Reiff has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1981, 1984), Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (1991), Victorian Society in American book award (1999) and the Historic Preservation Book Prize (2001).

His lecture at Baylor is co-sponsored by Baylor's department of museum studies and the Texas Collection. For more information, call 710-1233.

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