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Professional Credentials
Larson Fisher Associates

Neil Larson

Jill Fisher Professional Credentials

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University of Delaware, Newark DE 1980
Winterthur Fellowship in Early American Culture Studies


Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 1976
General and Departmental Honors

Work History


Principal, Larson Fisher Associates (formerly Neil Larson & Associates) consulting business specializing in historic preservation, planning, architecture and museum services


Researcher, writer and lecturer specializing in historic architecture, cultural landscapes and material culture


Adjunct Professor of History and Associate of Hudson River Valley Institute, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY


Executive Director, Hudson Valley Study Center, State University of New York,
New Paltz, NY


Adjunct Professor of Art History, SUNY, New Paltz, NY


Curator/Acting Director, Dutchess County Historical Society, Poughkeepsie, NY


National Register and Survey Field Worker, New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation, Albany, NY

Professional Affiliations


Vernacular Architecture Forum, Washington, DC
Member since 1984, Annual Meeting Chair, 1986; Board of Directors, 1989-1992; VAF Award Committee Chair, 1991-1993; First Vice President, 1997-1999; Nominating Committee Chair, 1997-1999; Web Site Committee Chair, 1997-1998; Web Master, 1998-2001.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY
Member since 1997, Board of Trustees, 1997-2009; Byrdcliffe Property Committee Chair; Collections Committee Chair; Vice President & Secretary, 2005-2009.

Maverick Concerts, Inc. Woodstock, NY
Member since 2010, Trustee, 2010-, Building Committee, pro bono restoration consultant.

19th Century. The Magazine of the Victorian Society in America
Editorial Advisory Board, 2001-.

1 East 60th Street Historic Foundation (for the preservation of the Metropolitan Club), NYC.
Trustee, 1999-.

Dutch Barn Preservation Society, Rensselaer, NY
Founding Trustee, 1986, Trustee 1998-2007; Publications Committee, 1990-92; Restoration Grant Review Committee, 1996-2003.

Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture, Kingston, NY
Trustee, 2010-, Education Committee, editor of quarterly newsletter.

Construction History Society of America, Atlanta, GA
Member since 2005.




Books, Articles and Catalogs

2006 “Building a Stone House in Ulster County, New York in 1751,” Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Construction History. Cambridge: Construction History Society, 2006, Vol. 2, 1867-1881.
2005 "What Makes Modern Historic? - Mid-20th Houses as Historic Resources," paper presented at Preservation 360, preservation conference organized by the Preservation Foundation of Saratoga Springs, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, March 19, 2005.


BOOK REVIEW: The President as Architect: Franklin D. Roosevelt's Top Cottage (Albany NY: Mt. Ida Press, 2002) by John G. Waite Associates, Architects in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 61, no. 2 (June 2002) 260-261.


The Jonathan Hasbrouck House. New Paltz, NY: Hasbrouck Family Association, 2000.


BOOK REVIEW: Morningside Heights: A History of its Architecture and Development (NY: Columbia UP, 1998) by Andrew Dolkart in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 59, No. 2 (June 2000) 260-261.


"Lewis Graham's House in Pine Plains [NY]: A Revolutionary Log Building." The Hudson Valley Regional Review. Vol. 12, No. 1 (March 2000) 56-79.


Planning Digital Projects for Historical Collections. NY: The New York Public Library, 1999; with support from an Electronic Doorway Library Services (EDL) Demonstration Project Grant in Fiscal Year 1998.


"The Landscape as Historic Evidence: A Review of the Smithfield Valley's Past." Dutchess County Historical Society Yearbook. Poughkeepsie, NY: Dutchess County Historical Society, 1997.


"Dutch Barns in the Town of New Paltz, 1798." DBPS Newsletter, Spring 1997. Rensselaer, NY: Dutch Barn Preservation Society.


"Agrarian Changes: Learning from Barn Additions," in Dutch Barn Preservation Society Newsletter, vol. 1 no. 2 (Fall 1988), pp. 1-2.


"The Dutch Barn, A Functional Perspective," in William D .Walters, ed., Pioneer America Society Transactions, vol. X (1987), pp. 37-41.


"Dutch Stone Houses of New York State," The Old House Journal, vol. XIV, no. 5 (June 1986).


Ethnic and Economic Diversity Reflected in Columbia County (NY) Vernacular Architecture. Washington D.C.: Vernacular Architecture Forum, 1986.


The Masonry Architecture of Ulster County, New York; An Evolution, 1665 - 1935. Washington D.C.: Vernacular Architecture Forum, 1986.


Med Bai Michele Zaccheo, Torrington Connecticut, USA, catalog for an exhibit of furniture and decorative arts at the College Art Gallery , State University at New York College at New Paltz, October 11 - 30, 1981.


 "Portfolio: Michele Zaccheo, "Fine Woodworking, vol. 31, (November/December 1981), pp. 98-99.


Papers and Presentations


“Telling Immigration Stories through Historic Preservation,” Taking Center Stage: Conflict and Collaboration in the Peopling of Massachusetts, 2012 Massachusetts History Conference, June 11,2012.

2012 “The Evolution of Historic Preservation Practice in the Hudson Valley,” presented at Hudson River Heritage Annual Preservation Forum, April 28, 2012.
2010 “The Architecture of Abolition,” David Ruggles at 200 Symposium, David Ruggles Center, Florence MA, April 17, 2010.
2010 “John Vanderlyn’s  Portraits,” Evaluating Art/Re-Evaluating Vanderlyn, Symposium at Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston NY, October 23, 2010.

“Identifying Characteristics of African American Housing After Emancipation, The Story of the Hunterfly Road Houses in Weeksville, Brooklyn,”  presented at at “Researching New York: Perspectives on Empire State Architecture,” November 16, 2006.

2006 “Post World War II Architecture,” presentation in Hudson Valley Architecture Lecture Series, Life Learning Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, October, 6, 2006.

“Keeping Historic Homes Historic, Preserving Historic Fabric in the Repair and Renovation of Old Houses,” seminar for the Hudson Valley Chapter, American Society of Home Inspectors, September 20, 2006.


“Building a Stone House in Ulster County, New York in 1751,” paper presented at Second International Congress on Construction History, Queens’ College, Cambridge, England, March 29, 2006.  This paper was also presented at “From De Halve Maen to KLM: 400 Years of Dutch-American Exchange” organized by New Netherland Institute, Albany NY, June 10, 2006 and for the Ulster County Historical Society, June 9, 2007.


"What Makes Modern Historic? - Mid-20th Houses as Historic Resources," paper presented at Preservation 360, preservation conference organized by the Preservation Foundation of Saratoga Springs, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, March 19, 2005.


"Wealth & Class in Ulster County Stone House Architecture," paper presented at Conference on New York State History, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, June 6, 2003.


"Stone Architecture in Ulster County," presentation made at a forum on vernacular architecture, New York Folklore Society, New Paltz, NY, November 9, 2002.


"Architectural Diversity in the Hudson Valley in 1750," presentation made for interpreter training program at Philipsburg Manor Historic Site, Historic Hudson valley, Inc., Tarrytown, NY, February 20 & 24, 2001.


"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: New Information and Ideas About Worcester's Architecture," presentation made to the members of Preservation Worcester, Worcester, MA, June 22, 2000


"Understanding the Architecture of Your Vernacular House," presentation made for a historic preservation series offered by the Catskill Center for Conservation & Development, Arkville, NY, April 29, 2000.


"Early Brick Houses in the Town of New Paltz," presentation made for the Ulster County Historical Society, Annual Lecture Program, Marbletown, NY, August, 1999


"The Georgian Ideal as Applied to Vernacular Architecture," presentation made at a symposium entitled "A Celebration of New York Georgian Style," commemorating the 200th anniversary of Lindenwald, the retirement home of President Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook, NY, November 8, 1997.


"Ordinary Houses in the Hudson Valley," presentation made for Hudson River Heritage, Inc., Annual Lecture Program, Tivoli, NY, December 5, 1996.


"Little Known Gems and Tidbits of Orange County Architecture, presentation made at Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site, New Windsor, NY, November 3, 1996.


"A GIS Model for Recording and Applying Cultural Resource Data at the Town Level," presentation made to the 12th New York State Geographic Information Systems Conference, October 7-8, 1996.


"Dutchess County Architecture, A Microcosm of Hudson Valley Heritage," presentation made to the Turpin Bannister Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, Troy, NY, April 26, 1996.


"The Rural Plain...In Context," Paper delivered at a symposium of the same name examining the ideas and expression of the plain style in art, architecture and decorative art, 1800-1855. Organized by the Dutchess County Historical Society at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, April 25, 1990.


"Read My Lips! Style Has Meaning in Vernacular Architecture," paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, St. Louis, MO, May 13, 1989.


"German Vernacular Architecture in Old Rhinebeck," presentation made to the Rhinebeck and Clinton (NY) Historical Societies, Clinton Town Hall, Schultzville, NY, February 3, 1989.


"Stone House Architecture in the Stockade," presentation made for the Kingston Urban Cultural Park Commission, Senate House Museum, Kingston, NY December 7, 1988


"New York Dutch Barns: A Functional Perspective," paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Pioneer America Society, Rochester, NY, April, 1986. (This paper has been presented subsequently at various locations with the sponsorship of the Dutch Barn Preservation Society.)


"Evolution of the Dutch Architecture in the Hudson Valley during the 18th and 19th Centuries," paper delivered to the Turpin Bannister Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, Albany, NY, May, 1985.


"Dutch Antecedents of Sunnyside, Real and Romantic," paper delivered at the conference: Washington Irving And The Dutch Tradition, Sleepy Hollow Restorations, Tarrytown, NY, May, 1985.


"The Politics of Style: Rural Portraiture in the Hudson Valley during the Second Quarter of the Nineteenth Century," Masters Thesis, University of Delaware.


"John Vanderlyn's Portraits," paper delivered at Winterthur Museum, Wilmington DE (March 1979) and Senate house Museum, Kingston, NY (September 1980).


"Evolution of an American Shrine: a Historigraphical Analysis of the Interpretation of Washington Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, New York," prepared as part of course work at the University of Delaware and submitted to NYS Bureau of Historic Sites, Fall, 1977.


"A Proposal for the Reinterpretation of the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York," prepared as a work/study project at Vassar College, Spring, 1976.


 Electronic Creations


"Travels Along the Hudson: A Collaborative Digital Library Project on New York State History," New York Public Library and nine other regional libraries and museums (project director).


Vernacular Architecure Forum Web Site, <www.vernaculararchitecture.org>


Hudson Valley Study Center Web Site, <www.newpaltz.edu/hvsc> (site designer and programmer)
    • Hudson Valley Research Directory: an information system of sources on Hudson Valley heritage.
    • Hudson Valley Bibliography: a comprehensive, searchable listing of books about the region.


Cultural Resource Data Base Inventory & Geographic Information System Model