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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.

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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  • McFaddin-Ward House The Boy Zone: The “Alleged” Third Floor on Display For the first Stan Hywet Symposium October 17,2008 Ware Petznick
    • Table of contents
    • Intro to the MWH museum
    • Status in 2005
    • Board guidelines
    • Developing the Furnishing Plan
    • Preparing the space
    • The “end” result
  • 1906 McFaddin Ave in 1906
  • The McFaddin Women
  • McFaddin Ward
  • Pink and Pastels: For Mother
  • “ The Boys”
    • WPH McFaddin
    • 1856-1935
    • Texas Military Institute
    • Jones Commercial College, St Louis
    • Muskrat farm -200K pelts/annum
    • Managing partner McFaddin, Kyle and Wiess, sole proprietor of the Rice Milling company in 1917. Now $500M industry.
    • Brahmin cattle to Texas
    • Built office building. Bought Crosby
    • Director & VP, First National Bank
    • Sons took over 1928
  • 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
  • Status in 2005
  • East Bedroom
    • Architectural evidence
    • informs furnishing
  • HURRICANE RITA largest recorded hurricane to enter the Gulf of Mexico, Sept 23-24, 2005.
  • Project Parameters
    • Focus interpretation on boys coming of age in new century
        • Perry Jr. graduated high school 1913
        • Caldwell graduated high school 1917
        • Carroll Ward married Mamie McFaddin 1919
        • WPH still included – his desk is in the Billiard Room
    • Utilize artifacts in storage
    • Be unique
        • Original collection
        • Be accurate
  • 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
  • One Outlet – Many objects Hubbell plug in storage inspired “plugging” fan into wall light
  • The Furnishing Plan
    • No period photographs of third floor
    • All primary evidence was consulted
    • Function of rooms
    • Do objects contribute to interpretation?
    • Condition/Conservation requirements
    • Will it fit?/ Tour route
  • The Furnishing Plan
    • not always popular to be accurate
    If an object is in a room too dimly lit to see it, does it contribute to what is “ ON DISPLAY”?
  • Beaumont High School 1910 The valedictorian…
  • The studious one…
  • Harvard Law 1921-24
  • 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
  • As a Boy Small boots
  • Perry the Rancher
  • As a Young Man Boy scout in Beaumont’s first troop A Boy Scout
  • Creating props
  • The boys’ bathroom
  • Robert Mitchell Turkish Chair ca. 1895
  • [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
  • Front Hall Dec 1983
  • And we thought we were done…
  • Research
  • 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: