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Events Calendar — 196 events

Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr: A Creative Kinship

Sunday, April 19, lecture 2:00 p.m., house tour 3:00 p.m.
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.  

$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

Ogden Codman, Jr., is often recognized as the other name on the spine of the design classic The Decoration of Houses, which he co-authored with Edith Wharton. This illustrated talk, inspired by original letters held in Historic New England's Codman collection, offers an inside peek into their artistic friendship, which spanned more than forty years.

The lecture takes place in the Carriage House followed by an optional tour of the Codman House museum.


Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information. Purchase tickets now.

Weeding Wednesdays at Cogswell's Grant

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – noon

Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

 
Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England’s staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

No advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information. 

Thomas Jayne: Twenty-Five Years, Twenty-Five Interiors

Thursday, April 23, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass.

$30 (free to Ogden Codman Design Group and Appleton Circle members)

Join Historic New England's Ogden Codman Design Group for an author talk, book signing, and reception with Thomas Jayne.

Since 1990 Jayne's gracious classical interiors have received high praise from devotees of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century furniture. Clients, colleagues, and curators describe his unique ability to create new, invitingly livable rooms using traditional elements as the hallmark of a Jayne-designed interior. A graduate of the University of Oregon and Winterthur-trained, Jayne began his career working with two iconic American design firms, Parish-Hadley Associates and Kevin McNamara, Inc.

To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jayne Design Studio, Jayne shares twenty-five of his favorite interiors, which illustrate the core ideas that have informed his work throughout his career.


Registration required. Ogden Codman DesignGroup and Appleton Circle members must call or email to register. Please contact Kirsten Todgham at Events@HistoricNewEngland.org or 617-994-5934.


Understanding the Architecture of Paul Rudolph

Friday, April 24, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Codman Estate
, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

 $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members

Once acclaimed and then reviled, American architect Paul Rudolph (1918-97) had one of the most extraordinary careers in postwar Modern architecture. A student of Walter Gropius at Harvard, Rudolph was famous internationally in the 1950s and '60s for his innovative Florida beach houses, sensitive contextual buildings like the Jewett Art Center at Wellesley College, and large-scale, concrete buildings, such as his Government Service Center in downtown Boston. Author of the first monograph about Rudolph, Timothy M. Rohan of UMass Amherst explains the ideas that informed Rudolph's architecture by looking at his key works in light of the concerns of the postwar era and today. An optional tour of the nearby Gropius House follows the lecture.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for information. Purchase tickets now

Preservation in Progress: Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures

Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

$20 Historic New England members, $25 nonmembers, $20 students with a valid I.D.

Adaptive reuse is an important tool in historic preservation today. From famous examples like the Musee du Louvre to studio apartments in New England textile mills, adaptive reuse helps maintain sense-of-place and reduce urban sprawl. Hear how this unique brand of historic preservation happens today from professional historic preservationists, architects, and community organizers.

Speakers include:
  • Supervising Preservation Services Manager Joe Cornish discusses adaptive reuse projects at Historic New England
  • Peter Michaud describes his role as National Register, Preservation Tax Incentives, and Easements Coordinator for the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
  • Steve McHenry, owner and principal architect of McHenry Architecture, addresses adaptive reuse projects from his twenty-five years of professional experience, including Portsmouth’s new 3S Artspace
Following the illustrated talks, join The Friends of Somersworth for a tour of an ongoing preservation effort at the Hilltop School in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Coffee and refreshments served.

Registration is required. Please call 207-384-2454 for more information. Purchase tickets now
 

Introduction to New England Architecture

Sunday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

 

$45 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

 

Want to know how to tell a real Colonial-era house from a Colonial Revival? Learn about New England architecture from Historic New England's experts with this in-depth workshop on architectural style and structure from the 1700s to the beginning of the twentieth century. Preservation staff lecture on regional architectural traditions and styles, influential New England architects, and changing building technologies. Historic New England properties and other iconic regional buildings are highlighted.


The program concludes with a tour of the Lyman Estate mansion and nearby Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, a nineteenth-century masterpiece designed by H.H. Richardson and located on land that was once owned by the Lyman family.

 

Box lunch is included. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Blue and White: Ceramics in the Codman Collection

Sunday, April 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

By the seventeenth century, blue and white ceramics encircled the globe. During this lecture, visit East, Central, and West Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Learn about the Asian and European blue and white collection at the Codman Estate, including Chinese and Japanese porcelain, a dinner service with the famous Blue Willow pattern, and a Royal Copenhagen dinner service from Denmark. Lecturer Dr. Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis is professor (emerita) of Asian and Japanese art history at Boston University and associate of Japanese studies at Harvard University.

The lecture takes place in the Carriage House followed by an optional tour of the Codman House museum.

Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Farm Friends II

Mondays, February 2 - March 16, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Mondays, March 23 - April 27, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

 

$50 per session for Historic New England members, $70 per session for nonmembers

 

For children in grades 2 - 6

 

Join us at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for Farm Friends II, an after school program for children Grades 2-6. Each session consists of weekly classes held Mondays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This is a drop-off program. Pre-registration is required.

 

Visit the Farm Friends II webpage or call 978-462-2634 for more information. Register now

Farm Friends at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Tuesdays, February 3 - March 17, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Fridays, February 6 - March 20, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesdays, March 24 - April 28, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Fridays, March 27 - May 1, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

 

$45 per session for Historic New England members, $60 per session for nonmembers

 

Join us at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for a weekly program of farm-related activities, outdoors in the sunshine or the sprinkles. Highlights include: animal care, farm chores, crafts, and games. Appropriate outdoor dress and footwear are required, boots are suggested. A parent or guardian must attend. Younger siblings welcome. Pre-registration is required.

 

For ages three to six. Please note: there will be no class on February 17 or February 20. Visit the Farm Friends webpage or call 978-462-2634 for more information. Register now

Fun with Fiber Arts

Wednesdays, February 4 - February 25, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, March 4 - March 25, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 1 - April 29, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 6 - May 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

 

$45 per session for Historic New England members, $60 per session for nonmembers

 

For children in grades 2 - 6

 

These monthly sessions are for students who are interested in or already working with fiber. Participants learn hand sewing, weaving, felting, knitting, dying wool, and carding/spinning wool, from featured guest artists. All crafts and completed projects are taken home. Students also learn how to use a sewing machine.

 

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Register now

Events Calendar — 196 events