Happy Holidays from the Latrobe Chapter

President’s Letter and Membership Renewal

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 tours, and I hope you will renew your membership for next year.   

Here’s a sneak peek of our 2019 lecture and tour series:

  • ·March – Behind the scenes tour of Riversdale Historic House Museum, Riverdale Park, MD

  • April – San Diego TIKI: Creating a Post-War Tropical Paradise lecture by Diane Kane

  • MayBuilding Washington: An Engineering and Construction History of Washington, D.C.: 1790-1840 lecture and book signing by Robert Kapsch

  • June – Tour and luncheon at Virginia’s historic Stratford Hall

Your membership is vital to continuing our programming. 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.)

Please use the attached 2019 membership renewal form or go to our new Latrobe Chapter website. The web address is the same (www.latrobechaptersah.org) but with an improved design and the ability to renew your membership online through PayPal (coming soon!). As you select your membership type, please keep in mind the Email Only option is the easiest way to stay in touch and it’s a great savings to you and the Chapter!

I look forward to seeing you in the New Year! 



Lauren Oswalt McHale

P.S. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Society of Architectural Historians 72rd Annual International Conference in Providence, RI – April 24-28, 2019 and the biennial conference of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History in Arlington, VA – October 31-November 3, 2019.

Welcome to our new website!

The Latrobe Chapter is delighted to welcome chapter members and guests to our completely redesigned and upgraded website!

Our new website offers:

  • Convenient and secure online membership renewal through PayPal;

  • Social media integration; and

  • A streamlined new aesthetic.

We hope you will use our new website as a one-stop-shop for all Latrobe Chapter news and information. Our website will continue to be used as a tool for archiving information on our extensive list of past events and symposium themes.

Thank you to our members for your patience as we underwent this exciting upgrade.

Latrobe Chapter Tour: Waddy B. Wood

The Latrobe Chapter presents a tour of four of the houses of Washington architect Waddy B. Wood to expand our understanding of the work of this prominent local architect discussed by Emily Hotaling Eig in her recent lecture to the chapter.

Waddy B. Wood is perhaps best known for the design of the Department of the Interior Building, but he left a substantial legacy of residential work. Over a nearly fifty-year career, more than a hundred houses can be attributed either to him directly or to Wood, Donn, & Deming, the firm of which he was a principal for twelve years.

The four houses we will tour, and a few others we will swing by, represent the range of styles most common in his residential work, from the Spanish and more generalized Mediterranean Revival influence to his favored vocabulary of the Colonial Revival. We will see the house he designed for himself in Dupont Circle, the house to which Woodrow Wilson retired, a rowhouse in Mt. Pleasant where John Joseph Earley lived, and a substantial rowhouse in Kalorama.