Virtual Lecture Series: American Architecture Since the Revolution

Virtual Lecture Series: American Architecture Since the Revolution

Since the American Revolutionary War, the built environment in the United States has been shaped by the nation’s social, religious, political and economic factors. This image-based lecture will survey American architecture since 1775, focusing on the arc of modernism from colonialism to postmodernism. The design contributions of individual architects, the impact of new technology, and the growth of the architectural profession will be addressed.

The broad scope of American architectural history does not allow for an in-depth investigation of a single style, architect, region or time period. Instead, you will enjoy a highlights reel of American building types and styles since the late 18th century. From Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Frank Gehry, state capitols to skyscrapers, and Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, you will discover the major themes and events that have influenced the American built environment we live in every day.

Mary R. Springer is an assistant professor of art history at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. She received a B.A. in studio art and religious studies from Doane University, an M.A. in art history from the University of Saint Thomas, and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Iowa.

She specializes in North American and Modern Art and Architecture, and has a subspecialty in Medieval Art and Architecture. She has presented and published papers and reviews on such American architectural topics as Victorian domestic spaces, Gothic Revival, International Style, collegiate architecture, campus planning, and southern architecture and spaces.

Her current scholarship focuses on American Collegiate Gothic architecture. Her current book project, tentatively titled The Gothic Goes to College: An Architectural History of American Collegiate Gothic, 1806-1940, critically examines 19th- and early 20th-century American Collegiate Gothic architecture and its stylistic heritage.

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Image: State Capitol of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, June 2012. Architecture design by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau, built 1785-1788. Photo by Ron Cogswell.

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