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Artist, Architect, and Mayor of Harpers Ferry

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Kip was born ‘Walton Danforth Stowell’ in Massachusetts. He lived a long life as an artist, architect, and politician; settling in Harpers Ferry, WV. This biography spans 73 years of Kip’s life, from 1936-2009; and is a summary of people, places, and art related to him. As an architect he worked for the National Park Service, but also maintained private practice. Kip loved entertaining people, and was loved for his enthusiasm for design. Among his most famous designs are the Charles Town War Memorial, Turf Race Track Hotel, Bolivar Community Center, and Harpers Ferry Town Hall. His greatest contributions to Historic Preservation may have been to protect the Town of Harpers Ferry and the Peter Burr House for all time and for all people. Kip saw Architecture as Art you live in; Sculpture that provides shelter.

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~ I sat beside him, through the night.

Listening, praying, thinking.

He’s dying,” I said to God and myself.


My brother: the architect; the mayor; historian; artist; husband; father… my brother.”


Please, take care of him.”


Then I thanked Kip, in unspoken words;

for teaching me to be patient,

for going with me to New York City (so I wouldn’t be alone),

for showing me how to use my imagination,

for always being happy to see me,

for giving me unconditional love.


Then, as the gray of the icy January morning receded,

I turned on the television,

so Kip could hear history being made,

only an hour away.


I think he passed on peacefully that night;

leaving behind his devoted family, his beloved town, and his country;

all well-prepared to build new structures;

strong and beautiful, enduring and dynamic;

formed from the truths he believed in and passed on,

to all of us. ~

Resume for W.D.S. II




Air National Guard                               167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, WV 

Civil Engineering & Personnel Apprentice

§    Basic Military Training Course LMABM9T000 6 weeks, Winter 2006

§    Engineering Apprentice Course 00RA PDS-ILI 430 hours 2006

§    Operational Air Force Course 00AA PDS-ILJ 144 hours 2006

§    Personnel Apprentice Course PDS-IF2 208 hours 2008

2004-2005 Shepherd University                                                  Shepherdstown, WV 

Adjunct Faculty – Professor

*     American Architectural Heritage 370, Fall 2004

*     Environmental Architecture 399, Spring 2005

*     American Decorative Arts, 327,  Spring 2005

2000-present Stowell Galleries & Stowell Architects; Harpers Ferry, WV 

Master Architect, Chief Curator, & Deputy Director

*     Client Designs – OF Lodge, Coffee Mill; Laurel Lodge, etc

*     House Documents & Renovations – photos, records, finishes, etc

*     Property Landscape &  Maintenance – flora, fauna, herbs, grounds, etc

*     Porches & Additions – project proposals, cleaning, preparations, etc

*     design & construction – Catanese Carriage House Bed & Breakfast

1993-2002 summers Historic American Building Survey / Engineering Record (HABS / HAER) 

Foreman / Supervisor – draftsman technician

*     architectural – Kenworthy Hall, AL;  Harpers Ferry Train Station, WV

*     structural documentation  –  Potomac Power Plant, WV

*     roads, bridges & landscape documentation – Yosemite NP, CA

*     roads & bridges – Taconic State Parkway, NY;  Crater Lake NP, OR

2000-2004 Practical Environmental Work 

*     Organic Farming – Erdhart’s Farm in  Frederick County, MD

*     Landscape Design – residence        Fairfax, VA

*     Landscaping – residence        Vienna, VA

*     Organic Gardening – Claymont;  Bower Farm in  Jefferson Co, WV


Master of Architecture   (M.A.)  

1997-2000   Savannah College of Art and Design  Savannah, GA

S.C.O.D. Thesis, GPA 3.8

2005-2008  ANG United States Air Force Senior Airman E-4

Civil Engineering & Personnel  Ft. Leonard Wood, MO

1994-1996  Roger Williams University Architecture School   Bristol, RI

Historic Preservation, History of Architecture, Design & Theory

2007-2008  IOOF Vice Noble Grand Harpers Ferry, WV


2006-2007  Missouri Veteran’s Home

Ft. Leonard Wood, MO

2005 –  Historic Landmarks Commission

Harpers Ferry, WV

2004 –  IOOF community breakfasts

Harpers Ferry, WV

2003 –  JCCCG environmental activism

Jefferson Co, WV

2000-2002  Local Landscape Architecture;

Harpers Ferry, WV

1996-2000  Local History & Drawings;

Harpers Ferry, WV

1994-1995 summers, – HABS, NPS; Harpers Ferry, WV

1993 — Documented John Hay Estate;

Sunapee, NH

Air National Guard (ANG) Martinsburg, WV 

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Jefferson County Citizens for Considerate Growth (JCCCG)

National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA)

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)

Essay Contest Winner: Residency at Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”, Henderson Scholarship, IOOF Scholarship, 10 Art Awards, Drama Award, Scholar-Athlete Soccer Award, National Honor Society scholarship winner, Principal’s Award: St. Johns most exemplified model student, White Rope Certificate for Military Chaplain’s Assistant, Ft. Leonard Wood, Military Certificates including Base & NATO Secret Security Clearance
Architectural History, History, Reenactment, Social Studies, Film, Video, Alternative Energy, Urban Planning, Green Design, Horticulture, Arts, Literature, Illustration, Writing, and other Liberal Arts
P.R. :  po box 603 • harpers ferry, wv 25425 •