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Registration begins
Monday, March 4
at noon. 

Central Maine’s Architectural History
(1900-Present)

Instructor: Dan Mitchell

Thursdays • 7 classes • 3/21-5/3 • 5:30-7:30 PM

Class size 5-24 students
24 seats remaining
Location: Zoom only

This seven week course will cover five blocks of time (1900-1920, 1920-1930, 1930-1940, 1940-1960, 1960-Present). Classes will be one and a half hours, and we’ll look at slides of examples of local architecture from each period; making connections to the larger architectural themes of that period. Many of the local examples will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We’ll talk about historic preservation in general, and discuss how structures can become listed. Also, we’ll analyze recent structures (from the last 50 years) that could merit future preservation. Student input and suggestions for customized additions to the course are greatly encouraged!

A list of the 20, or so, local structures mentioned each week along with a printed copy of the week’s notes will be sent to each student. These notes have the potential to be used as a self-guided driving (or walking) tour of Maine’s architectural history. A site visit will be offered to Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell to observe “modern” changes in an 18th century residence. There may also be another site visit (if it can be arranged).

CLOCKWISE from top left: Cony High School,
Colonial Theater, and Hartford Fire Station in
Augusta; and the North Monmouth Library

Dan Mitchell is a former restoration carpenter who is the property manager at Vaughan Woods Historic Homestead in Hallowell.