New England Colonial Architecture with Marc Callis - Context Travel

New England Colonial Architecture with Marc Callis


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In this conversation, we will explore the essence of the First Period House. When most people think of American colonial architecture, visions come to mind of Georgian houses with Palladian proportions, festooned with square-paned sash windows and classically-inspired doorways. This description fits the English colonies, including New England, for the most part quite well. However, New England also has an earlier tradition of architecture, one that is derived from Northern European Late Medieval rather than Renaissance Palladian precedents. This architectural style spans the years 1635-1725 and is known by several names: Tudor, English Post-Medieval, and, most commonly, New England First Period.

We will discuss materials, joinery, and architectural style. Though we will touch on some of the more commonly-visited structures, our discussion will primarily focus on buildings that are harder to see, both due to geographical inaccessibility and lack of regular hours of public visitation. By the end of this conversation, the participant will have a basic understanding of this unique architectural style, which not only takes us to the very beginnings of Anglo-America but also represents the closest thing to actual remnants of the Middle Ages to be found in the United States.

Led by Boston historian, archaeologist, and published author Marc Callis, this interactive seminar will delve into the architectural history of New England. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the themes and styles that we can admire in this architectural period.

Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Marc has worked at history museums and community colleges all over the US. His historical interests, which have led him to author numerous historical articles, academic and popular, for publications in the US and Europe, range from architectural history, to the Spanish Empire, to Mesoamerica and the pre-Hispanic North American Southwest. His current historical project is a book about the Presidio (i.e., old Spanish fort) San Agustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, Marc likes to shoot photographs, paint, build models, and write cosmicist fantasy in the tradition of HP Lovecraft. In 2017 he published his first collection of stories and novellas entitled "The Esoteric Order of Dagon."

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.