New England Homes Prior to 1870 (Video)

On April 26, at 7 pm, at the Groton Public Library, Nicholas Langhart spoke about the architecture of homes in Massachusetts prior to 1870. Mr. Langhart illustrated a few of the earliest houses, showing medieval features, then transitioned to more typical colonial houses and showed how they are rooted in the work of the English Renaissance which we know as Georgian. He also looked at some of the post Revolutionary era homes of the Federal style and pointed out features that distinguish them from true colonials. He closed with examples from the Greek Revival style, the first of the great variety of Victorian styles that ran through the 19th Century.

Video of the talk is available courtesy of the Groton Channel.

Mr. Langhart is the director of the Forbush Memorial Library in Westminster, holds an MA in historic preservation from Cornell University and has served as property manager at Historic New England, Boston. He has taught courses on the history of architecture on Long Island, NY and at Clark University, Worcester State and WPI. He instructs docents at Preservation Worcester and is currently teaching courses on New England architecture in the ALFA program at Fitchburg State University.