Replicating Mount Vernon

posted May 11, 2014, 3:46 PM by Bill Marzella
A Lecture by Lydia Mattice Brandt, PhD  - Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Mount Vernon is the most replicated building in the United States. Americans slap those spindly white columns onto funeral homes, dry-cleaners, motels, and McMansions. But how and why did George Washington's eccentrically vernacular mansion get translated onto such a wide range of commercial and residential buildings? Over the past 200 years, Mount Vernon has become an iconic architectural image that is flexible enough to serve an astonishing range of building types and functions, political points of view, and understandings of the American past.

Lydia Mattice Brandt is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches architectural history; the history of American art; and the theory, methods, and practice of historic preservation. This summer, she is a fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, where she is finishing her book on the image of Mount Vernon in popular American architecture and culture.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
6:30 pm – reception; 7:00 pm – lecture

$10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members. See attached flyer for additional information.
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Bill Marzella,
May 11, 2014, 3:46 PM
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