7th Biennial on Construction History

Quarrying History

7th Biennial is postponed

to June 2021 


Biddle Conference Center / Indiana University Memorial Union,

Bloomington, Indiana

CHSA announces Keynote Frank Matero

Lithomania:  The Rise of the

Stone Industries in America

Frank Matero received his education in anthropology, architectural preservation, and material conservation. As an educator and conservation practitioner, Matero has shaped architectural conservation discourse and practice in the US and abroad for over 35 years.  He is Professor of Architecture and directs the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director and founder of the Center for Architectural Conservation, a member of the Graduate Group in the Department of Art History, and Research Associate of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Previously he was Assistant Professor at Columbia University and Director of the Center for Preservation Research.  He is founder and editor-in-chief of Change Over Time, the international journal on conservation and the built environment published by University of Pennsylvania Press. He has served on numerous editorial and non-profit organization boards including the National Institute for Conservation, US/ICOMOS, the American Institute for Conservation, the Journal of Architectural Conservation, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, and Cultural Resource Management. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and former Co-chair of the Research and Technical Studies Group.


Matero studied at SUNY Stony Brook, Columbia University and the Institute of Fine Arts/New York University and has been visiting faculty at the International Center for the Study of Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM/UNESCO), the Politechnic Univeristy of Puerto Rico, Yale University, and Carleton University and has been a visiting scholar at The Getty Conservation Institute and the Museum of New Mexico. He was appointed the first Architectural Conservator for the National Park Service and served as Scientific Director for the Aga Khan Historic Cities Support Program for the Ayyubid Wall, Cairo and Director of Conservation for the Gordion Archaeological Project/Penn Museum.


Throughout his career Matero has focused on the historical and material investigation of architectural technology and the implications of this approach for the interpretation and conservation of built heritage. His teaching and research address the conservation of historic buildings and sites, with an emphasis on masonry and earthen construction, the conservation of archaeological sites, and issues related to preservation and appropriate technology for traditional societies and places. Current research and practice are focused on developing a framework for material and site risk and vulnerability related to climate change.  He has authored over 100 publications on a wide range of topics addressing conservation history, building technology, ethics, and professional practice. He has lectured widely at universities and professional forums in the US and abroad. Awards include the G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Oliver Torrey Fuller Award for multiple publications, and the American Institute of Architects Education Honors Award.

Frank Matero is Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania



The Construction History Society of America (CHSA) announces our 7th Biennial Meeting on Construction History, “Quarrying History”, hosted by Indiana University / Bloomington from May 29-30, 2020.  All subjects relating to construction history in the Americas will be considered for presentation, including stone construction, specific projects, building trades, regulation, structural analysis, engineering, tools and materials, archaeology, preservation, education and all aspects of the profession.  


Tours will be postponed to May or June 2021 - we will post immediately when we have rescheduled! 


Quarrying History  follows successful biennial meetings of the CHSA held in College Park, MD (2018), Austin, TX (2016), Minneapolis, MN (2014), Cambridge, MA (2012), Philadelphia, PA (2010), and Atlanta, GA (2008).  

For more information visit: https://www.constructionhistorysociety.org/7th-biennial-meeting

Tour Information 




Some of the finest limestone in the United States can be found in the hills around Bloomington and CHSA is pleased to announce a tour to explore a working mill and a historic quarry as part of the conference schedule.  Bus leaves at noon on Friday, May 29 from Indiana Memorial Union / Biddle Conference Center.  


Please sign up for this tour when you register for the conference!  Tour is limited to 30 people – first come first served!  Please dress for the weather with comfortable walking shoes or boots.  (NO SANDALS!)  Please note - Furst Quarry is not handicapped accessible.

Join President William Bybee on a tour of the milling facilities of Bybee Stone Company, an Indiana limestone fabricator specializing in custom fabrication of Indiana limestone for both new construction and restoration projects. At Bybee Stone Co., limestone is more than a product – it’s a way of life.  The natural beauty of limestone is revealed as skilled craftspeople – often longtime employees of the company with multi-generational ties to the craft – shape it into beautiful structures seen all over the nation and many places around the world. 


Furst Quarry is a historic quarry with has eight holes spanning more than 30 acres. Although this quarry closed in the ’70s, much of the equipment was left behind.  Join current land owner and tour leader Duncan Campbell for a tour of the historic quarry – as he told Indiana Preservationist Magazine, “The site is essentially rigged as it was when they were working.”


Important Dates:

FEBRUARY 1-17                               Scientific Committee Review Abstracts

FEBRUARY 24                                   Author Notification

MARCH 16                                        Authors must register by this date 

APRIL 1                                              Standard Registration Fees (Early Bird Rates to March 31)

May 29-30, 2020                              7th Biennial Meeting on Construction History (POSTPONED TO 2021)

Travel and Hotel Information


Hotel Information

Biddle Conference Center / Indiana Memorial Union

900 E. 7th St, Bloomington IN 47405 / 812-855-7871  

So Convenient!  Hotel and Conference Meeting Rooms are in the same building!

Special CHSA rate of $109-139 per room –  HOTEL REGISTRATION CODE CHSA 20



FLY to Indianapolis Airport (IND) Indianapolis International Airport / IND

Bloomington, IN does not have an airport that can accommodate commercial aircraft. In making reservations, do not confuse Bloomington, IN with Bloomington, IL. The latter does have an airport with limited commercial service. You must fly into Indianapolis, IN and take ground transportation to the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. 

FLIGHTS FRIDAY MORNING (arriving IND Indianapolis Airport before 10am) 


Delta               New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit

SW                   Tampa, Orlando

AA                    Charlotte, Dallas

United             Chicago, Washington DC


Conference Location

Indiana Memorial Union / Biddle Conference Center, Bloomington, IN

900 E. 7th St. Bloomington IN 47405  


Ground Transportation

Go Express Travel Shuttle   CHEAPEST WITH HOURLY SERVICE! 

·       Hourly service between the airport and Bloomington campus


  • Go Express Travel Shuttle leaves 5:40a, 6:40a, 7:40a, 8:40a, 9:40a and 10:40a (and hourly throughout the day) and arrives IMU (Indiana Memorial Union / Biddle Conference Center) on Friday by noon 

  • If you are taking the 10:40am – 12:05pm IMU shuttle, please notify Melanie Feerst so Quarry tour bus doesn’t leave without you!

·       Advance reservations: Recommended / RATE:  currently $24 each way

·       Reservations on-line or call 800.589.6004 or 812.332.6004

·       Airport pick-up location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim and return outside Indiana Memorial Union / Biddle Conference Center


Classic Touch Limousine


·       Door-to-door service from airport to any location in Bloomington

·       Advance reservations: Required / Rates: Currently $122.00 round-trip per person. 

·       Reservations on-line

·       Phone: 800.319.0082 or 812.339.7269

·       Airport Pick-up Location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim

·       IMPORTANT: The limousine driver will not have a sign identifying you by name. It is your responsibility to approach a Classic Touch Limousine and provide them with your name.

Alternative:  Reserve your own taxi (approximately $120-150) or Lyft (approximately $74)


DRIVE to Indiana University / Bloomington

We suggest that you consult Mapquest or Google maps for the best directions to Bloomington and return.

Driving to and from the airport to campus is simple and direct and takes about an hour.

Parking Information
For attendees staying at the IMU / Biddle Conference Center, free parking is available in two lots adjacent to the hotel.  

Daily rates are $2.50 per half hour, but if you are attending an event at Biddle, they do have validation for 50% off parking fee.