Baylor Professor Receives Publication Award

Nov. 17, 2005

by Angela Best

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, professor in museum studies at Baylor University, was one of three winners of the 2005 Publication Awards at the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) conference Oct. 12-15 in Fort Worth, Texas.

"The 2005 SESAH Publication Awards reflect the true diversity of research being conducted by southern architecture scholars," said Dr. Catherine Zipf, chair of the SESAH awards committee and a professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. "From a 19th century Alabama mill town and an 18th century landmark in Spanish Texas to a 1930s college campus in Illinois, this year's award winners cover a wide range of architectural types and subject matter."

Hafertepe was presented the 2005 Article Award for "The Romantic Rhetoric of the Spanish Governor's Palace, San Antonio, Texas," published in "Southwestern Historical Quarterly" in October 2003.

Hafertepe documented the effort to preserve and restore this unique American historic site while exploring the questions of authenticity and identity.

"The author's prose analyzes the value of this rare, mid-18th century historic building, providing readers with a new interpretation of a legendary National Historic Landmark," said Zipf. "The article's well-written and thoroughly researched treatment of a Texas landmark will be appreciated by scholars from beyond the Texas borders."

The 2005 SESAH Publications Award Committee consisted of Zipf, Catherine Bishir of Preservation North Carolina and Travis McDonald of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest in Virginia.

SESAH was founded in 1983 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta to promote scholarship on architecture and related subjects and to serve as a forum for ideas among architectural historians, architects, preservationists and others involved in professions related to the built environment.

For more information on SESAH or future SESAH conferences, visit www.sesah.org.

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