2020 Spring Semester



Central Maine’s Modern Architectural History (1900-present)

Instructor: Dan Mitchell

Tuesdays • 3/18-5/6 • 3:15-5:15 PM

Class size 5-35 students
29 seats remaining
Location: Jewett 189

This course will be similar to the recent “Central Maine’s Architectural History,” but will focus entirely on the 20th century. There will be 8 sessions with 5 weeks of classroom slide presentations and discussions, and 3 tours (TBA) to local structures that will reinforce the classroom content.

Learn about 120 years of recent Maine architecture, and maybe learn something about YOUR house (and the buildings of your town or city). The core of this class will be the slide presentations featuring MANY local examples (over 500), numerous hands-on artifacts (including vintage architectural prints and periodicals), as well as general discussions of methods of construction, technology changes, style changes and the ideas behind them. This class hopes to make connections between the everyday structures around us and the larger architectural themes that helped shape them. Students are greatly encouraged to enhance the class with experiences from their own homes and student photos can be integrated into the slide presentations.

Learn how to be an advocate for historic preservation. We’ll cover topics of restoration and preservation, as well as how to solve common old house problems. Hopefully, there will be something for everyone.

Dan Mitchell is an enthusiastic advocate for historic restoration, traditional building, and Maine’s culture. He has a small restoration carpentry business in Sidney called River Road Restoration. He has taught several semesters for Senior College and has done presentations for nearly all the local historical societies, as well as having taught for adult education in Waterville and Augusta.