Cedar Hill: A Case Study in Preservation and Education in a Digital World is a research project and virtual reality reconstruction by Lin Barnett that allows viewers to visit Cedar Hill (now Annandale-on-Hudson) as it stood over a century ago. This interactive exhibition recalls the Hudson Valley’s mill communities, which have not been thoroughly preserved in the archeological record as the neighboring communities of Bard College and Montgomery Place. The project will analyze the structures' changing purposes, as well as their changing architectural qualities, to trace the story of the hamlet’s decline at the turn of the 20th century.
Lin Barnett is an EH alum who majored in Art History with a focus in Architecture. Their recent projects seek to answer the question, “How does space shape us, and how do we shape space?” using VR, AR, CAD, and other modeling software to get there. Their senior project rebuilds and retells the life and death of Cedar Hill, a now-defunct hamlet less than a mile south of the Bard College campus, which will depict the town in virtual reality in three stages: its development in the 19th century, its peak, and its decline in the beginning of the 20th century. Through VR and AR technology, this information that was once only attainable through multiple archival digs and databases with paywalls can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection in an all-encompassing virtual tour. Lynn likes worldbuilding, 3D printing, virtual reality, and video games!