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The Washington, D.C., metropolitan chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians welcomes anyone interested in architecture and the built environment. Please check here frequently for Latrobe Chapter news, events, and discussion.

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  • Call for Papers - Latrobe Chapter Symposium  - DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 5! - Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians 11th Biennial Symposium of the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC, March 21-22, 2015 Exploring Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art The Latrobe Chapter welcomes proposals for papers that investigate the relationship between architecture and art in the built environment of greater Washington, DC. Numerous buildings in Washington feature murals, sculpture, and video projections, as well as other types of art. How do these artworks respond to and affect the built spaces around them? Many building, structures, and landscapes themselves are conceived as artworks, sometimes to the detriment of their functional capacity and economic profitability. Does the doughnut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum designed ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2014, 7:07 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Exploring the Covert Capital A Lecture by Professor Andrew Friedman, Haverford College - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Cosponsored by the International Spy Museum and the Historical Society of Fairfax County - Washington, DC, may be the United States’ official capital, but the northern Virginia area is the covert capital of a secret empire. Anchored at one end on the Pentagon and at the other on CIA headquarters, the area has been profoundly affected in its architecture, culture, and politics by the covert business done there, business which touches every part of the globe. Join Professor Andrew Friedman of Haverford College for a fascinating discussion of an aspect of the secret world of espionage that you probably never considered: architecture. Afterwards, Professor Friedman will sign his book ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2014, 2:31 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Replicating Mount Vernon A Lecture by Lydia Mattice Brandt, PhD  - Tuesday, June 3, 2014Mount Vernon is the most replicated building in the United States. Americans slap those spindly white columns onto funeral homes, dry-cleaners, motels, and McMansions. But how and why did George Washington's eccentrically vernacular mansion get translated onto such a wide range of commercial and residential buildings? Over the past 200 years, Mount Vernon has become an iconic architectural image that is flexible enough to serve an astonishing range of building types and functions, political points of view, and understandings of the American past.Lydia Mattice Brandt is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches architectural history; the history of American art; and ...
    Posted May 11, 2014, 3:46 PM by Bill Marzella
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