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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 Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robert Llewellyn Wright House Saturday, April 9th, 3:00 PMUpdate--tour is full! Thank you to everyone who registered. You will receive an email confirmation with directions to the house.Join the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians on a tour of one of the few Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residences in the Washington, D.C. region. Designed in 1953 for his son, Robert Llewellyn Wright, the house is perched above Cabin John Creek in Bethesda, Maryland. The house, now owned by Wright’s grandson, evokes the hallmarks of the Usonian style developed by Wright in the 1930s: low cost, communion with nature, and honesty in building materials. The tour will be led by Clare Lise Kelly, architectural historian with the ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 7:57 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Arthur A. Shurcliff: Colonial Revival, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Evolution of a Landscape Architect A Lecture by Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Ph.D.Tuesday, March 22, 2016By fortune and to a degree by happenstance Arthur Shurcliff took part in a significant early 20th century “restoration” project: the fashioning of Colonial Williamsburg. Within the unusualness of taking on the preservation of an entire town, Shurcliff’s role was without precedent, and one he was uniquely suited to assume. He served as chief landscape architect for design and planning decisions made between the inception of what was called The Restoration in 1928, until 1941 when he retired. The complex issues that arose during the restoration, recreation, and creation within the quiet, little town—discussions that have grown and multiplied over the ensuing years— are the subject ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 9:55 AM by Bill Marzella
  • 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
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