Current Research by Members of VAF-New England Chapter

Saturday, 7 November 2020


Welcoming Remarks

Laura B. Driemeyer, President, VAF-NE Chapter


“Framing the Old Colony: Early Plymouth Architecture in Context”

James Kelleher, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in American Material Culture

“The New England Squash Barn”

 Sally McMurry, Penn State University


“Marblehead Land Company, A Well-Documented Residential Subdivision of the 1880s John D Clemson, Independent Scholar 

A Look Back at a WWI Housing Effort 

Lorna Condon, Historic New England

Introducing the Royal Barry Wills Associates Archives

Lorna Condon, Historic New England




Destination “Magic Town”: Capitalism, Corporate Branding, and the Trackside Architecture of the Portland & Rumford Falls Railway, 1890-1895

C. Ian StevensonIndependent Scholar


FORUM: Recovering Urban Vernacular Spaces in Boston and New York City


“They Persisted: Women Confront the Corporate Improvement of Boston’s Waterfront, 1790-1820”

Kathryn Lasdow, Suffolk University


“Real Estate and Reimagining African American Free Space in New York City”

Alexander Manevitz, New York Historical Society

What spaces do we honor and whose stories do we tell?  How can the physical destruction of our urban vernacular landscapes teach us about our historical and present-day values?  Join Kathryn Lasdow and Alexander Manevitz as they discuss vernacular destruction and dispossession for women and African American communities in nineteenth-century Boston and New York City. Using a combination of vernacular architecture, historical geography, archaeology, and social history, they’ll share what they’ve uncovered about the female property-owners and renters who resisted the rise of corporate development on the Boston waterfront, including the Charles Bulfinch-designed India Wharf complex.  They’ll examine Seneca Village, a free black experimental political community in upper Manhattan, ultimately displaced by Central Park. Then they will open the floor for a discussion on research methods, findings, and contemporary ramifications.

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