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Kevin Murphy
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Northwestern University, 1992
Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-Century European and American Architecture and Theory

Professor of 19th- and 20th-Century European and
American Architecture and Theory

Professor Kevin D. Murphy has written on historicism in the United States and France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as on American material culture. His work has considered the variety of expressions of historicism in historic preservation projects, in the representation of medieval architecture in modernist painting, and in architectural historiography. He has written on French architect and theorist Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, on the Colonial Revival in the United States, and on the historiography of early American architecture. He is currently researching a book that will use the figure of Lafayette as a starting point for a consideration of memorializing republics in the Revolutionary Atlantic. Professor Murphy also taught in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He has held Fulbright, Chateaubriand, and National Gallery of Art fellowships, a Graham Foundation grant, and has been Chester Dale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Edited with Sally O'Driscoll. Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print. Bucknell University Press, 2013.

“The Vernacular Moment: Eleanor Raymond, Walter Gropius, and New England Modernism between the Wars.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 70, no. 3 (September 2011).

"The Historic Building in the Modernized City: The Cathedrals of Paris and Rouen in the Nineteenth Century." Journal of Urban History 37 (March 2011).

Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture and Community on the Eastern Frontier. Amherst: UMass Press, 2010.

The Houses of Greenwich Village. New York: Abrams, 2008.

The American Townhouse. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2005.

Colonial Revival Maine. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004.

Memory and Modernity: Viollet-le-Duc at Vézelay. University Park: Penn State Press, 2000.

Edited with Sarah Giffen. A Noble and Dignified Stream: The Piscataqua Region in the Colonial Revival, 1860-1930. York, Maine:Old York Historical Society, 1992. Winner of the Ruth Emery Award for Nineteenth-Century Studies.