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  • Latrobe Chapter Summer Picnic Saturday, June 17thSummer picnic and tours of the Historic Clermont Farm in Berryville, VA! The Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, in partnership with the Washington, DC Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, will host a summer picnic and tour at the Clermont Farm in Berryville, Virginia. Clermont Farm, a 360-acre working cattle and sheep farm, is a site dedicated to research and training in history, historic preservation, and agriculture. A gift to the people of Virginia by Elizabeth Rust Williams in 2004, the site is owned by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and operated by the Clermont Foundation.  Clermont is architecturally significant as a well-preserved agricultural complex of buildings ranging in date ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 1:51 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Call for Papers! 2017 Latrobe Chapter Symposium October 28, 2017The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and PlanningOrganized 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 12th Biennial Symposium explores the relationship between Federal and local interests as they relate to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.CALL FOR PAPERS City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol The tensions between serving as the National Capital and functioning as a practical city have defined Washington, DC, politically, socially, and physically. Throughout the city, suburbs, and surrounding region, this conflict is manifest in the built environment. From the governing precinct emanating ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 10:34 AM by Bill Marzella
  • Practical Geometry: How We Designed and Laid Out Buildings Before Standard Dimensions Lecture by Jane Griswold RadocchiaWednesday, May 10, 2017Why did James Gibbs and William Buckland sit for their portraits holding compasses? Why did Asher Benjamin and Owen Biddle begin their pattern books with Practical Geometry? Why was Peter Nicholson’s book about practical geometry. The Carpenter’s New Guide, published in 1792, so popular that it ran through 10 editions? A compass was the master builder’s symbol, his tool. Practical geometry governed how we designed and built: plans and elevations, framing; windows, doors, ornamentation. Measurements came after layout. Facility with a compass was a basic skill taught to apprentices by master builders. The Industrial Revolution, especially the need for interchangeable parts and therefore standard dimensions, made geometry - expressed ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2017, 7:50 AM by Bill Marzella
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