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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 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
  • The Sacred Modernist: Marcel Breuer and the Design for Saint John’s Abbey Church A Lecture and Book Signing by Victoria M. Young, PhDTuesday, January 27, 2015In the 1950s the brethren at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota—the largest Benedictine abbey in the world—decided to expand their campus, including building a new church. From a who’s who of architectural stars—such as Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, Pietro Belluschi, Barry Byrne, and Eero Saarinen—the Benedictines chose a former member of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer. In collaboration with the monks, this untested religious designer produced a work of modern sculptural concrete architecture that re-envisioned what a church could be and set a worldwide standard for midcentury religious design.Dr. Young documents in her presentation ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2015, 11:52 AM by Bill Marzella
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