Jennifer Sale Crane is an architectural historian and independent researcher living in northern Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Goucher College. Previously, she worked as a planner/architectural historian for Straughan Environmental Services, served on the board of the Arlington Historical Society and chaired the Building Committee responsible for stewardship of the 1891 Hume School by noted Washington architect B. Stanley Simmons.
She had the privilege of joining the team that re-assembled a 1949 Lustron Home inside New York’s Museum of Modern Art for the 2008 exhibit on prefab architecture, Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling. Her master’s thesis, Steeling Home: Defining Authenticity and Integrity for Prefabricated Lustron Homes, offered a definition of conceptual authenticity for Lustrons and other modern prefabs that could be used to guide preservation efforts and determine eligibility for the National Register. She presented at the 2010 Vernacular Architecture Forum conference on “Postwar Prefabs in the Washington, D.C., Suburbs: The Mass-Production Success of Vernacular Prefab Homes.”
In her previous career managing digital content for the Public Broadcasting Service, she reviewed and edited websites for programs such as Masterpiece Theatre, American Masters, and Independent Lens, and managed several online video projects. These experiences led to an interest in digital humanities and a strong belief in the power of the Internet as our 21st-century “information commons,” with equal access to all.