An Architectural Vernacular: 18th & 19th Century Houses in the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley

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Contributed By Waterford Foundation, Inc.
John AllenLecture by John Allen

4 p.m., Sunday, October 27
Waterford Old School
40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford
Please join us at 4 p.m. this Sunday at the Waterford Old School Auditorium for a Lyceum presentation featuring architectural historian John Allen, author of Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County 1735-1835. This book won the Gold Medal for Architectural Publishing and a finalist for the Historic Preservation Book Prize. Allen documented and photographed 250 early houses in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and surveyed the surrounding counties to better understand the regional architecture for this volume.
Allen’s lecture in Waterford will focus on identifying the architectural vernacular and finding the unique characteristics of a place, the similarities and differences in the early residential architecture of the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Piedmont, specifically Waterford, and the importance of field documentation in understanding the local building language.
Allen served as the chairman of the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission for seven years, and is a member of the Vernacular Architectural Forum and Society of Architectural Historians. He is also a board member at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Allen has lectured about Jefferson County’s architecture at universities, museums, and to national groups such as the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.
After his talk, Allen will answer questions and sign copies of his book.
This outstanding presentation is open to the public and free of charge.
Waterford Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 142  Waterford, Virginia 20197   540.882.3018
The mission of the Waterford Foundation, Inc., is to preserve the historic buildings and the open spaces of the National Historic Landmark of Waterford, Virginia, and through education to increase the public’s knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

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