Few slave quarters still exist here in Virginia, so the Menokin Foundation has a new interpretive project moving forward.
The new Ghost Structure at Menokin is a timber frame building on the archeological site of the original slave quarters. It is transparent, revealing the underlying wooden architecture. Menokin’s Alice French, “Because at Menokin, we don’t do reproduction. Because we don’t want to recreate something that’s gone. Because for instance, with the ghost structure we don’t even know what the slave quarters looked like.”
Menokin’s remaining stonework is unusual. The mansion itself is a ruin being rebuilt in glass.
The Ghost Structure continues Menokin’s unique interpretation of the building technologies of the past.