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  • In the Celestial City and the Middle Place: Architectural Form and Everyday Life in Seventeenth-Century Zuni Missions A Lecture by Klint EricssonLatrobe Chapter Annual MeetingTuesday, December 1, 2015Spanish mission churches are venerable icons of the American Southwest, with popular culture widely appropriating their images for revival architectural styles, western film sets, and even the branding of fast food. The oldest surviving missions of the United States stand among the Pueblo Indian towns and ruins of New Mexico, where Franciscan friars arrived in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Although the Spanish instigated these constructions, it was Pueblo laborers who built them and provided labor necessary to keep them operational. Native Americans worked and often lived alongside friars in mission residences known as conventos, resulting in culturally-mixed communities in which negotiation, exchange, and ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 6:02 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Latrobe Chapter Fellowship Announced See our "Annual Conference Fellowship" page for more information!
    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 3:41 PM by Bill Marzella
  • A Members-only Study Tour: Belair at Bowie, Maryland Saturday, October 3rd at 10:30 a.m.Described from the outset as Levitt and Sons’s “most de luxe venture,” Belair at Bowie, Maryland (1960‐70), grew out of more than a decade’s experience in mass housing design, construction, and marketing by a firm whose name and identity was synonymous with postwar residential construction.For the company, which started in 1958 at Levittown (later Willingboro), New Jersey, Belair provided their initial product and marketing redirection away from what had previously been a largely working‐class base. With ground broken two years later at Belair, Levitt and Sons made the final turn from minimum houses created mainly for the middle‐income working class to those designed expressly for middle ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 4:56 AM by Bill Marzella
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