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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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  • The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe A Lecture and Book Signing by Vincent L. Michael, PhD Thursday, June 11, 2015One of the first significant apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright, Barry Byrne (1883–1967) was a radical architect who sought basic principles as fervently as his mentor Wright and his inspiration Louis Sullivan. From these roots he developed a design philosophy that began with the function of the building. He followed Wright's principles but forged an individual style more reminiscent of Sullivan and Irving Gill, with taut planar skins enveloping modern space plans. In 1922 he designed the first modern Catholic church building, St. Thomas the Apostle in Chicago, and in 1924 he traveled to Europe where he met Mies, Mendelsohn, Oud, and other modernist ...
    Posted May 27, 2015, 5:13 PM by Bill Marzella
  • A Members-only Curator Tour of "The Architectural Image, 1920-1950" Saturday, March 7th, from 2 to 3 p.m. National Building MuseumJoin us for a Saturday afternoon tour of the exhibit led by G. Martin Moeller, Jr., Senior Curator at the National Building Museum. Please note the particular relevance of this tour to the March 21-22 Latrobe Chapter Symposium, “Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art.” Between 1920 and 1950, architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any similar timespan in history. At the beginning of the period, neoclassicism—as promoted by the centuries-old École des Beaux Arts in Paris—still dominated in the U.S. and much of Europe. But the newly established Bauhaus school in Germany, advocating for functional design free of unnecessary ornament ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 7:59 AM by Bill Marzella
  • Latrobe Chapter Symposium: Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art G. Byron Peck, Duke Ellington, mural at 1200 U St. NW Washington DC, 1997/2010; removed for repairs in 2012 Organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning.  The 11th Biennial Symposium explores the relationship between architecture and art as it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.Saturday, March 21Twelve scholars will present their research proposing diverse approaches to understanding how architecture interacts with other artistic media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, posters, film, or performance.Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, Crough Center for Architectural Studies9:00    Continental Breakfast9 ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2015, 2:42 PM by Bill Marzella
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