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Michael Godzinski’s professional CRM experience includes a wide variety of projects in several different capacities, including archeologist, architectural historian, historian and research diver.  He has worked at ESI since 1999.  He is Secretary of Interior “Professional Qualification Standards” qualified in Archeology, Architectural History and History.  He has also had extensive training in marine environments, completing the Florida State University’s academic diver and the US Army Corps of Engineers’ working diver courses.  He has participated as the lead diver in several marine ESI projects, most recently off the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana.  Mr. Godzinski has completed both the “106 Essentials” and “Advanced” seminars of the Advisory Council’s Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act training.  Other training has included “The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Transportation Decision Making” course offered by the LADOTD and the National Register/National Historic Landmark Workshop and Review, by the National Park Service.

Most recently, ESI has been working for the Historic New Orleans Collection excavating their newest acquisition (Seignouret-Brulatour House) in the Vieux Carré of New Orleans.  Mr. Godzinski has led the team that has discovered significant resources under the footprint of the property.  Excellent preservation of archeological deposits include midden, a well and a privy with a fine array of artifacts and features documenting human behavior on the property from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries.  

Perhaps more interesting, ESI is currently working on the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) undertaking at the Iberville Housing Project in downtown New Orleans.  Between 2012 and 2016, Godzinski has led a team excavating and documenting the large complex.  This land immediately outside the Vieux Carré has evolved from eighteenth-century city commons and early Catholic cemetery through its nineteenth-century development (partially over the cemetery) into an antebellum neighborhood and red-light district (Storyville).  Hundreds of privies, wells, and pit features have been excavated to document the occupations.  Godzinski also documented and excavated human remains that were under the housing complex.  The original boundaries of St. Louis 1 Cemetery were adjusted and green space is planned for that footprint of the complex.    

Mr. Godzinski has a large amount of experience assessing buildings, structures and objects using NRHP criteria (36CFR 60.4 [a-d]).  He has served ESI as architectural historian for surveys in Orleans, Ascension, Assumption, Lafourche, Lafayette, Ouachita, St. Martin, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Tammany, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, Jefferson, Iberville, Beauregard and Jefferson Davis parishes in Louisiana as well as in Mississippi, Alabama, and New Jersey.  

After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Godzinski and ESI assisted FEMA in their assessment of buildings that were threatened by demolition.  This project entailed the identification of potential NRHP historic districts and individual historic properties.  ESI surveyed new NRHP historic districts of Edgewood Park and Pontchartrain Park and made additions to NRHP districts included Bywater, Holy Cross, Esplanade Ridge, and Carrollton (totaling over 3000 buildings).  After the surveys of new districts were completed in 2005, Godzinski served ESI and FEMA in the architectural survey of “red tag” (demo) buildings.  

Mr. Godzinski completed a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from Rutgers University in 1995 (B.A. 1992 in History from Rutgers).  Prior to receiving his M.A. from Rutgers, Mr. Godzinski worked at the Nantucket Historical Association as a docent where he also assisted the Curator of Structures on various construction projects.  After receiving his M.A., Mr. Godzinski took a position at the Gallier House Museum in New Orleans, where he continued his study of historic architecture and archeology.  In 1996, Godzinski switched disciplinary focuses to join the CRM world of Goodwin & Assoc.  Here was the first introduction to the myriad disciplines that comprised the cultural resources industry.  In the first year, Godzinski labored on pipeline surveys, HTRW land-use studies and architectural surveys, thus developing an interest in a holistic approach to the CRM family of disciplines.

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