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D O C U M E N T I N G A H I S T O R I C S PA C E

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#1: Exterior, View of The West (Front) Elevation -The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


#2: Interior, Main Lobby, West Entrance-The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


#3: Interior, Main Hall, View From East Facing West, The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


#4: Interior, First Floor, Small Dining Room, Detail of Original Fireplace and Mantle in South Parlor, View Facing South -The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


#5: Interior, First Floor, Sunroom, General View Facing West -The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


#6: Interior, First Floor, Detail of Light Fixtures in Hallway Facing North, -The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


#7:Interior, First Floor, Hallway, Facing East -The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


#8: Interior, Main Room, View Facing North West -The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC Photograph taken by Shannon Steinberg, Feb 14, 2018


INDEX TO PHOTOGRAPHS The Carolina Inn 211 Pittsboro Street Chapel Hill Orange County North Carolina

HPO SITE ID: OR545

Shannon Steinberg, Photographer February 2018 OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-01

Exterior, View of The West (Front) Elevation

OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-02

Interior, Main Lobby, West Entrance

OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-03

Interior, Main Hall, View From East Facing West

OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-04

Interior, First Floor, Small Dining Room, Detail of Original Fireplace and Mantle in South Parlor, View Facing South

OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-05

Interior, First Floor, Sunroom, General View Facing West

OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-06

Interior, First Floor, Detail of Light Fixtures in Hallway Facing North

OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-07

Interior, First Floor, Hallway, Facing East

OR545_CarolinaInn_2-14_SS-08

Interior, Main Room, View Facing North West


R E F L E C T I O N O N D O C U M E N T I N G A H I S T O R I C S PA C E The original site of the 1924 Carolina Inn, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is the historic space I selected to photo document and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1924 and designed by award-winning architect Arthur C. Nash, who designed several other university landmarks, the Carolina Inn is an excellent example of Colonial Revival architecture that fuses commercial space with domestic scale and architectural ornament. The Carolina Inn exhibits Colonial Revival architectural style which was popular throughout the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The hotel also exhibits a regional version of the style, Southern Colonial style, which is a mixture of Colonial Revival architecture and characteristics of antebellum Southern plantation houses mixed with Georgian and Neoclassical elements found in the Northeast and England. The Carolina Inn has undergone three major additions and several smaller scale renovations since 1924, all of which have been highly sensitive to the original design. The site is historically significant because the property is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history, for its historical associations with important events and personalities in North Carolina since the 1920s, and because of the role it has played in the history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reflecting on the exercise, I found photographic documentation for historic interiors to be far more challenging than historic exteriors. I have prior experience with the nomination process for the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Districts which both require extensive exterior photography. Documenting interior spaces was more difficult than exteriors because of lighting issues, people using the space, and determining each area’s hierarchy of importance. To justify the historical significance of the Carolina Inn and following the principles of photography, I focused on capturing the three-dimensional relationships of the site’s interior spaces, notable examples of the decorative arts, historic lighting fixtures, and noteworthy and/or unique architectural details in the various areas I documented. Paying close attention to aesthetic considerations, I eliminated or minimized as much as possible, any distractions to strengthen my compositions and make the photographs more compelling. Most of the images were photographed from a perspective positioned off center so the viewer of the photograph could ”look in” (Burns, 2003). All of the photographs were taken during my principal visit to the site. If I had more time, I would make one additional visit to photograph the hotel during the early morning so there would be less people to avoid capturing in the photos. I could not locate the HABS/HAER/HALS survey number for the property and instead used the HPO site number issued by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office for my index. After completing this assignment, I believe historical research methods are invaluable investigative techniques for researching distinctive sites and that utilizing photographic documentation in research can greatly contribute to the creation of new knowledge in design.


REFERENCES

Burns, J. Recording Historic Structures. Wiley, 2003. HPOWEB: NCHPO. (2018). Gis.ncdcr.gov. Retrieved 14 February 2018, from http://gis.ncdcr.gov/hpoweb/ SCAD. (2018). Retrieved February 14, 2018, from https://elearning.scad.edu/webapps/scad-contentserver BBLEARN/ Staff. (2018). The Carolina Inn – Our State Magazine. Our State Magazine. Retrieved 14 February 2018, from https:// www.ourstate.com/the-carolina-inn/

Documenting a Historic Space  
Documenting a Historic Space