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Stan Hywet Symposium program "The Boy Zone: The Alleged Third Floor on Display" by former curator in charge of the McFaddin-Ward House museum project, Ware Petznick.

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  • Greetings from the University of Glasgow. I am Ware Petznick, former curator of the MWH, who was in charge of the 3 rd floor restoration project from 2005 until we opened Nov 4-5 2006. Please accept my apologies for not being able to present this paper in person, but hopefully through the wonders of modern technology, I can not only discuss the third floor restoration in context of “On Display” but also field questions via Skype. Given this, please reserve questions until the end as I may not be able to hear you. [slide]
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    1. 1. McFaddin-Ward House The Boy Zone: The “Alleged” Third Floor on Display For the first Stan Hywet Symposium October 17,2008 Ware Petznick
    2. 2. <ul><li>Table of contents </li></ul><ul><li>Intro to the MWH museum </li></ul><ul><li>Status in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Board guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Developing the Furnishing Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing the space </li></ul><ul><li>The “end” result </li></ul>
    3. 3. 1906 McFaddin Ave in 1906
    4. 4. The McFaddin Women
    5. 5. McFaddin Ward
    6. 6. Pink and Pastels: For Mother
    7. 7. “ The Boys”
    8. 8. <ul><li>WPH McFaddin </li></ul><ul><li>1856-1935 </li></ul><ul><li>Texas Military Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Jones Commercial College, St Louis </li></ul><ul><li>Muskrat farm -200K pelts/annum </li></ul><ul><li>Managing partner McFaddin, Kyle and Wiess, sole proprietor of the Rice Milling company in 1917. Now $500M industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Brahmin cattle to Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Built office building. Bought Crosby </li></ul><ul><li>Director & VP, First National Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Sons took over 1928 </li></ul>
    9. 10. A place for WPH & sons Check watch Observe appearance Don a straw boater Drop his Drucker & Co. bag from Cincinnati Leave skates, school books & riding crop
    10. 11. Status in 2005
    11. 14. East Bedroom <ul><li>Architectural evidence </li></ul><ul><li>informs furnishing </li></ul>
    12. 16. HURRICANE RITA largest recorded hurricane to enter the Gulf of Mexico, Sept 23-24, 2005.
    13. 17. Project Parameters <ul><li>Focus interpretation on boys coming of age in new century </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perry Jr. graduated high school 1913 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Caldwell graduated high school 1917 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carroll Ward married Mamie McFaddin 1919 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WPH still included – his desk is in the Billiard Room </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Utilize artifacts in storage </li></ul><ul><li>Be unique </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Original collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be accurate </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 18. They just had, they had a good time up there, they had a billiard table and two bedrooms and a bath, hall, trunk room and a living room, a huge living room clear across the front. MMW Interview #1, p. 16
    15. 19. One Outlet – Many objects Hubbell plug in storage inspired “plugging” fan into wall light
    16. 20. The Furnishing Plan <ul><li>No period photographs of third floor </li></ul><ul><li>All primary evidence was consulted </li></ul><ul><li>Function of rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Do objects contribute to interpretation? </li></ul><ul><li>Condition/Conservation requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Will it fit?/ Tour route </li></ul>
    17. 21. The Furnishing Plan <ul><li>LIGHTING </li></ul><ul><li>not always popular to be accurate </li></ul>If an object is in a room too dimly lit to see it, does it contribute to what is “ ON DISPLAY”?
    18. 22. Beaumont High School 1910 The valedictorian…
    19. 23. The studious one…
    20. 24. Harvard Law 1921-24
    21. 25. Beaumont High 1913 Rice Institute 1917 Navy in World War I 1918 Operated the McFaddin ranches in Texas and Arkansas Married Amizetta White of Huntington, WV 1926 President Coastal Cattle Assoc. 1934-1949 William Perry Herring McFaddin, Jr “ Perry or Peb” 1897-1973
    22. 26. As a Boy Small boots
    23. 27. Perry the Rancher
    24. 28. As a Young Man Boy scout in Beaumont’s first troop A Boy Scout
    25. 30. Creating props
    26. 31. The boys’ bathroom
    27. 32. Robert Mitchell Turkish Chair ca. 1895
    28. 33. [Mr. Averill] had that table brought up here. It was all set up before they covered this thing [the shaft]....Of course, I wasn’t here, but that’s what Miss Ida told me. - Cecelia Smith CS #23, p. 7-8
    29. 34. Front Hall Dec 1983
    30. 35. And we thought we were done…
    31. 37. Research
    32. 38. Thank you to Stan Hywet, Kevin Kern & Mark Heppner especially for inviting me to present this program, which is also online at Questions? [email_address] or visit: