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A Guided Tour of Architecturally Significant Homes of Salem, MA

Salem, Mass. contains one of the greatest concentrations of notable pre-1900 domestic structures extant in the U.S. Of particular interest are the numerous Federal Era townhouses and free standing homes lining Chestnut Street –considered one of the most beautiful streetscapes in America. We will not only see the impressive exterior facades along this street, but also be invited inside by the current owners to view the significant details of the first floors.

The tour will be led by the prominent lecturer, curator, and scholar, Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem. Mr. Lahikainen is the author of Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style, the book associated with the hugely successful exhibit of 2007 - 2008, which explored McIntire’s architectural carvings.

Attendance will be limited to 25 people. We will walk in the historic district and be admitted to 4 private homes, plus one home owned by Historic New England. There will be a social hour after the tour at a private home, with hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Landscape Architecture & Architecture of Wellesley College

Professor Emeritus Dr. Peter Fergusson will lead a tour of Wellesley College with a focus on the landscape & architecture of the campus. With its natural glacial topography, master plans by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and Michael Van Valkenburgh, and Elizabethan Gothic Revival architecture, Wellesley College has long been recognized as combining landscape architecture & architecture to create one of the masterpieces of campus design in North America. Fergusson co-authored ‘The Landscape & Architecture of Wellesley College’, and will provide information and insight as he leads a walking tour of the campus. After the tour, there will be a reception at James Beard award-winning chef Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger featuring hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Cognitive Architecture: An Evening with Author Ann Sussman

Author Ann Sussman will discuss her recent book Cognitive Architecture, written with Justin B. Hollander, which reveals the subconscious tendencies at work when we navigate the world around us. These 'hidden' predispositions reflect our long evolutionary trip as revealed by recent research in psychology and neuroscience, and can help explain why we favor certain urban conditions and building configurations and shun others. 

Ann Sussman, AIA, is an architect, artist, writer, and community organizer. With Justin Hollander, she created the Open Neighborhood Project, using art, craft and digital tools to increase public participation in planning, and earning the Commonwealth's "Gold Star Award."

Her studio is at ArtScape in the Bradford Mill, an art and business enclave in Concord, Massachusetts.

Americans in Paris: Talk and Book-signing by Co-author Margot M. Ellis

Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age, Architecture Students at the École des Beaux-Arts 1846-1946

AMERICANS IN PARIS tells the story of an influential group of American architecture students who attended the École des Beaux-Arts and went on to design and build many of our nation’s most recognized buildings and monuments. American alumni of the world-renowned school, famous for being the greatest art and architecture school in the world at the time, include Richard Morris Hunt, Guy Lowell, John Russell Pope, Julia Morgan, and many others.

Margot M. Ellis was educated at Manhattanville College where she received a bachelor’s degree in French Studies and Harvard University where she received a master’s degree in Anthropology. Hired as a research assistant by Mr. Carlhian, Miss Ellis spent 15 years completing the manuscript and brought it to publication after the death of Mr. Carlhian in 2012. She is an author and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. The late Jean Paul Carlhian, while with the legendary Boston firm Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, is most noted for enlivening the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Carlhian designed the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery of Asian Art, both part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. In addition, he designed campus buildings for Harvard University, where he formerly taught at the Graduate School of Design, Northeastern University in Boston, and Middlebury College in Vermont. He graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in 1945, receiving the best thesis prize and, as a Wheelwright fellow at Harvard, received a master's degree in City Planning in 1947.

There will be copies of the book for sale and a book signing afterwards.

Historic Berkshire County: A guided expedition to 'The Mount' and 'Naumkeag'

Naumkeag Blue Steps

Sponsored by Paragon Landscape Construction

Please join us for a day of landscape & architecture exploration as we depart the Boston area in a chartered mini-coach to visit two historically significant sites in bucolic Berkshire County.

Our first stop will be Pulitzer-prize winning author Edith Wharton's estate 'The Mount', with landscape architecture by Beatrix Farrand and Edith Wharton, and revival architecture by Ogden Codman Jr. and Hoppin & Koen. We will have a guided tour of the house, followed by a tour of the grounds. After a catered lunch on the terrace, we will depart for nearby Naumkeag.

We are visiting this renowned property with landscape architecture by Fletcher Steele and architecture by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White at a particularly opportune time: many of Naumkeag's stunning gardens have recently undergone a significant renovation. A guided tour will take us through the impressive house and grounds.

4 AIA CEUs available.

Cost includes transportation, admission, tours, and catered lunch.