Posted September 22, 2018 12:03:07Lincoln Project founder Mark McLean has left the project that is building a replica of Lincoln’s historic home at the University of Virginia.
The project, which has raised $1.2 million from backers including the University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University’s Office of Student Life, and Virginia Tech, will now be overseen by the UVA School of Architecture.
The former UVA graduate student has been at the helm of the project since January, when it was first announced.
It was initially scheduled to be completed in late 2019, but McLean said the new project was much more ambitious.
McLean said he was moved to leave by the lack of funding, and said the project will be “much better positioned” for the future.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the new Lincoln Project, and I think the best thing about it is the community support,” he told The Washington Post.
“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for Lincoln to really get to where it needs to be, which is a museum, or an architecture school.
And I think Lincoln is very, very good at that.
So, yeah, it’s really exciting.””
It’s just really exciting to see that Lincoln has finally been able to achieve what it’s been trying to do for decades,” he added.
“So, yeah, it’s really exciting.”
McLean, who is also the co-founder of the university’s Architecture Research Lab, said the team has already built several pieces of the Lincoln project, including a brick wall and a small office space, which were designed to house the office of the current Lincoln professor, David P. White.
The group plans to expand its footprint with the addition of more buildings and more exhibits.
McLean also has been working with the U.S. Army to build the new museum in Charlottesville.