Course 119: That Old House:
Lewisburg's Historic Architecture
Leader: Tom Greaves
Description: Across six sessions we will indulge our shared interests in Lewisburg's historic architecture. We will review the basic features of Federalist, the varied forms of Victorian, and certain 20th-century styles present in Lewisburg's Historical District, and their origins in Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Modernist, and other periods of Western history. We will ask not only what style it is, but also what does living in an historic home mean to its dwellers (besides expensive maintenance). There will be substantial opportunities to contribute your personal experiences and knowledge, to uncover new things about the Historic District and its contents, to sharpen your eye for interesting architectural detail, and to explore the nexus between architect, engineer, and artist. A walking tour and a field trip to certain very special houses are planned. As a result of this class you should be able to "read" the style identities of many of the homes in the Historical District.
Biography: Tom Greaves is a retired professor of anthropology from Bucknell University and a long-time student of architecture. "When Margaret and I moved to Lewisburg 22 years ago, we encountered Lewisburg's treasury of extraordinary architecture, and I began to involve students in its documentation and study."
Materials for Course: Either one of the following should be purchased: American House Styles by John M. Baker, or A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester. Baker's book melds with the level of detail of our course very nicely; the McAlesters' book will be useful to those who want a more detailed and comprehensive resource. In addition, just about any book on architectural style, as well as various internet resources, can also be helpful. Additional bibliography and handouts will be provided for most class sessions.
Many class members will find use for a simple "point and shoot" digital camera and a pocket "flash drive" for bringing images to class, but neither is required.
Number of Participants: Minimum: 10; Maximum: 20
Location: Public Library for Union County - Large Meeting Room
Meeting Time: Thursdays, February 28 through April 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m.