Phil Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public History from Western Michigan University in 2000 and an Associate of Applied Science from Belmont College (formerly Belmont Technical College) in 2003. He began his preservation career conducting federal law compliance with the Georgia Department of Transportation before pursuing his hands-on preservation training. Phil began his historic house museum career at George Washington’s Mount Vernon as the Restoration Specialist from 2004 to 2006. During his time at Mount Vernon he worked on numerous preservation projects, including the restoration of the Gardener’s House, rustication of the Mansion, and the restoration of Martha Washington’s Garret Bedchamber. Following his time at Mount Vernon, Phil spent a year working with a historic restoration/conservation contractor, Bryan Blundell, working on historically significant buildings in Washington, D.C. These structures included the National Gallery of Art and St. John's Church, Lafayette Square. Phil is currently the Director of Preservation & Maintenance at Stratford Hall, where he is responsible for the overall preservation of the historic structures, including the Great House and the maintenance of all structures. Since starting at Stratford Hall in September of 2007, Phil has managed the restoration of the Northwest Stair Passage, Parlor, Dining Room, Chamber and the completion of a Historic Structures Report along with the everyday activities of the Preservation Department. The Department currently runs a summer internship program where students can gain field experience in hands-on preservation in a museum setting.
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