I have participated in a couple of conversations. This was by far the best one. Marc didn’t try and cover too much in the one hour time period. Architecture is a tricky thing, especially when you are trying to cover almost 100 years. He did an amazing job of taking us through a bit of history building by building. We started with the outside, a couple of styles; and he showed us examples that were relevant and easy to remember. After we got it, Marc took us on a journey of how these structures were built. He gave us fascinating insights like tree ring dating. Finally, we were introduced to various interiors. I was excited about this section because I grew up in a house with one of the features in the fireplace that Marc talked about. When there were no questions he was not flustered, instead he went on to talk about other things of real interest and importance in the New England area such as the Saugus Ironworks. I would attend this conversation again and will look for others give by Marc Callis.
I don't know if this is possible, but as Europe reopens before we do, it may be fun to join the instructor live on an actual walk/tour rather than a slide show. Would also love to see Context Conversations about Ireland (mythology, Wild Atlantic Way, murals in Belfast- lots of possibilities) and/or Scotland. Thanks!
The ‘guides’ are terrific, the audio/technical is inconsistent