Ashley Wilson

Power of a Legacy Lecture Series

Lecture #1 - Preservation
by Ashley Wilson, FAIA, ASID, Chief Architect for the Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Ashley Wilson, FAIA, ASID is the Chief Architect for the Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in an endowed position named the Graham Gund Architect. This position provides broad oversight responsibilities related to the conservation and preservation of the architecture and landscapes of the Trust’s twenty-eight historic sites.

With over twenty-five years of experience as a Preservation Architect, Ashley specializes in modernizing and stewarding significant historic buildings to make them relevant within the modern environment. Before working at the National Trust, she was a tenured professor at the Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program for Historic Preservation in Charleston, SC and in private architectural practice in Washington DC. She graduated from the architecture schools at the University of Virginia and the University of Notre Dame.

$25 Members Single Lecture
$30 Non-members Single Lecture
$100 Power of a Legacy Entire Lecture Series

POSTPONED. Event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Space for this series is very limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. If after purchase you are unable to attend one or more lectures, you may donate purchased tickets. Please contact Visitor Services at (210) 223-9800 for more details.

Power of a Legacy

Our signature salon series celebrates the passions that fueled the man behind Villa Final

Walter in front of Villa Finale

Villa Finale’s celebrated salon series, now in its fifth year, has brought local writers, academics, musicians, and politicians to our elegant Napoleon Parlors to engage with guests in a salon-style atmosphere.

2020 marks Villa Finale’s tenth year in operation as the only site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This year’s series, Power of a Legacy, celebrates that anniversary with featured guest presenters expert in fields that were of special interest to Villa Finale’s final owner, Walter Mathis.

From preservation and military history to entertaining and collecting, this series will introduce new guests to Villa Finale while enlightening and elucidating old friends.

Grant funding for this series is provided in part by the King William Association




6:30pm Gates open for wine and light refreshments

7:00pm - 8:00pm Lecture