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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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  • A Members-only Tour of The Octagon Saturday, May 3rd at 10:15 AM.Please join the Latrobe Chapter for a members-only a tour of the Octagon House (1799 New York Avenue NW). Katherine Somerville, Director of Programs at the Octagon, will be leading us on an hour-long tour.  Ms. Somerville will present the history of change at the Octagon, one of America's finest early residences. In 1799, wealthy Virginian John Tayloe III, purchased an oddly-shaped lot at the intersection of 18th Street and New York Avenue, a few blocks north of the Potomac River, to build his family an urban home in the new capitol city. Rather than imposing a regular form upon the irregular site, architect Dr. William Thornton (first architect ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2014, 6:49 PM by Bill Marzella
  • The Other Side of the Tracks: Charlottesville's Landscape of Prostitution, 1880-1950 A Lecture by Professor Daniel Bluestone  - Tuesday, March 11, 2014Like other occupations, prostitution has a spatial and architectural context, in some cases modest in other cases monumental. Focusing on a single city, this lecture will explore the landscape of prostitution, considering the ways in which the legal and moral frame shaped the location and architectural form of accommodation. It will also review legal prohibitions against prostitution present particular challenges to historical inquiry. DANIEL BLUESTONE is Professor of Architectural History and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Virginia. Currently Professor Bluestone is a Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. In 2013 The Society of Architectural Historian awarded Professor Bluestone book Buildings, Landscapes and Memory: Case ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2014, 3:27 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Riga's Capital Modernism A Lecture by Professor Steven Mansbach - Tuesday, February 11, 2014For the Baltic republics that emerged in the wake of World War I—as for other newly-established nations in Central Europe—modern art, design, and architecture served as effective means to assert a national identity. But the innovative forms and progressive styles that were so important to the nations’ self-understanding shifted in character over the course of time. This is especially true for Latvia’s architecture, where changes in local political, ethnic, and cultural circumstances constantly inflected the visual character and meanings of modernism. Riga’s own twentieth-century architectural history, beginning with a singularly rich and inventive Jugendstil and culminating in an indigenous authoritarian functionalism articulated in ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2014, 10:13 AM by Bill Marzella
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