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Lydia Brandt

Assistant Professor
Art History
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina

Office MM 328
Phone Number 777-2362

PhD, University of Virginia, 2011 (Art and Architectural History)

BA, New York University, 2004 (Art History)

Spring Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11 AM – 12 PM or by appointment

My work questions the ways in which places shape, reflect, and respond to politics, memory, and society. I specialize in popular American architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on the ubiquitous Colonial Revival. My recent and upcoming publications examine the popular memory of Mount Vernon, the Virginia plantation of George and Martha Washington. In other ongoing projects, I am considering:    

  • the role of Tara (the plantation at the center of Gone with the Wind) in shaping popular understandings of the plantation in the mid-20th century
  • the intersection of Modernism and the Colonial Revival in popular American decorative arts and architecture of the 1920s-30s
  • architecture, landscape, and social history at the Bull Street campus of the former South Carolina State Hospital
  • the historiography of American architecture

At the University of South Carolina, I teach the history of architecture, American art, and the methods of architectural history and historic preservation. I pull from local resources in my classes, e.g. buildings on the USC campus and in the Columbia area, art and decorative arts in nearby museums, and on-going historic preservation projects in South Carolina. I am also an active advocate for preservation in South Carolina.