We’re thrilled to share news that Chris Hommerding has joined 106 Group as a Senior Architectural Historian. In his new role within our History Team, Chris will collaborate with our team on a range of projects for public and private clients.
Chris holds a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is skilled in cultural resources management. He has a strong working knowledge of the history and architectural styles of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains – particularly in Wisconsin and Minnesota – and has a strong understanding of cultural resources management laws and processes. Most recently, he completed a two-year fellowship in Public History at the Minnesota Historical Society where he worked on projects examining the history of homelessness in Minneapolis, the environmental history of the Mississippi River near Grand Rapids, and the history of land use in northern Minnesota. With many years of experience working in cultural resource management, he conducts both reconnaissance and intensive architectural surveys and evaluations.
Chris has surveyed and evaluated a wide variety of residential, commercial, industrial, ecclesiastical, and civic property types, including challenging and sometimes unusual property evaluations like airports, pavement research facilities, antique street clocks, and mega-sized roadside structures. Chris has authored numerous contexts for large transportation projects in addition to undertaking surveys and evaluations. He regularly works to amplify the histories of underrepresented groups. In his free time, Chris enjoys gardening, making pottery, and refurbishing the 1919 bungalow he shares with his partner.