Thoughts for a final project…

I currently work for the National Park Service at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.  The site is getting ready to close its doors for an indeterminate amount of time in order to install a climate control system and a new fire suppression system, and to also restore the slave quarter buildings.  I thought an annotated virtual tour of the site the way it looks now – a before shot – would be helpful to any visitors who show up within that indeterminate amount of time.  Otherwise they will only see the outside of the house, or even the inside with no furniture, and have to listen to rangers talk themselves silly without any visuals.  The site could put the virtual tour up on its website, or set up an orientation area to show visitors on some sort of projector screen.

Does this seem way too simple? or do you think it could work?

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3 Comments on “Thoughts for a final project…”


  1. I think there’s the nucleus of a really interesting project here, and one which has direct and tangible benefits to your current work. There’s a clear audience, and a straightforward mission (making available something that will be inaccessible).

    I think the difficult parts of this project (and the things that make it way more than “simple”) will come up when you start thinking about its more concrete aspects: how granular will you be? Will the tour simply be photos, or more of a map of the site as an interface? How much interpretive content will you want, and how much can you repurpose from existing materials.

    Moreover, I’d really want you to grapple with the costs of this, both in time and resources; usually, the kinds of questions I asked above are resolved not just by what one wants to do, but by what’s simply feasible. It’ll be very interesting to see how this plays out in your proposal…

  2. Jenny Says:

    I think it sounds fascinating. Can you do 360 degree views? I was just up there on Sunday evening, but too late to get inside the house. I would love to see something like this.

  3. Jeff Says:

    You say simple like it is a bad thing. A project like this may be simple for the end-user, but require a great deal of consideration on your part. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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