NE/SAH

The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

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  • 19 Jan 2023 10:48 AM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to announce its upcoming 44th Annual Student Symposium.

    The Student Symposium features presentations by outstanding students from programs across New England in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture, art history, urban studies, historic preservation, and related fields. This year's event will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2023. The event will be held in a hybrid format, and student presenters can choose to present in-person or virtually. The in-person component of the event will take place at Loria Hall in the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut.

    Student symposium presenters are typically engaged in producing a thesis or dissertation, or are interested in developing work done in connection with a seminar or lecture course. Symposium paper topics may concern the architecture of any era or place; however, presenters should be current students at an academic institution in the New England region. Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length and accompanied by slides; presentations will be followed by a brief Q&A.

    If you are interested in presenting your work at the symposium, please submit an abstract and short biographical note by February 15, 2023. Student abstracts should include the student’s name, the name of their faculty advisor, their field of study, and their institutional affiliation. Abstracts should be less than 300 words in length and should be followed by a short biography of less than 100 words. Please submit as a single pdf document to: nesah.president@gmail.com

    We will notify students of acceptance decisions by February 24, 2023.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us at nesah.president@gmail.com with any questions that you may have!

  • 14 Sep 2022 7:12 AM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    On October 8th, the Preservation Society of Newport County invites members and guests of NESAH to tour areas of The Breakers never before seen by the public.


    Image credit: Sebastien Dutton / The Preservation Society of Newport County

    EVENT DETAILS:

    Saturday, October 8, 2022
    1:00 - 4:00 PM
    The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport RI 02840

    History of the Breakers:

    The Breakers is the legendary Newport residence of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family. Constructed in 1893-1895, the house contains 70 rooms including some 23 family bedrooms and guest rooms as well as 33 servant bedrooms. After World War II, houses like The Breakers were seen as obsolete, windows to a fading lifestyle and era. With the foresight of the late Countess Laszlo Szechenyi (born Gladys Vanderbilt), she loaned her childhood home to be used as a house museum. Following the opening of The Breakers to the curious public in 1948, the Vanderbilt family decamped to the third floor of the house – originally designed for the Vanderbilt boys, guests, and staff – and lived there seasonally when in Newport. The residency of the Vanderbilt family and their descendants continued on for the next 70 years, while hundreds of thousands of visitors toured the floors below every year.

    Tour details:

    To provide an introduction to the history of the house, all attendees will take a tour of areas of the house already opened to the public: the grand rooms on the first floor, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and the Parisian decorator Jules Allard and Sons, as well as the principle bedrooms on the second floor, designed by Boston interior designer Ogden Codman, Jr. Attendees will then choose one of two additional tours that will provide the rare and unique behind-the-scenes opportunity to view the third floor family bedrooms or the servants quarters. All tours will be led by knowledgeable guides from the Preservation Society.

    When the last Vanderbilt descendants moved out of The Breakers in 2018, the PSNC was left to decide what the future will hold for the third floor. Following the tours, attendees will be invited to a discussion on the future of the third floor bedrooms and the servants quarters. The discussion will be moderated by Leslie Jones, Curator and Director of Museum Affairs for the Preservation Society of Newport County. Light refreshments will be served during the discussion.

    Ticket price:

    $25 to register

    $15 for up to one additional guest


    REGISTER HERE:

    https://www.nesah.org/event-4962194

  • 21 Aug 2022 6:24 PM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)


    NESAH invites you to join a special talk and tour offered by our friends at the Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP)!

    The event will take place on Saturday, September 24 and features an introductory talk about the history of painted walls followed by tours of four private homes, two in Vermont and two in New Hampshire, that feature outstanding examples of painted walls from the late-18th and early-19th centuries. These private homes are not typically open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity to see these historic houses and their amazing painted walls. 

    Read about the tour here for more information. Registration for the tour is through the CPWP, and you can sign up online here.

  • 21 Mar 2022 10:25 AM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to share information on the 43rd Annual Student Symposium, which will be a virtual conference taking place on April 9, 2022. 

    To register to attend the symposium, please click here: registration.


  • 9 Mar 2022 10:23 AM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    Monday, March 28, 2022

    7:00 pm
    Presented via Zoom.

    Pre-registration for this free event is required. Please register here!


  • 1 Feb 2022 10:21 AM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    NE/SAH is pleased to host a lecture from our 2021 John Coolidge Fellowship recipient, Sarah Horowitz of Boston University. Pre-registration for this free event is required.


    Monday, February 28, 2022

    7:00 pm
    Presented via Zoom. Pre-registration for this free event is required. Please register here!
  • 20 Sep 2021 4:17 PM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    Monday, October 18, 2021

    7:00 pm
    Presented via Zoom

    Pre-registration for this free lecture is required. Please register here!


  • 17 Jun 2021 4:05 PM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to share information on the 42nd Annual Student Symposium, which will be a virtual conference taking place on June 26, 2021. 

    To register to attend the symposium, please click here: registration.

    To view a program including the detailed schedule for the symposium, please click here: program.


  • 16 Apr 2021 4:07 PM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    The Fellowship Committee of the New England chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (NESAH) is pleased to announce Sarah Horowitz as the recipient of the 2021 John Coolidge Research Fellowship.

    Sarah Horowitz is a PhD candidate in the history of art and architecture at Boston University. Her dissertation, “Designing Postwar American Performing Arts Centers, 1955-1971”, focuses on the architectural and urban history of these cultural buildings and complexes across four regions of the United States. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she was the curatorial assistant at the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University where she organized a number of permanent collection and special exhibitions. She has also held curatorial and collections research positions at the MIT Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Sarah currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Marlboro College.

    The NESAH John Coolidge Research Fellowship will support her doctoral research on the construction of postwar American performing arts centers, specifically the study of the Milwaukee Center for the Performing Arts, with travel to the site and archival collections in Milwaukee and Chicago. Designed by American architect Harry Weese between 1966 and 1969, the Milwaukee performing arts center embodies larger ambitions of postwar urban and cultural redevelopment in America’s cities.

  • 1 Feb 2021 4:08 PM | Jennifer Gaugler (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    6:00 pm
    Presented via Zoom.

    Pre-registration for this free event is required. Please register here!


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