Madison's Montpelier Restoration Project
The Montpelier Foundation
Architectural Research Project has become recognized as the
foremost study ever conducted on an historical building. The
study was conducted at Montpelier, the lifelong home of
James Madison in Orange County, Virginia, between October
2001 and August 2002. It was launched to characterize the
home as it existed during President Madison's life and to
assess whether sufficient evidence survived to support an
The Research Team at Montpelier had the problem of
organizing and archiving a staggering number of material
samples along with the mandate to keep other historical
organizations up to date on the progress of the project.
They turned to MediaOrange for a two part solution.
The first was a web site which documented the progress and
provided detailed information on the samples they were
collecting. MediaOrange, in collaboration with Montpelier's
design team, developed an extensive web site so scholars in
remote locations could follow the progress of the
The second was an extensive database which tracks all of the
information on the thousands of samples collected. Using
database queries, project managers have been able to see
patterns in construction that had never been noticed before.