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The Historic Resources Committee is part of the Design Commission.

Committee Chair
Jack Glassman AIA, LEED AP /

Upcoming Events

December 14, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Not Sorry: A Hidden Buildings Show-and-Tell

NOUN (from Italian: “repentance”)
1. a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist

1. A manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed on effaced earlier writing
2. Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form

Using X-ray photography, a conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) recently discovered a “politically dangerous” portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots hidden beneath another painting; see, October 31, 2017 “SmartNews” story by Jason Daley.

Artists often alter their compositions as they are working—whether repositioning a subject’s hand or removing an entire figure from the scene—and then cover up these forms with a new layer of paint. Over time, this coating can fade away to reveal the previous version of the painting -- the pentimento -- that had been hiding underneath. In the built environment, we can also see examples of this on building facades and commercial signage.

Do you covet a favorite work of art or architecture that is or was once hidden beneath… or behind… or even in plain sight? Are there hidden elements, hidden geometries, concealed messages, or whimsy? Can you identify transformations of landmarks and vernacular structures in which ‘fronts’ became ‘backs’ and additions become centerpieces? For our December HRC meeting, please send (or bring in) examples from your own virtual or actual travels! Alternatively, ring in the holidays with a few photos, artifacts or stories about a current project that involves historic resources.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available.

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Past Events

November 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The House at Lobster Cove: Reconstructing an Epic Shingle-Style Home

At the age of 23, laying blasting caps herself to dislodge some impertinent granite, Jane Goodrich began in 1983 the physical odyssey of reconstructing Kragsyde – perhaps the most extraordinary Shingle Style home ever built – 100 years after the original “cottage” had been erected in Manchester, Massachusetts. For our November HRC meeting, Jane will share stories of a personal effort spanning over 20 years that included meticulous research, mixing mortar for 40-feet tall chimneys, painting hundreds of window mullions and setting countless ceramic tiles -- not to mention meeting the challenges of quirky New England weather.

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October 12, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

3-D Printing and Scanning in Construction

Join us in October as the HRC welcomes our featured speaker Chris Dabek, an acclaimed expert in managing high-profile, complex preservation projects with challenging schedules and budgets. Chris will show us the cutting edge of 3-D technology, illustrating emerging techniques for replicating historic architectural features using laser scanning and 3-D printing. His fascinating presentation will employing case studies to explain the steps involved in replicating a historic baluster unit and reproducing other complex decorative features using 3-D technology, demonstrating the significant value these new tools add to workshop- and construction-site workflow for historic structure repair and restoration.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available.

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September 14, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Monumental Decisions: Cultural Stewardship during Polarizing Times

This summer’s news cycles were punctuated by disturbing stories about the removal, cloaking and/or planned relocation of Confederate monuments and statues throughout the north and south. Various actions have led to debates, demonstrations and, unfortunately, violence and potential hate crimes. In the process, established standards for professional and academic stewardship of commemorative structures, objects and artifacts are at risk, as traditional narratives are challenged, if not upended completely. It seems that military history, artistic beauty and politics are locked together in conflict, as symbolism, meaning and intent are questioned, second-guessed and re-appropriated.

Returning from break, the HRC will observe this abyss from what we hope is a safe distance, with a thoughtful discussion facilitated by HRC chair Jack Glassman AIA and longtime committee member Bill Barry. Beginning with a quick summary of the interventions and alterations past civilizations and cultures have imposed on out-of-favor works of art in their midst, we will delve into modern criteria generally used for designation, preservation and maintenance of commemorative monuments and will explore ways that our more controversial statues, monuments and markers can educate, rather than celebrate.

July 13, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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June 8, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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