Maine’s Modern Architectural History
Instructor: Dan Mitchell
Thursdays • 8 classes – 3/24-5/12 • 5:30-7:00 PM
Class size 5-24 students
12 seats remaining
Location: Zoom only
This eight-week course will cover five blocks of time (1900-1920, 1920-1930, 1930-1940, 1940-1960, 1960-present). Five Zoom lecture classes will be roughly one hour, and we’ll look at slides of examples of local architecture from each period; making connections to the larger architectural themes of that period. Vintage architectural periodicals will also be used to accent the Zoom classes. Many of the local examples are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and represent the most culturally significant structures in our state. 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. Site visits will be mixed in (TBA). Students will receive a printed copy of the week’s notes, as well as a list of the 20, or so, local structures mentioned. The notes have the potential to be used as a self-guided driving (or walking) tour of Maine’s architectural history. Maybe another diversion in these restricted times?
Dan Mitchell is a former restoration carpenter who is the property manager at Vaughan Woods Historic Homestead in Hallowell.