In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many in the United States were looking to define a distinctly American style in architecture and design. Using the nation’s past as inspiration, Colonial architecture was rediscovered at the same time as new ideas on the exceptionalism of America’s natural abundance were emerging. A wide variety of American architectural styles emerged as a result. This talk will explore some of these themes with a focus on the work of Charles Barton Keen and Reynolda House.
This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, North Carolina Chapter.
Speaker Richard Guy Wilson is the Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia. Wilson’s specialty is scholarship involving the architecture, design, and art of the 18th to the 21st centuries in America and abroad. In 2018, Wilson was awarded the Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) Inaugural Founders’ Award for his generosity of spirit and unsurpassed contributions to defining the centrality of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the cultural history of the United States.