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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.

News and Announcements

  • Latrobe Chapter Fellowship Announced See our "Annual Conference Fellowship" page for more information!
    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 3:41 PM by Bill Marzella
  • A Members-only Study Tour: Belair at Bowie, Maryland Saturday, October 3rd at 10:30 a.m.Described from the outset as Levitt and Sons’s “most de luxe venture,” Belair at Bowie, Maryland (1960‐70), grew out of more than a decade’s experience in mass housing design, construction, and marketing by a firm whose name and identity was synonymous with postwar residential construction.For the company, which started in 1958 at Levittown (later Willingboro), New Jersey, Belair provided their initial product and marketing redirection away from what had previously been a largely working‐class base. With ground broken two years later at Belair, Levitt and Sons made the final turn from minimum houses created mainly for the middle‐income working class to those designed expressly for middle ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 4:56 AM by Bill Marzella
  • French Roof Mania: The Rise and Fall of the Second Empire Style in America A Lecture by Roger G. ReedWednesday, September 30, 2015  NOTE THE NEW DATE!The Second Empire style has come to epitomize Victorian architecture, and often in a negative setting. Everyone from Charles Addams to Alfred Hitchcock has worked to cement the image of a house with a mansard roof representing age, decay, and obsolescence, if not murder and mayhem. Yet this style (as historians have defined it) was extraordinarily popular in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. Architects and taste-makers generally despaired at its universal popularity for all classes of society and all types of buildings (except churches). Yet the public was infatuated, as the perceptive critic Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer observed in 1886: None too pleasing ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2015, 10:33 AM by Bill Marzella
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