The Restoration Team


Wylie R. Cooke, Jr., AIA, NCARB

Wylie has over 40 years of experience in the renovation, restoration and preservation of historical structures. His approach to these historical sites is one of careful documentation, with respect to the original details, ornamentation, embellishment and character these monuments deserve. His breadth of knowledge and experience includes the renovation of the 1917 Broad Street Railroad Station and its conversion to the current Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, the conversion of the 1885 tobacco warehouses to apartments in Petersburg, Va., the 1907 neo-Palladian Revival Federal Building conversion in Norfolk, Va., the 1929, 17 story art deco Allied Arts Building in Lynchburg, Va. and on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1970 conceptual design for the expansion of the State Capitol Building in Richmond, Va., the restoration of the 1858 U.S. Customs House in Norfolk, Va., and most challenging to date, the restoration and preservation, to its original grandeur, of the 1850 Kensington Plantation in Eastover, SC., unoccupied for 40 years and also on the National Register of Historic Places. Wylie is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and continues to be committed to the rich history of architecture in the Commonwealth.


Structural Engineer - Roland McPherson of McPherson Design Group

Roland has over 43 years of experience and has worked on over 50 historical projects similar to Selma. He has experience in all types of construction, generally including wood and masonry construction utilizing hand hewn large and small timbers, mortised and dowelled joints, hand made brick, and many one-of-a-kind structures. Roland has personally completed the structural restoration work for the most significant historical projects. He has worked closely with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources on many projects and recently worked with the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation designing 7 Replica 1607 buildings that were first constructed inside Jamestown Fort. He also designed a Replica 1670 to 1700 Indian Cabin, Slave Quarters, and Planters House for the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation. Another project that Roland completed is Historic St. Luke’s Church of Smithfield (circa 1632), which is the oldest church in America and found on both the National and State Historic Register. Roland holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.


GeoTechnical Engineering – Ted Lewis

Ted has more than 27 years of experience in geotechnical, environmental, and hydrogeologic engineering. He is responsible for the management of the firm’s business development and quality control efforts. Mr. Lewis serves as Chairman of the Route 28 Highway Transportation Improvement District Commission, as Chairman of the Loudoun County Economic Development Advisory Commission, and on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He is also actively involved with NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the ASFE/Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA). He holds an MBA from Averett College, a MS in Civil Engineering and a BS in Agricultural Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


Civil Engineering – christopher consultants

christopher consultants, ltd. (christopher) provides multi-disciplinary consulting services and project management expertise throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For the rebirth of the Selma Mansion, christopher is performing site surveying and civil engineering. The firm has a strong background in historical renovations and preservation. They understand the sensitive nature of these types of projects and the importance of preserving the historic features while ensuring the property will be enjoyed by generations to come. This project is being overseen by Principal-in-Charge Lou Canonico, P.E., Vice President of christopher’s Special Services Division.

Master Craftsman

Ron Layman

Ronald Layman’s family has been in the painting trade since the 1890s. It all started with his great-grandfather Joseph (Grandpa Joe) Wilhyde, a Frederick County farmer who traveled by horse and buggy painting barns as well as exteriors and interiors of the regions’ farmhouses. Grandpa Joe’s son, Roger Layman, and grandson, Ron (Ronald’s father) continued to expand the company and hone their faux finishing skills, and later began to restore church interiors and other historic buildings.

Master Craftsman

Ray Wagner’s Custom Cabinetry

Wagner’s Custom Cabinets and Millwork Inc. specializes in custom cabinets, various wood work repairs, and unique furnishings. We have worked in businesses, schools, hospitals, and homes throughout Loudoun County. All of our items are handmade and we are a local business that has served the community for the past 15 years. Our small business includes experienced employees who each have over 30 years of wood-working experience.



Carpentry:  Bunky Athey and Chris Timbers

Chimneys: Rusty’s Chimney and Fireplace
                      Nicto Chimney Sweeps

Electrical: Dan Hart and Bill Poland:

Environmental Remediation: Steve Simmons

Excavator Services: Alex Orrelana

Flooring: HD flooring Alex Rameros

Glass: Tommy Hackney – Hackney Glass

Historical Brick Masonry: Lawrence “Cheetah” Waller

Lawn and Landscaping Services: Blade Cutters and Landscaping

Masonry: Alex Orrelana – Orrelana Masonry

Painting: Joel Mejia, Jose Carranza, Carlos Silva

Pest Control: Casey Reynolds – Loudoun Lawn and Pest

Plaster and Stucco: Ron Layman

Plumbing and Heat: Mike Furr – F&L Plumbing

Roofing: Doug Easterly – Vanguard Contracting

Security Supervisor: Thomas Gladney

Site Support: Carlos Silva

Tree Services: Pablo Lizama