The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.
The Chesapeake House is a comprehensive study of early buildings, landscapes, and social history in Virginia and Maryland based on more than thirty years of investigation by the architectural research department at Colonial Williamsburg. Carl Lounsbury describes the methods and philosophy that have transformed our understanding of building practices in the colonial and early national periods. Drawing on their knowledge of historic structures in the Chesapeake region, the authors illuminate the formation, development, and spread of one of the hallmark building traditions in American architecture. Lounsbury will describe how people from the seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries used building design, hardware, wall coverings, furniture, and even paint colors to telegraph social signals about the status of builders and owners and to choreograph social interactions among them.
Dr. Carl Lounsbury is Senior Architectural Historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Since 1982, he has been responsible for major research projects including the restoration of the courthouse and the design of the market house and the Douglass Theater near the Capitol. He serves as a one of the coordinators of the program in early American history and material culture sponsored jointly by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the College of William and Mary where he teaches courses in architectural history and field recording methodology. He is the co-author of a newly published book of essays on the early architecture of Maryland and Virginia entitled The Chesapeake House: Architectural Investigation by Colonial Williamsburg, a generously illustrated summary of building practices in the region and an exploration of fieldwork methodology. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. We warmly welcome Carl back to the Alexandria Association!
“The Chesapeake House"
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