Frank Hurdis


Frank Hurdis is an adjunct faculty member in the department of architecture.  He received his BA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and his MA in Architectural History with a minor in Preservation Planning from Cornell University.  Frank worked for the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology in Indiana, where he became the lead reviewer for National Register Nominations. His work at the DHPA gave him solid knowledge of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark programs of the National Park Service, and the Indiana State Historic Preservation Office. 

Frank has taught courses in American Art and Architecture at the College of Charleston.  After transplanting to Indiana, Hurdis has taught the Introduction to Historic Preservation and Architecture and Urban Planning in the Midwest at Ball State University.  In doing research for his class on Midwest architecture, he has become particularly interested in nineteenth and early twentieth century regionally notable architects such as James Keys Wilson and Samuel Hannaford of Cincinnati and E. Townsend Mix of Milwaukee, men who were talented practitioners, but far from being considered trend-setters.  Other research interests have dealt with the comparison of ancient Roman and Italian Renaissance treatment of the classical Orders of architecture and classicism in their various manifestations.  Hurdis also has a continuing curiosity about American architecture during the early republic and Greek Revival periods.