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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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  • Montgomery Modern: Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland A Lecture by Clare Lise Kelly Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Montgomery County, Maryland’s suburban built environment reflects major themes of the Modern Movement as translated to a region located at the northern border of Washington, DC. Architects designed housing that promoted contact with nature for office workers who, in contrast to previous generations of farmers, were not living off the land and who yearned for a connection with the earth. For individuals seeking contact with nature, the county’s rolling often rugged landscape was a strong attraction, as was its extensive stream valley park system and abundance of available farmland. Federal installations for national defense agencies, and scientific and medical research brought modern design into the county landscape. A ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2016, 6:16 AM by Bill Marzella
  • President's Letter, January 2016 Dear Latrobe Chapter Members: On behalf of the Board of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, I am pleased to announce the opening of our 2016 schedule of lectures and study tours. Please find your membership renewal form enclosed (if applicable), along with our flyer for our first lecture. Last March, we held our 11th Biennial Symposium, “Art in Architecture, Architecture and Art.” With the kind support of Catholic University and the DC Preservation League, as well as the hard work of our board members, we were able to host nearly one hundred people for a day of twelve lectures, and a half day tour of murals in Washington DC. This year, we are making plans for ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 2:59 AM by Bill Marzella
  • 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
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