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  • President's Letter, January 2017 Dear Latrobe Chapter Members: On behalf of the Board of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, I would like to thank all of our members for their continued support and interest in our programs. This past year the Chapter offered an incredible line up of lectures and study tours, and I am pleased to announce the opening of our 2017 schedule. We will again be offering members the opportunity to pay a discounted price in advance for the full series of five lectures. (Tours are reserved separately and priced individually.) Here are some of this year’s upcoming highlights: On February 8th Timothy Davis, PhD will deliver a lecture titled, National Park Roads: Reconciling the Machine and ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2017, 1:09 PM by Bill Marzella
  • National Park Roads: Reconciling the Machine and the Garden Lecture by Timothy Davis, PhDWednesday, February 8, 2017Millions of visitors tour national parks every year, but few consider when, where, how or why the roads they travel on were built. This presentation highlights the unique qualities of national park roads, relates them to European precedents and the Olmstedian tradition, and examines their role in shaping the national park experience. Not only do park roads determine what most visitors see and how they see it, but decisions about park roads epitomize the central challenge of national park stewardship: balancing preservation and access in America’s most treasured landscapes. Park roads have been celebrated as technical and aesthetic masterpieces, hailed as democratizing influences, and vilified for invading pristine wilderness with ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 11:10 AM by Bill Marzella
  • Papertrails and Polychromies at Persepolis: Working on the Monuments of Darius the Great (549-486 BCE) in Iran A Lecture by Alexander Nagel, PhDWednesday, December 14, 2016 The impressive monuments on the UNESCO world heritage site of Persepolis near the modern city of Shiraz, Iran remain one of the best-preserved architectural edifices to study aspects of ancient architecture and technology between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. Excavated since the 19th century, the buildings at Persepolis as well as those at Pasargadae and Susa were originally covered with bright colors and metal attachments. Since 2006, Dr. Nagel has been working with colleagues on the sites to determine the original polychrome appearance and to understand the functioning of the work force on the monumental architectures of these sites. This talk will provide an overview of the work ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 2:07 PM by Bill Marzella
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