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  • 2014 French Decorative Arts Symposium: French Style in the New World

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Apr, 2014
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    11:00 AM Coffee / Lecture 11:30 AM
    54 W. Chicago Avenue
    Individual Lecture Tickets: $45


    The Alliance Française’s 2014 Decorative Arts Symposium series, French Style in the New World, will explore French Style, the people who participated in its evolution in France, and the way it was interpreted, adapted and used in the New World in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Jason Busch, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Museum Programs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, will explore the artistic and cultural panorama of the Mississippi River Valley as the conduit for transmitting art, fashionable objects, and ideas about design, especially those emanating from France in the mid-19th century that found a home along the river in places like Natchez and New Orleans.

    Opportunities are still available for Grand Patron and Patron sponsorships. Please call Tom Driscoll at 312 337-1070 for more information on sponsorship benefits.

    For reservation information call: (312) 337-1070
    Please note that registrations for cultural programs are non-refundable.

    Register for this event!

  • William Le Baron Jenney film at the Alliance Francaise

    Chicago | Dates: 08 Apr, 2014
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Free admission.

    Join CCSAH and the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for a French-language film on late 19th century architect William Le Baron Jenney, produced by the Alumni Association of his Paris university.

    Trained in Paris as an engineer, William Le Baron Jenney (1832 - 1907) was known as the father of the steel skyscraper. He designed Chicago West Parks and Boulevards in the 1870's and is best known for having designed the Home Insurance Building in 1884 - 1885.

    Watch the documentary "in his own voice", preceded by a talk with Robert Bruegmann, architectural historian recently retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

    Please note: Mr. Bruehmann's introduction will be in English. The documentary is in French, but a French/English transcript will be available in hard copy. You can also download the English trasncript now, or on your smart phone during the program. 

    A reception will follow in the Salon.

  • Save the Date: Mackintosh Architecture: A New Study

    Glasgow | Dates: 19 Sep, 2014
    Save the Date!

    Mackintosh Architecture: A New Study
    The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
    One-day symposium Friday 19 September 2014

    In July 2014 The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, will launch a major
    new online resource: Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and
    Meaning. This website is the culmination of a four-year project, funded
    by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which has developed the
    first catalogue raisonné of Mackintosh’s architecture and that of the
    practice of John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh.

    This one-day symposium will explore the development of the project
    and its research outcomes.

    Speakers include the project team: Professor Pamela Robertson, Joseph
    Sharples, Dr Nicky Imrie; and Roger Billcliffe; Ranald MacInnes, Historic
    Scotland; and Dr William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition.

    Organised by The Hunterian in association with the Charles Rennie
    Mackintosh Society.
  • AHLP Annual Conference: Learning from Saint Paul: A New Paradigm

    St. Paul | Dates: 21 – 24 May, 2014
    Plan to join your friends and colleagues in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and witness firsthand this innovative strategy towards building strong cities – a shared, collective vision focused on the public realm.

    As well as boasting the State Capitol, Saint Paul is home to Indian Mounds Park (an integral part of a much longer American Indian story), and Summit Avenue (the longest and best-preserved row of Victorian mansions in America).  And for you Garrison Keillor fans, it is also the home to A Prairie Home Companion, as well as Mickey’s Diner (the first of its type listed on the National Register) not three blocks north of where we’ll be staying: in Minnesota’s ‘landmark’ Saint Paul Hotel (providing luxurious accommodations and legendary service since 1910).  In the heart of downtown directly across from Rice Park, the hotel is within easy walking distance of that ‘communal touchstone’, the Mississippi.

    And for those who were wondering about the ‘other’ Twin City, don’t worry.  Minneapolis will be suitably covered in our explorations (Nicollet Mall, Peavey Plaza, and that Spoonbridge sculpture!).  We are also making plans to leave the Twin Cities and visit Stillwater on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

  • ASEH 2014: Crossing Divides

    San Francisco | Dates: 12 – 16 Mar, 2014

    Conference Program:

    Click here to view conference program.

    Click here for a pdf file of the conference program.

    Click here for free app for conference program.

    Click here for conference schedule at a glance.


    Our conference will be held at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel - located next to the Powell St. BART station near Union Square in downtown San Francisco. The conference hotel rate is $189/night, with a limited number of student rooms at $129/night.

    To reserve a room, use offer code ASEH and click here. The hotel reservation system can also be reached at800-697-3103. Be sure to say that this is for the ASEH conference.

    Click here for hotel's sustainability statement.

    Click here if you are interested in sharing a room at the conference.

    Registration and Fees:

    Conference Registration Form


    Cancellation Policy


    Getting to San Francisco

    Getting Around in San Francisco

    BART System Map

    Map of Downtown SF, Showing Conference Hotel Location

    Visa letters

    In and Around San Francisco:

    Local Weather - and What to Bring


    Children and Families

    Archives in the Bay Area: A Selected List

    Read About San Francisco History

    Community Gardens/Food Justice

    Special Events:


    Plenary Sessions and Lunch Talks

    Pre-Conference Workshops

    Graduate Student Workshops

    Field Trip List

    Field Trip Descriptions


    Saturday Evening Dinner Buffet and Music

    Hal Rothman Fun(d) Run

    AV and Posters

    AV at the Conference

    Instructions for Presenting Posters

    List of Posters

    Students and Student Support:

    Click here for info. on volunteering at the conference.

    Click here to sign up for our conference mentoring/hosting program to support students and new professionals/new attendees.


    The deadline for placing an ad has passed. Click here to view the announcements for environmental history books and new scholarship.


    Click here for info on exhibiting at our conference in San Francisco.

    Click here for a list of exhibitors.


    Click here for preliminary list of sponsors.

    Travel Grant Recipients

    Click here for a list of travel grant recipients in 2014.

    Questions? Contact:

    Carolyn Merchant, local arrangements co-chair - merchant@berkeley.edu

    John Perkins, local arrangements co-chair - PerkinsJ@evergreen.edu

    Laura Watt, local arrangements co-chair - laura.watt@sonoma.edu

    David Biggs, program committee chair - dbiggs@ucr.edu

    Lisa Mighetto, ASEH director - director@aseh.net

    The meeting will include trips to Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, an organic winery, and more. Additional info. will be available on this website in June of 2013. Click here for timeline showing anniversary dates for 2014.

  • 1945–1975: British Culture for Architecture: Call for Proposals

    Montréal | Dates: 24 Feb – 03 Mar, 2014
    CCA Multidisciplinary Research Program The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Other Side of the Tracks: Charlottesville's Landscape of Prostitution, 1880-1950

    Washington | Dates: 11 Mar, 2014
    A Lecture by Professor Daniel Bluestone - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Like other occupations, prostitution has a spatial and architectural context, in some cases modest in other cases monumental. Focusing on a single city, this lecture will explore the landscape of prostitution, considering the ways in which the legal and moral frame shaped the location and architectural form of accommodation. It will also review legal prohibitions against prostitution present particular challenges to historical inquiry.

    DANIEL BLUESTONE is Professor of Architectural History and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Virginia. Currently Professor Bluestone is a Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. In 2013 The Society of Architectural Historian awarded Professor Bluestone book Buildings, Landscapes and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation it Antoinette Forrester Downing Award, which recognizes "the most outstanding publication devoted to historical topics in the preservation field."

    The First Congregational United Church of Christ
    Second Floor Meeting Room
    945 G Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    6:30 pm – reception; 7:00 pm – lecture

    Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.
  • Save the Date for MNSAH's Spring Tour to Des Moines

    Des Moines | Dates: 06 – 08 Jun, 2014
    Join MNSAH members for a weekend tour to Des Moines, Iowa. Highlights of the tour will include the Des Moines Art Center, Salisbury House and Gardens, Papajohn Sculptural Park, Drake University, the Moderne-style Butler house, historic Sherman Hill neighborhood, and more.

    Visit work designed by well-known architects including Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier, I.M. Pei, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Harry Weese. 

    Details about the tour will be announced shortly. 
  • Mark Hinchman: The Short, Brilliant, and Modern Career of Y.T. Lee: Kuala Lumpur, 1953-1970

    Singapore | Dates: 25 – 25 Feb, 2014
    A lecture on the life and work of a Chinese architect active in Malaysia, before and after independence.
  • From Below the Ground Up: A Geologist’s Reading of Urban Cemeteries in NYC

    New York | Dates: 11 Mar, 2014
    Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 6:00pm

    NYC Parks, Cypress Hills Cemetery, The New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies and The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation will present a series of three lectures in 2014 as part of the Uncommon Ground Series: Urban Cemeteries as Historic Landscapes Part II: Design, Topography/Geology and Stewardship. The subject of urban cemeteries, both private and public, will be explored with a view toward greater  understanding, appreciation and stewardship of these evocative landscapes.

    On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm Sidney Horenstein will speak on From Below the Ground Up: A Geologist’s Reading of Urban Cemeteries in NYC. New York City has the most diverse geology of any city in the United States. What role, if any, did geology play in the location and design and maintenance issues of our historic cemeteries? Older cemeteries, to some extent, preserve original topography. They are also important places to study the processes of weathering as well as the physical and chemical properties of the stones used in monuments, mausoleums and gravestones. With such a variety of cemeteries in the five boroughs, each individual site is a geological educational resource. Mr. Horenstein will share some historic and prehistoric clues embedded in these unique landscapes to help us better understand the physical character of their rich landscape. Learn more here.

  • Garden Dialogues: Florida Gulf Coast

    Sarasota | Dates: 29 Mar, 2014
    On Saturday, March 29, get exclusive access to this private garden and landscape in Sarasota and hear directly from the designer and his client about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.
  • Garden Dialogues: Houston

    Houston | Dates: 16 Mar, 2014
    On Sunday, March 16, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Houston and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.
  • Garden Dialogues: Miami and Palm Beach

    Miami and Palm Beach | Dates: 15 – 30 Mar, 2014
    On weekends between March 15th and 30th, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Miami and Palm Beach and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.
  • What’s Out There Weekend Miami

    Miami | Dates: 12 – 13 Apr, 2014

    What’s Out There Weekend Miami, scheduled for April 12 & 13, will offer tours of lush, tropical flora and landscapes from Palm Beach to Miami Beach and elsewhere. Tour highlights include Miami’s Lincoln Road, from the iconic 1960s Modernist blocks designed by Morris Lapidus to Raymond Jungles’ recent design at 1111 Lincoln Road and West 8’s Miami SoundScape Lincoln Park at the New World Symphony; Fort Lauderdale's Bonnet House’s 35 acres of tropical gardens that incorporate an eclectic and diverse mix of regional ecosystems; and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, the masterwork of Colombian landscape architect Diego Suarez, who merged Italianate classical design with native tropical plants in this extravagant ten-acre estate garden. Other notable regional parks, plazas, and botanical gardens will also be included in Weekend tours. What’s Out There Weekend tours provide fascinating insights about city shaping, landscape architecture and the design history of places they may pass every day but don’t necessarily know about.

    The What’s Out There Weekend program dovetails with the Web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database currently features more than 1,500 sites, 10,000 images and 750 designer profiles.  And, What's Out There is optimized for iPhones and similar handheld devices, and includes What's Nearby - a GPS-enabled function that locates all landscapes in the database within a 25-mile radius of any given location.

    Registrations will be posted in late February!

  • Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches

    Braunschweig | Dates: 01 – 03 Apr, 2014

    Braunschweig, April 1 - 03, 2014
    Registration deadline: Mar 15, 2014

    Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches

    In 2014, Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe will celebrate the 20th anniversary of cooperation between the Center for Jewish Art/Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Department of Architectural History/Technische Universität Braunschweig that resulted in the establishment of the Bet Tfila – Research Unit. During the past 20 years several research projects, surveys, exhibitions, etc. were carried out, generously supported by various private donors, public institutions, and foundations.

    To celebrate this anniversary, Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe organizes the interdisciplinary and international conference “Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches” in order to discuss the actual and future approach to architecture as part of the Jewish visual heritage. On the basis of primary sources and case studies, the tangible evidence of Jewish architecture will be revealed, analyzed, and placed in contrast to European architecture. The conference will emphasize the documentation and preservation of Jewish monuments and sites as well as their integration and transformation into museums.

    The conference will continue the discussion and network established during the previous Bet Tfila conference, held in 2007. The results were published in the volume “Jewish Architecture in Europe,” ed. by Aliza Cohen-Mushlin and Harmen H. Thies, Petersberg 2010.


    Im Jahr 2014 feiert die Bet Tfila – Forschungsstelle für jüdische Architektur in Europa den 20. Geburtstag des Beginns der Kooperation mit dem Center for Jewish Art/Hebrew University of Jerusalem und dem Fachgebiet Baugeschichte/Technische Universität Braunschweig, aus der sich die Bet Tfila verstetigt hat. Während der vergangenen 20 Jahre wurden verschiedene Projekte, Untersuchungen, Ausstellung etc. durchgeführt und umgesetzt, die von verschiedenen forschungsfördernden Einrichtungen, Stiftungen und Privatpersonen gefördert worden sind.

    Um den aktuellen und zukünftigen Umgang mit dem Kulturgut "Jüdische Architektur" zu diskutieren, plant die Bet Tfila – Forschungsstelle für jüdische Architektur in Europa eine interdisziplinäre und internationale Tagung mit dem Titel "Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches" an der TU Braunschweig. Anhand konkreter Sachquellen und Fallbeispiele sollen dabei die materiellen Zeugnisse jüdischer Architektur in Deutschland und Europa aufgezeigt, analysiert und kritisch vergleichend in den Kontext der allgemeinen europäischen Architektur eingeordnet werden. Im Fokus stehen das Sachzeugnis selbst und die aus ihm abzuleitenden Interpretationsmöglichkeiten. Dabei zeigen die aktuellen Entwicklungen die Dringlichkeit eines Diskurses, in dem Vertreter der verschiedenen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen einerseits den Stand ihrer Forschungen erläutern und neue Arbeitsmethoden und -techniken vorstellen, andererseits aber auch zukunftsweisende Perspektiven für Forschungsaufgaben entwickeln sollen. Vor allem soll dabei ein Schwerpunkt auf dem praktischen Umgang mit dem Kulturgut "jüdische Architektur" in den Bereichen Dokumentation, Denkmalpflege und Musealisierung liegen.

    Die Konferenz soll den wissenschaftlichen Diskurs und das während der letzten Bet Tfila Konferenz im Jahr 2007 gebildete Forschungsnetzwerk erweitern. Die Ergebnisse der letzten Konferenz sind veröffentlicht im Band 6 "Jewish Architecture in Europe" der Schriftenreihe der Bet Tfila, herausgegeben von Aliza Cohen-Mushlin und Harmen H. Thies, Petersberg 2010.

  • The V&A/RCA Postgraduate Programme in the History of Design announces two new MA scholarships for 2014/5.

    London | Dates: 21 Feb, 2014

    The V&A/RCA Postgraduate Programme in the History of Design announces
    two new MA scholarships for 2014/5.

    V&A/RCA History of Design is a two-year full-time MA programme, based
    at both the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art, and
    offers a unique platform for study in three specialist areas:
    Renaissance and Early Modern; Modern and Contemporary; and Asian, Early
    Modern to Contemporary. MPhil and PhD are also offered, as part of the
    Doctoral Studies Programme in the RCA School of Humanities.
    New scholarship for students applying from India: The Bonita Trust
    Scholarship in History of Design

    We are delighted to announce a new scholarship for 2014-15 for
    candidates applying to the V&A/RCA History of Design MA Programme from
    India. The student must be an Indian national. The Bonita Trust
    Scholarship in History of Design covers full overseas fees for the two
    years of the MA and also includes a maintenance grant of up to 3,100 GBP
    per year.

    The Bonita Trust is a philanthropic trust established under Gibraltar
    law in 2004, with its vision to help communities address some of the
    important health and education challenges facing them, leveraging
    cutting edge technologies and Internet-based solutions. Since its
    inception Bonita has committed over £15 million pounds to both communal
    based and cross-border projects in the areas of health, medical
    research, human community services, education, culture and heritage,
    female entrepreneurship and disaster relief.

    New Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Prize for students
    applying to the Renaissance and Early Modern specialism
    We are very pleased to announce this new award available for students
    from the UK or EU applying to the Renaissance and Early Modern
    specialism of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA Programme. The Robert H.
    Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Prize is offered to a student who
    intends to undertake research in any aspect of Renaissance sculpture and
    its broad cultural and social context. The award offers a contribution
    towards the fees of 3,000 GBP a year for the two years of the MA.

    In addition to these two new scholarships, the V&A/RCA History of
    Design Programme also offers several other scholarships for UK and EU
    students.  The scholarships and awards are given on a competitive basis,
    judged at interview. Students should indicate their interest in and
    suitability for the Awards on their application form. Interviews will be
    held in March 2014, in person or by Skype.

    Please note these scholarships and awards are only available for MA
    students. For further information on research degrees in History of
    Design and RCA Humanities, please visit www.rca.ac.uk or contact

    Home/EU fees for 2014/15 will be 9,000 GBP per annum. Overseas fees
    will be 27,900 GBP per annum. The College is designated as an eligible
    institution for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the new Direct Loan
  • CFP: Religion and Modernist Architecture Post-WWII (24-26 Jun 14)

    Toronto | Dates: 26 Feb, 2014

    CFP: Religion and Modernist Architecture Post-WWII (Toronto, 24-26 Jun 14)

    Toronto (Canada), June 24 - 27, 2014

    Deadline: Feb 26, 2014

    Call for Papers for a panel at the 2014 ISIH conference in Toronto.

    We are looking for two papers to complete a panel on:

    ‘Apocryphal and Apostolic Modernism. Forgotten connections between religion and architecture, 1945-1970’.

    Panel description:

    This panel seeks to discuss the connection between religious and philosophical concepts and the theoretical discourse on architectural modernism from the period 1945-1970. The  panel is structured around two different questions that, to a certain extent, mirror  each other.

    The first one is: in what way has religious thinking, of Catholic origin, influenced the theoretical discourse on architectural modernism? Here, the panel seeks papers that will focus on the writings of (European) architects whose theoretical concepts (e.g. form,

    empathy) did root in religious traditions. Often, canonized views on modernism have, unjustly, neglected and even excluded this complex type of religious imagination. Next to focusing on this ‘apocryphal modernism’, the panel also seeks to answer a second question: in what way did non-religious, philosophical and aesthetic concepts influence the theoretical discourse on religious architecture? Here, the panel wants to concentrate on writings (monographs, art-theoretical journals) by (European) Catholic intellectuals from the fifties and the sixties that reflect on the necessity to innovate religious architecture in line with modernist ideals. This part can be termed  “apostolic modernism”. As this panel will disclose the diverse aesthetic theories that were mobilized to safeguard a ritualistic or sacred understanding of the built environment in an increasingly technocratic society, it covers a ‘hinterland’ of both intellectual and religious history. We are looking for three papers which do not reduce the impact of religious beliefs to a regressive element at work within modernity, but disclose the interaction between artistic and religious imagination in the twentieth century, and this in the field of architecture.

    Deadline: Please contact me before the end of february with a short proposal. Thanks!


  • Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens

    Savannah | Dates: 27 – 30 Mar, 2014

    The Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah's finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations but seldom seen by visitors. In addition to home and garden walking tours, you can also enjoy some exclusive special events as well as some of the best food and hospitality the South has to offer.

    Savannah has the largest urban landmark historic district in the United States. In this 2.5 square mile area, there is an astonishingly preserved genteel city encompassing the beauty, architecture and history of the old South. Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Edward Oglethorpe whose colonial plan was based on a grid of residences and broad thoroughfares with spacious public squares at regular intervals. This design has blossomed into a gracious city whose downtown has been enhanced by more than fifty years of preservation activity. Twenty-two oak-canopied squares surrounded by lovely homes and churches give Savannah a character of its own.

    Events fill quickly and may have limited seatings, so please reserve your tickets early!

  • Speaking for Themselves: Women of Seward House Tour

    Auburn | Dates: 29 Mar, 2014

    March 29, 2014  – 

    11am. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for museum members. Reservations required.

    This glimpse into the lives of the women of the Seward family through their personal diaries and letters shows their insight into gender relations, politics, and social customs in the antebellum and Civil War periods.

  • Merchant's House Museum St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants

    New York | Dates: 16 Mar, 2014
    Sunday, March 16, Tours at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
    St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants

    Join us for a back-stairs look at the Merchant’s House, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York). Come climb the narrow staircase to the just-restored fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work. You’ll learn why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without them.

    Included with regular admission. Reservations not required.