Project Highlights

Aurora Research Associates

Thomas, WV Self-Guided Walking Tour

In partnership with the Tucker County Historic Landmark Commission and Digital Relativity, a West Virginia-based digital marketing firm, Aurora Research Associates developed a self-guided walking tour brochure, interpretive signs and a website for the Thomas Commercial Historic District. This project, funded by a WV State Historic Preservation Office grant, communicates the rich history of this coal town, which was one of the most ethnically diverse cities in West Virginia in the early 20th century. ARA performed historical research and wrote all content for the multimedia experience.

Camp Caesar National Register Historic District Nomination

As an independent subconsultant to Van Nostrand Architects of Buckhannon, WV, Courtney completed the National Register nomination for Camp Caesar, the Webster County 4-H Camp. This historic camp, which includes 41 contributing resources, is significant for its role in the local and state 4-H program, its rustic architecture and its association with the New Deal.

Camp Caesar National Register Nomination


West Virginia Division of Highways

West Virginia Statewide Historic Bridge Survey project management

As project manager for the Statewide Historic Bridge Survey, Courtney oversaw a significant portion of the survey of over 3000 of the state’s older bridges, and led coordination with the WVSHPO. In collaboration with the WV Division of Highways Planning Division, the WVDOH Environmental Section developed the “Historic Trusses of West Virginia” poster as a sample of comprehensive mitigation that could be developed as a more effective approach to managing the state’s historic bridges and transportation system. Courtney composed the content for the poster.

US 35 Late-Find 4(f) Evaluation and Mitigation Plan

The complex project to upgrade US Highway 35 in Mason and Putnam counties from two-lane to four-lane involved a number of environmental effects, including a late-find Section 4(f) resource, the historic John McCausland Memorial Farm. Courtney, along with colleague Sondra Mullins in the WVDOH Environmental Section, led the Section 4(f) analysis efforts, conducted a number of public meetings and coordinated mitigation negotiations between a wide range of stakeholders. To read Courtney’s paper on the mitigation efforts, see “Publications” below.

Capon Lake Whipple Truss and Winfield Toll Bridge National Register Nominations

Courtney prepared nominations for two of West Virginia’s historic bridges, an undertaking not usually pursued by the WVDOH. Both properties were listed in 2011.

Capon Lake National Register Nomination

Winfield Toll Bridge National Register Nomination

Robert Silman Associates

Historic Property Condition Assessment

As an intern engineer, Courtney assisted with on-site condition surveys for a number of significant historic properties, including Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery, Woodlawn Plantation, the Arts of War sculptures on Arlington Memorial Bridge, and the National Holocaust Museum auxiliary building terra cotta cornice. Projects involved documenting existing condition, diagnosis of structural issues and recommendations for repair and remediation.

Congressional Cemetery Monument Preservation Workshop

Courtney participated in the National Park Service training course for historic cemetery survey, documentation and repair. The course, held at historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, included hands-on training in monument repair.

Presentations and Publications

“Innovative Mitigation in an Historic Agricultural Landscape: U.S. Highway 35 in Mason and Putnam Counties, WV.” Paper presented at the 7th Biennial Preserving the Historic Road Conference. Washington, DC, September 9-12, 2010.

Fint Historic Roads paper 2010

West Virginia’s Historic Turnpikes: Research and Survey Methods.” Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Preserving the Historic Road Conference. Albuquerque, NM, September 11-14, 2008.

“The American Summer Youth Camp as a Cultural Landscape.” In Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice, edited by Richard Longstreth. Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp: The Rural Summer Camp as a Cultural Heritage Site.” Future Anterior Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory and Criticism 1 (Spring 2004): 38-46.

Jackson’s Mill Historic District National Register Nomination