New England Architecture, 1620-1900

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Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 6-week course begins 11/10

The old houses of New England testify to the daily lives, the tastes, and the spirit of those who came before us, and they have their own character. New England’s vernacular architecture is distinct in its beauty and originality, its transformation of European models, its adaption to the natural environment, and its reflection of social and economic conditions. This course will serve as an introduction to the main movements of that history in the styles known as Colonial, Georgian, Federal, Greek revival, and the various manifestations of Victorian, including the Shingle Style. The emphasis is on residential architecture, without excluding church and civic buildings. David Spurr, emeritus professor at the University of Geneva, has written widely on the relations between architecture and literature. In addition to teaching literature, he has taught architectural history at Geneva and in the school of architecture at the University of Iceland.