Proposed Menokin
Photo by Machado Silvetti Associates

Menokin was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Rebecca Taylor Lee of Mount Airy Plantation. The house was built in 1769 on land once inhabited by the Rappahannock Tribe. In 1971 it was designated a National Historic Landmark for its significance as the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Menokin Foundation was formed to preserve, protect and interpret this important structure.

The Menokin Foundation is embarking on a revolutionary re-imagining of this historic structure. The Menokin Foundation hopes to transform this house and 500-acre classroom into an educational and environmental experience like no other. Structural glass will be used to recreate an abstract memory of an 18th-century house as it once stood while protecting what remains of it today.

Encore is serving as the Preservation Architect on this project team and leading the efforts to document, stabilize, and repair the existing ruin in preparation to receive the glass enclosure.

The full project team is led by the architecture firm Machado Silvetti and also includes John Fidler Preservation Technology, Robert Silman Associates, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Eckersley O’Callaghan, WSP Flack + Kurtz, Tillotson Design Associates, Barker Langham, and Faithful + Gould.