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  • Nooks and Crannies

    Gloucester | Dates: 09 Jul, 2014
    This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room, including passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public. Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff. Light refreshments included.

    Wednesday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. – noon
    $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers
    Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information. Purchase tickets now
  • Lymans Lost and Found: Rediscovering a Family Compound in Waltham

    Waltham | Dates: 07 Jul, 2014
    Today, two historic country estates in Waltham, Stonehurst and the Lyman Estate, are preserved to tell the story of the Lyman family and their descendants. In the past, the properties associated with five generations of this prominent family encompassed a much larger area, with many outlying structures. Some Lyman family buildings no longer exist, but others are still standing undiscovered in the community. An illustrated lecture by City of Waltham's Curator of Stonehurst Curator Ann Clifford and Historic New England Senior Preservation Services Manager Sally Zimmerman reveals what’s been lost, what’s been found, and how this extensive family compound changed over time and survives today.

    In partnership with the City of Waltham’s Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate.

    Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information. Reserve tickets now

    Monday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.

  • Celebrate Independence Day at Otis House

    Boston | Dates: 04 Jul, 2014
    On your way to the fireworks, experience the elegant life of one of Boston's leading families just after the American Revolution. Tour the first floor of this elegant mansion, built in 1796.

    Friday, July 4, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Connecticut Historic Gardens Day

    Woodstock | Dates: 22 Jun, 2014

    Celebrate the eleventh annual Connecticut Historic Gardens Day with a guided tour of the formal parterre garden at Roseland Cottage, chosen by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s best public garden. Learn the history, significance, and theory behind the garden layout and design, and how that design reflects the theories of Andrew Jackson Downing. Guided tours on the hour.
  • Tiles for Miles

    New York | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014
    11:00am to 2:00pm

    Discover the beautiful tile patterns designed by the Guastavinos for the arched ceilings of the Vanderbilt Hotel, City Hall Subway Station, and the Queensboro Bridgemarket. View photographs, drawings, and watercolors of these designs in the exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, then apply your own artistic eye to create an original pattern.

  • Innovators: The Engineering and Design of Tall Buildings

    New York | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014


    If the Guastavinos – with their miraculous thin-tile structural vaults – were the building technology innovators of a century ago, who are the innovators of today? As 21st-century skylines continue to rise, architects and engineers must solve an ever-mounting array of design and construction challenges.  Join Nadine Post, award-winning journalist and Editor-at-Large for Engineering News-Record, and other leading innovators for a roundtable discussion on how they are tackling the issues presented by buildings that exceed 100 stories. Panelists include structural engineer Bill Baker (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), mechanical engineer Ashok Raiji, Assoc. AIA (ARUP), and architects Paul Katz, FAIA (Kohn Pedersen Fox) and Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, the visionaries behind some of the tallest buildings in the world.

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and presented in conjunction with Palaces for the People.

    Free for AIA, ACEC and Museum members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.

    1.5 LU AIA CES will be offered for attending this event.

  • Vintage Wisconsin Gardens Book Talk

    Crandon | Dates: 30 Jun, 2014

    Join Lee Somerville, author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening, for a discussion of vintage Wisconsin gardens as Crandon Public Library plants its own vintage garden. The author introduces readers to the Wisconsin's ornamental gardens of the 19th and early 20th centuries, showcasing the "vernacular" gardens created by landscaping enthusiasts for their own use and pleasure.
  • Walking Tour of Historic Wausau

    Wausau | Dates: 21 Jun, 2014

    Join the Marathon County Historical Society for a one-hour walking tour that will highlight the lovely homes of Wausau's Andrew Warren Historic District, and touch on Wausau's downtown history. The tour is free, and leaves from the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe Str. All ages.

    This event is part of the Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin's Stories One Community at a Time. As the Wisconsin Historical Society embarks on this Tour, we have hopes to spend time with, and share stories of the past with, communities throughout the state. For a monthlong stay at a time, the Society will bring a handcrafted exhibit to a community — Wausau being our first stop in June 2014 — to share pieces of our collection we have gathered since our founding in 1846. For five days of our visit, the Tour will offer free programs for the whole family.

    The Wisconsin History Tour is generously underwritten, in part, by the Kohler Trust for Preservation with additional support from the Judd S. Alexander Foundation, American Printing, Culver's, Murco Fund, and We Energies Foundation.

  • Building Pictures: Architectural Photographs by Édouard Baldus

    Cincinnati | Dates: 19 Jul – 26 Oct, 2014
    Building Pictures presents photographs in the Art Museum collection by Édouard Baldus, the leading architectural photographer in France during the 1850s and ’60s. Featuring images of the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and other buildings and engineering feats throughout the country, this display demonstrates Baldus’s mastery of the new medium. Aesthetically pleasing, technically sophisticated, and an influence upon generations of photographers, Baldus’s images set the standard for representing architecture and detailed the emerging modern landscape. 
  • Whole Grain Tour

    Buffalo | Dates: 21 Jun, 2014
    Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10 am–12 pm

    Guided walking tour, no reservations. About 2 hrs, ask about mobility needs.

    Explore “Concrete Atlantis” in and around the famous grain elevators of the Buffalo River on this family-friendly walk. 

  • Toasting Troutner: A Progressive Home Tour

    Boise | Dates: 21 Jun, 2014

    Saturday, June 21

    Exclusive tours of three Art Troutner residences, ending with wonderful sunset views over Boise.

    Food will be provided by the Modern Hotel and Bar
    Wine will be provided by Zhoo Zhoo Wines
    Beer will be provided by Highlands Hollow
    Dessert by Janjou Pâtisserie

    Private tour bus provided, departure location to be emailed to ticket holders prior to event.


    • $75 Preservation Idaho members
    • $85 non-members

    Space limited to 50 people.

  • Jazz in Bloom

    Springfield | Dates: 19 Jul, 2014
    The Dana-Thomas House Foundation cordially invites you to Jazz in Bloom featuring the Sam Crain Trio.

    Cocktails, delectable food, and our fabulous auction
    Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm
    $60 per person
    at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed
    Dana-Thomas House & Courtyard
    4th & Lawrence, Springfield, Illinois

    Please use Lawrence Avenue entrance, reservations held at the door
    Sponsored by Illini Bank

    RSVP online by July 16 at dana-thomas.org.
  • Celebrate: Groundswell

    Los Angeles | Dates: 28 Jun, 2014
    CELEBRATE is A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles’ annual gala that brings together design leaders and creative thinkers from around the world. This year, we CELEBRATE our California beach communities, which have for years been a mecca for - and inspiration to - artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects.

    This year, A+D celebrates California’s beach communities, which have for years been a mecca for—and inspiration to—artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects. Continuing the legendary runway presentations for which A+D’s annual CELEBRATE gala has now become known, the 2014 event will feature custom surfboards, boogie boards, and skateboards created by local and international architects, designers, and artists expressly for the A+D fundraiser.

  • Facades+ Chicago July 24th and 25th

    Chicago | Dates: 24 – 25 Jul, 2014
    The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos present a two day conference that will examine the increasingly fast-paced evolution of façade technology and explore innovative, sustainable design practices. Don’t miss the chance to network with leading industry experts, participate in discussion-based panels and learn through hands-on workshops. Last year, symposium was AIA:CES approved for 8 LU | HSW credits. Opening keynote speaker James Timberlake is a founding principal of KieranTimberlake, the renowned Philadelphia-based architecture firm know for its synthesis of art, science, and advanced research. JAHN’s Francisco Gonzalez Pulido to give the afternoon keynote. Registration open! Visit www.facadesplus.com
  • Sight Lines: Richard Serra's Drawings for Twain

    St. Louis | Dates: 28 Mar – 07 Sep, 2014
    Sight Lines: Richard Serra's Drawings for Twain will highlight a series of drawings and manipulated photographs as well as a steel model related to the large-scale sculpture,Twain, located on the Gateway Mall in downtown Saint Louis. In 1974, Serra was chosen by a panel of art professionals and civic leaders to create a site-specific work on an open plaza just east of the Civil Courts building. The material that will be on display acts as a record of the extensive planning for Serra’s first public commission in the United States. 

    Twain, occupies one city block and consists of seven 40-foot steel plates and one 50-foot plate that form a quadrilateral arrangement. The narrow openings between the plates act as framing devices for the city beyond, including the Gateway Arch. The drawings in this exhibition investigate the relationship between Twain's form and its setting—simulating the physical experience of moving in and around the sculpture. Displayed around a steel model, the drawings offer a 360-degree view of the site.

    The exhibition is curated by Ann-Maree Walker, research assistant in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and is on view in gallery 313 from March 28 through September 7, 2014. 
  • Seeking the Landscape of Civic Identity: The Gateway Mall and Serra's Twain

    St. Louis | Dates: 19 – 20 Jun, 2014
    Seeking the Landscape of Civic Identity: The Gateway Mall and Serra's Twain
    Thursday, June 19, 11:00 am
    Friday, June 20, 6:00 pm
    Speaker: Michael Allen, historic preservation expert

    Allen's talk will examine the history of St. Louis’ Gateway Mall, with a focus on the significant changes that occurred between the 1960s and 1980s that affected the city’s civic and cultural landscape. The talk, held in conjunction with the exhibition Sight Lines: Richard Serra's Drawings for Twain, highlights a series of drawings and manipulated photographs as well as a steel model related to the large-scale sculpture, Twain, located on the Gateway Mall in downtown Saint Louis. In 1974, Richard Serra was chosen by a panel of art professionals and civic leaders to create a site-specific work on an open plaza just east of the Civil Courts building. The material that is on display acts as a record of the extensive planning for Serra's first public commission in the United States.
  • Happy Birthday, Martin Mitchell Mansion

    Naperville | Dates: 29 Jun, 2014
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    $12 adult, $10 senior (62+), $8 youth (4-12)

    Join us for a special birthday celebration of the Mansion as 2014 marks the Mansion’s 130th year. Today, the Mansion continues to be the crown jewel of Naper Settlement. Enjoy a mini-cupcake with ice cream, take a tour of the Mansion and play games. Be on hand for the beginning of a yearlong Pass the Plate journey as a special commemorative dish is filled and passed throughout the community. Track the plate each month on our web page, Facebook/Twitter, reading stories of recipes and the food being shared for special celebrations.

    Under 4 years, Naperville Residents and members are free.

    All activities are included with admission.

  • Call for Papers: "Spatial Violence" [Architecture Theory Review]

    Dates: 09 Jun – 01 Aug, 2014

    Call for papers:  Architectural Theory Review, vol. 19, no. 3
    To be published December 2015

    Special Issue: Spatial Violence
    Editors: Andrew Herscher and Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

    This special issue will be devoted to the exploration of spatial violence. We invite papers that examine the mediation of violence through architectural registers: construction, destruction, design, use, representation, theory, and history.

    The imbrication of violence and space in histories of architecture and urbanism has often been articulated in terms that elide frameworks for critique and thereby reproduce violence in historiographical form. We see this in interpretations of spatial violence that privilege the destruction of works of architecture or sovereign space through visually significant events or acts; that reinforce the role of architects or planners as authors and of authorship only as constructive, rather than destructive; that approach archival and other institutional and epistemological regimes only as sources of evidence about political violence rather than components of violent political assemblages; and that underscore the notion that spatial forms of violence represent rupture to an ostensibly normative fabric, or a "state of exception," in Carl Schmitt's term, as for example in political conflict or humanitarian disaster. We contend that the concept of spatial violence, as such, and pursuant architectural histories, structured as they have been by political forces and dynamics, have thus provided legitimations for political and historiographical violence, and, moreover, have been subsumed under other orders of knowledge and practice.

    In contrast, we pose spatial violence as a constitutive dimension of architecture and its epistemologies—as a theoretical method, rather than a topic, and indeed, one native to architectural theoretical and historical inquiry. Spatial violence, in this conception, may be used to study histories of and through architecture, and may be understood as a force that has manifested systemically (and thus, perhaps less prominently in the chronologies and geographies of architectural historical discourse) through what Slavoj Žižek has described as "the more subtle forms of coercion that sustain relations of domination and exploitation." Such structural violence is related to processes less immediately visible than those of directly transacted physical violence; we may find traces in the circulation of capital through phases of development and modernization, mass-urbanization that renders ever-greater densities of population vulnerable to ecological disaster, or the ghettoization of peripheral and interstitial territory in cities worldwide. This reading refracts expressions and understandings of the purportedly distinctive borders between war and peace; modernization, as the extraction of violence from everyday life; capitalist accumulation, as a naturalized mode of violent and expansive global imperialism; violence, as a form of social, political, and economic order rather than its exceptional interruption; and space, as a figure itself, rather than an empty field upon which social, political, and economic forces act themselves out. In short, it suggests that violence is not only something inflicted upon architecture, but also something that architecture itself inflicts—that is to say, in keeping with Walter Benjamin's prescient formulation that there is no document of civilization that is not also a document of barbarism, "spatial violence" thereby offers another name for "architecture" itself.

    For this special issue of Architecture Theory Review, we seek essays that help to position "spatial violence" as a new historiographical model, which describe and analyze architecture's participation in political violence, as well as architectural history's participation in the legitimization, naturalization, and masking of political violence. How may we theorize spatial or territorial redistribution, intervention, and politics in relation to violence? How have spatial strategies for the reorganization of economics, society, and power been articulated in relation to violent acts, and any putative prevention of or recovery from them? What roles have architectures and architects played in advancing or resisting violence? How does the study of violence contribute to the historical analysis of space and how does the study of space contribute to the historical analysis of violence? And how do spatial histories of violence relate to and act upon other histories, offering new sequences, continuities, and ruptures and contouring such historical categories as "development," "modernity," and "progress"?  The ambition of this special issue is to explore what "spatial violence" might yield, both in terms of new historical narratives, and as a basis for historical and theoretical critique.

    Architectural Theory Review, founded at the University of Sydney in 1996, and now in its nineteenth year, is the pre-eminent journal of architectural theory in the Australasian region. Now published by Taylor and Francis in print and online, the journal is an international forum for generating, exchanging and reflecting on theory in and of architecture. All texts are subject to a rigorous process of blind peer review.

    Enquiries about this special issue theme, and possible papers, are welcome;
    please email the editors (Andrew Herscher: herscher@umich.edu; Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi: iyersiddiqi@gmail.com). All other queries may be directed to Sean Anderson: sean.anderson@sydney.edu.au

    The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is Monday 1st
    August 2014. Please submit manuscripts via the journal¹s website:

    When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are applying for
    this special issue (vol. 19.3 – Spatial Violence).

    Manuscript submission guidelines can be found at:

  • Bridge City: A Bicycle Tour of Downtown Area Bridges

    Portland | Dates: 12 Jul, 2014

    With a dozen bridges spanning the Willamette River between Sellwood and St. Johns, it should come as no surprise that Portland is often called “Bridge City”.

    This AHC bicycle tour will discuss the rich history of Portland’s downtown bridges from its earliest, the twice rebuilt Morrison Bridge, to it's newest – the soon to be completed Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge.

  • Lecture: Wade Hampton Pipes, Architect

    Portland | Dates: 22 Jul, 2014

    With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Wade Hampton Pipes (1877-1961) was one of Oregon’s most notable architects during the first half of the 20th century. Pipes’ home designs were so outstanding that his work has long been imitated by others.

    Primarily a residential architect, Wade Hampton Pipes was a native Oregonian who trained in England. His designs displayed a thorough interest in the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but with a style that was all his own. From cottages to country estates, there are dozens of Pipes-designed homes remaining today, scattered throughout the Portland area and the Willamette Valley. Architectural historian Eric Wheeler will outline the life and work of Wade Hampton Pipes in this image-filled presentation.