President's Letter, January 2017

posted Jan 27, 2017, 1:09 PM by Bill Marzella   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 1:09 PM ]
Dear Latrobe Chapter Members:

On behalf of the Board of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, I would like to thank all of our members for their continued support and interest in our programs. This past year the Chapter offered an incredible line up of lectures and study tours, and I am pleased to announce the opening of our 2017 schedule.

We will again be offering members the opportunity to pay a discounted price in advance for the full series of five lectures. (Tours are reserved separately and priced individually.) Here are some of this year’s upcoming highlights:
  • On February 8th Timothy Davis, PhD will deliver a lecture titled, National Park Roads: Reconciling the Machine and the Garden
  • On March 21st we will host an event exploring the history of The Green Book, a pre-Civil Rights era travel guide that helped African-American motorists find garages, beauty parlors, hotels, restaurants, and drug stores who would serve them while traveling on America’s highways. 
  • During the summer we will offer a picnic and tour of Claremont Farm in Berryville, VA in conjunction with the Association of Preservation Technology. This will be a rare opportunity to explore a large and well-preserved plantation dating from the mid-18th century. 
  • In the fall we will hold our biennial symposium on the architecture of Washington, DC and how the unique forces and controls of being the Nation’s Capital has impacted its design. 
If you have not already renewed your membership, please see the enclosed 2017 renewal form. Your membership is vital to continuing our programing, and we sincerely hope you will again join us for another exciting year.

The Latrobe Chapter’s website ( and our Facebook page “Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians” are great ways to get information about our activities or last minute updates. We are always looking for new ideas and ways to improve our programs, so please feel free to contact me with your suggestions and feedback at or (317) 459-8973.


Lauren Oswalt McHale
Bill Marzella,
Jan 27, 2017, 1:09 PM