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Charles Emil Peterson, American architect. Recipient Distinguished Service award Department Interior, 1961, Alumni award Columbia University, 1972, Conservation Service award, 1976, Citation City of Philadelphia, 1986, 94, Commendation, Governor Hawaii, 1992; Benjamin Franklin fellow Royal Society of Arts, Joseph Jackson award Atwater Kent Museum, 1992; named Distinguished Associate Eastern National Park and Conservation Association, 1981.


Peterson, Charles Emil was born on August 23, 1906 in Madison, Minnesota, United States. Son of Charles Emil and Mae (Nisbit) Peterson.


Bachelor, University Minnesota, 1928.


With United States National Park Service, 1929-1962, architect, landscape architect, San Francisco, 1929-1930, resident landscape architect, Yorktown, Virginia, 1930-1933, deputy chief architect, Washington, 1933-1935, senior landscape architect riverfront project, St. Louis, 1936-1948, regional architect, Richmond, Virginia, 1948-1949, resident architect Independence, National History Project, Philadelphia, 1950-1954, supervising architect historic structures, Eastern United States, 1954-1962. Consultant architectural historian, restorationist, planner, from 1962. Adjunct professor architecture Columbia University, 1964-1978.

Pioneered History American buildings Survey, 1933. Conducted development studies, Easter Island for United Nations Educational, 1966-1968. American Institute of Architects delegate II International Congress Architects and Technicians History Monuments, Venice, 1964, 1st-2d assemblies International Council Monuments and Sites, Warsaw-Cracow, Poland, 1965, Oxford, England, 1969, Budapest, 1972.

Contributor to Conference on Education Restorationists, Pistoia, Italy, 1968. Organized forums on restoration historic buildings Building Research Institute, 1964, National Trust, 1966, American International Assurance, 1969. Founder St. Louis History Documents Foundation.

Correspondent member committee Training Architects for Conservation, Great Britain. Founding member standing committees International Centre, Rome and originator, leader travelling summer school for restorationists, Europe, 1972. Member City Philadelphia History Commission, 1956-1964.

Board directors Society Hill. neighborhood associations, 1957-1968. Organizer Robert Smith Celebration at Newbattle, Edinburgh and Dalkeith, Scotland, 1982.



Served to Commander C.E. Corps, United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1946. Fellow American Institute of Architects (medal 1979, Presidential citation 1990, former member national committee on historic buildings), Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Association Preservation Technology (founder 1968, past president, Harley J. McKee award 1988), HABS Foundation. Member Society Architectural Historians (director 1950-1964, past president, vice president editor American notes 1950-1967), National Trust Historic Preservation (charter, Louise du Pont Crowninshield award for superior achievement 1966), National Park and Conservation Association (honorary member national advisory committee), McAneny History Preservation medal 1984), Missouri History Society (director), Association Studies in Conservation Historic buildings (Great Britain), William Clark Society (founder), Independence Hall Association (honorary life 1987), Carpenters' Company of City and County Philadelphia (company historian emeritus), Friends of Nicholas More (convenor), Friends of HABS (secretary pro-tem), St. Andrew's Society Philadelphia, Newcomen Society (Great Britain), Phi Kappa Sigma.


Charles Emil Peterson

Mae (Nisbit) Peterson