Historic Preservation Faculty
Benjamin R. Curran
Benjamin R. Curran is the Department Head of STC’s Historic Preservation and Restoration Program and the Director of STC’s Center for Traditional Craft. In this role, he is responsible for outside-work project development, programmatic curriculum design, budgeting, adjunct faculty oversight, and student instruction. Additionally, Mr. Curran acts as the primary spokesperson and community outreach coordinator for the program and preservation trades on a local, regional and national scale.
Previously Mr. Curran has worked as a project manager for Peter Post Restoration, a company specializing in the museum quality preservation and restoration of historic properties. He was a lead faculty instructor for Historic Preservation at Edgecombe Community College in Taraboro, NC. As a co-investigator for research funded by a National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation grant, he worked as a senior member of the group investigating impacts of climate change and sea level rise and effects of salt water intrusion for coastal heritage sites for the University of New Hampshire Earth System Research Center in Durham, N.H.
Mr. Curran has been involved in the building trade since 1996 and has extensive experience in the rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, and preservation of numerous historic structures. Projects recently involved with include the slate roof restoration at Historic Christ Church, wood shingle roof restoration and temporary plaster repair at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, early 18th century brick and stone masonry restoration of the Brafferton at the College of William and Mary, timber frame reconstruction of mid-19th century two-story henhouse/dovescote, stabilization of early 19th century plantation complex outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the full interior restoration of the mid-18th century Old Senate Chamber of the Maryland State Capital.