Cornell Professor Emeritus Presents Historic Preservation Lecture Feb. 25

| February 19, 2015



“American Vernacular Buildings and Interiors, 1870–1960,” will be the topic of the Spring 2015 Webster Groves Historic Preservation Lecture, presented by Herbert Gottfried, professor emeritus of Cornell University. The lecture will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium.

Gottfried will review the American vernacular building types, their history, and the forces that stimulated them. This talk will place Webster Groves within a national architectural context to consider the development of the city’s architecture and urban character over time.

The lecture, “American Vernacular Buildings and Interiors, 1870–1960,” is also the title of a book authored by Gottfried and Jan Jennings. Publishers W.W. Norton & Company, describe the book:

With more than 600 illustrations, this book interprets vernacular architecture as it emerged with the industrialization of building materials. It provides an overview of building and plan types for houses, commercial buildings, and churches, explaining the development of key design elements and how they have been incorporated into American architecture.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Webster Groves Historic Preservation Commission and Webster University’s Department of Art, Design, and Art History. This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

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