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Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture

Boston, Massachusetts
Washington, D.C.

Brown bungalow

As the center of domestic life, the house is perhaps the most important building type in a democratic society.

Historic New England’s exhibition, Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England, showcases a variety of drawings of domestic buildings that range in date from the late eighteenth through the twentieth century.

These drawings depict an array of building types: estates, modest single-family houses, summer cottages, and even a typical Boston multi-family dwelling known as a three-decker.

Bradlee Drawing 1858

Drawing Toward Home illustrates changes in taste and technology and presents these drawings as works of art. The exhibition includes designs by both famous and little-known architects and houses designed in the Federal, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, and International styles. Home ownership is the American Dream. As products of the architect’s craft, the drawings in this exhibition bring these and other associations to the mind of the viewer.

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., originally exhibited Drawing Toward Home in 2010. An illustrated hardcover publication was produced in conjunction with the exhibition and is available for purchase.

For more information, to request a prospectus, or inquire about a rental fee, please e-mail exhibition rentals.

On Display:
June 6 – October 12, 2014
Governor John Langdon House
143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Friday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students (admission includes tour)


Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery

National Building Museum

Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture