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The Construction History Society of America is holding a 2017 meeting in Seattle.  The event, which will be hosted by the UW’s Departments of Construction Management, Architecture, and the College of Built Environments will focus on “Construction History on the Frontier,” and will take place from July 20-22.  The keynote speakers are slated to be:  Jeffrey Ochsner (University of Washington), Mike Lombardi (The Boeing Company), Knute Berger (Crosscut) and Jon Magnusson (MKA Magnusson Klemencic Associates).

For more on CHSA and details of the Seattle meeting as they develop, go to http://www.constructionhistorysociety.org/.

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“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.”   —  Elie Wiesel

SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS 
MARION DEAN ROSS/PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER
ANNUAL CONFERENCE
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
JUNE 16 – 18, 2017

Abstracts or proposals for papers or work-in-progress reports are solicited for the 2017 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.  The meeting this year will be held June 16-18, 2017, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  This year’s theme is “Commemorations.”

canada150According to the National Park Service, a commemorative property is important not for association with the event or person it memorializes, but for the significance it has acquired after its creation through age, tradition, or symbolic value.  Please join us in Victoria, B.C., June 16-18, 2017, to celebrate commemorations, especially the Canada 150 celebrations (1867-2017), the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System (2016), the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (2016), and the Parks Canada’s Centennial (2011).  We will also be recognizing Victoria’s Centennial (1962) by reflecting on the on-going significance of Victoria’s 1965 Centennial Square.  Topics germane to the theme will be encouraged, but those covering any aspect of the built environment of the Pacific Northwest or beyond will be welcome.  Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee.

Membership in the SAHMDR is not required for abstract submission, although those chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year.  Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome.

Centennial Square, Victoria, B.C., 1965

Centennial Square, Victoria, B.C., 1965

 Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 300 words and should fit onto a single-sided page.  A single separate page should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae.  Indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report.  Ideally, submissions should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive, and aim to make an original contribution.  Electronic submission of proposals is preferred.

Abstracts are due on or before March 15, 2017, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by April 15, 2017.  Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by June 1, 2017.  Authors shall retain copyright, but will agree that the paper can be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries.

Email submissions as a Word attachment with the subject heading SAHMDR 2017 on or before March 15, 2017, to Amanda Clark at sahmdr2017@gmail.com.  If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please send it via regular mail to:

Amanda C. R. Clark, MLIS, Ph.D.
Director of the Library & Assistant Professor in Art
Whitworth University
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

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Parliament Buildings, Photo copyright Michael Foort.

Parliament Buildings, photo copyright Michael Foort.

In preparation for the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians conference in 2017, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Union Club of British Columbia.  The conference will be held in Victoria, June 16-18, 2017.  The discounted block of rooms is limited, so we wanted to get the news out early to help you with your summer planning.

The Union Club will also serve as the site of our Saturday banquet.  It is a great place to immerse oneself in historic Victoria!  A PDF with more information on the special room rates is available here or at the SAH/MDR website at http://www.sahmdr.org/conference.html.

For more on the Union Club visit their website at http://www.unionclub.com/About-The-Club.aspx

The conference theme and program are coming together and more details will be available soon!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Victoria!

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SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS
MARION DEAN ROSS/PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER

ANNUAL CONFERENCE, ASHLAND, OREGON, OCT. 23-25, 2015

Abstracts or proposals for papers or work-in-progress reports are solicited for the 2015 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. The meeting this year will be held in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, on October 23rd to 25th.

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Woodcut of woman spinning scanned from the Horizon Book of the Elizabethan World by Lacey Baldwin Smith, New York: American Heritage Publishing, 1967. Available from Wikimedia Commons at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:Woodcut_Woman_Spinning.jpg.

This year’s theme is Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture! To Play or Not To Play?

“…the plays the thing / Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King.  Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2

From festivals to farms, ranches to resorts, mining towns to ghost towns, the American west is replete with attractions and destinations that celebrate its legacy.  Submissions for the conference may address the conference theme, broadly conceived, or explore the ways in which our historic resource-based economy is being translated into a tourism-based economy in southern Oregon and beyond.  Topics germane to the theme will be given first priority; other proposals are also welcome.  Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee with a select number chosen for oral presentation or a poster session opportunity.

Membership in the SAHMDR is not required for abstract submission, although those chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year.  Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome.

Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 500 words, and should fit onto a single-sided page.  A single separate page should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae.  Indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report.  Ideally, submissions should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive, and aim to make an original contribution.  Electronic submission of proposals is preferred.

Abstracts are due on or before May 12, 2015, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by June 11, 2015.  Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by August 11, 2015.  Authors shall retain copyright, but will agree that the paper can be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries.

Email submissions as a Word attachment with the subject heading SAHMDR 2015 on or before May 12, 2015, to Amanda Clark at amanda.c.r.clark (at) gmail.com.  If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please send it via regular mail to:

Amanda C. R. Clark, MLIS, Ph.D.
Director of the Library & Assistant Professor in Art
Whitworth University
300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA 99251

To recap, the pertinent dates are:

May 12, 2015 – Abstract due
June 11, 2015 – Selection notification
August 11, 2015 – Completed manuscripts due
October 23-25, 2015 – Conference in Ashland

Pioneer Hall at Ashland, site of our 2015 Paper Sessions.

Pioneer Hall at Ashland, site of our 2015 Paper Sessions.

This year we will have a conference hotel, the Best Western Bard’s Inn.   Mention “SAHMDR” and you will receive the conference rate of $120 per night for two queen beds or $110 per night for one king bed.  Hotel tax rate is 10%.  The Bard’s Inn is located at 132 N Main St, Ashland OR 97520, within walking distance of our principal venue.  The rate will be held until September 22, and is available for the nights of October 22-24, 2015.  Call 541-482-0049 or 800-533-9627 for reservations.  There is a limited supply of conference-rate rooms so make your reservation soon.

The current season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will still be in session during our conference, so please consider extending your stay to take in a play.

Updates and further information can be found on the SAH MDR website at: http://www.sahmdr.org/

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Spaceneedle at night.  Photo by Dave Pinyerd.

Space Needle at night. Photo by Dave Pinyerd.

In San Francisco in 1954, Elliot A. P. Evans called the organizing meeting of the Pacific Section of the Society of Architectural Historians to order.  Over the years the group would sort itself into three different branches, including Southern and Northern California Chapters as well as the Marion Dean Ross (Pacific Northwest) Chapter. Therefore, 2014 marks our 60th Anniversary and close to our 60th annual conference (there appears to have been a few rare “lapses in chapter activity” according to Elisabeth Walton Potter’s history, Scholars and Sightseers).  To celebrate this milestone, the SAH MDR Board and Conference Committee have organized a meeting in Seattle, Washington with three days of eclectic activity and scholarship.  Slated for October 3-5, the overall theme of the event is Museums: Building Collections, Building Community.

We based our theme on the recent explosion of museums devoted to history operating in historic buildings in Seattle and will therefore offer behind the scenes tours of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), the Wing Luke Museum, the Klondike Gold Rush Museum and the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.  Our paper sessions have been expanded from our usual six presentations to nine, due to the excellent quality of submissions.  There will be an opening presentation by Michael Sullivan of Artifacts Consulting on Puget Sound’s Maritime Heritage delivered on board the 1922 Virginia V (docked, for those of you prone to sea sickness) and a keynote by Anthony Belluschi on preserving and sharing the legacy of his father, architect Pietro Belluschi.  Those of you yearning for some landscape after all of Seattle’s hardscapes will enjoy an outing to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

We look forward to seeing you all in October!

The full program including a registration form is available here or at our website www.sahmdr.org.  Online registration with a credit card is available through Eventbrite.

 

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Museums: Building Collections, Building Community

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

MARION DEAN ROSS/PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 3-5, 2014

In recent years Seattle has re-purposed several important historic buildings to showcase the region’s history, arts, and culture.  Join us for an exciting conference that focuses on old and new museum spaces and collections set in the growing, vibrant city of Seattle.  This year’s theme is Museums: Building Collections, Building Community.  Please consider submitting an abstract or proposal for a paper or work-in-progress report for the 2014 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, to be held in Seattle, Washington, October 3-5, 2014.

Submissions for the conference may include profiles of architects, builders, city planners, and landscape architects that helped build the city, preservation case studies, or important historical trends that made the Seattle area what it is today.  These topics will be given first priority.  Other proposals addressing any aspect of the built environment from any time period or place are also welcome.  All abstracts adhering to the submission guidelines listed below will be given a fair assessment.  Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed by the SAH MDR Review Committee with a select number chosen for oral presentation.  Applicants may be offered a poster session if their abstract is not selected for oral presentation.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome to present at the conference.  Membership in the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is not required for abstract submission, although everyone chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year.

Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 500 words, and should fit onto a single-sided page.  On a separate single page, include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae.  Abstracts are due on or before May 31, 2014, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by June 11, 2014.  Registration fees apply.  Please indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report.  Ideally, the papers or work-in-progress reports delivered at the conference should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive and aim to make an original contribution.  Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by August 12, 2014.

Authors shall retain copyright, but shall agree that the paper will be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries.  Electronic submission of proposals is preferred.  Please email submissions as a Microsoft Word attachment with the subject heading SAH MDR Conference 2014 on or before May 31, 2014, to Phillip Mead at pmead@uidaho.edu.  If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please send it via regular mail to:

Phillip G. Mead AIA

College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
PO Box 442451
Moscow ID 83844

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Oregon State Capitol (1938, Francis Keally, Trowbridge & Livingston)

Oregon State Capitol (1938, Francis Keally, Trowbridge & Livingston)

Report of the Annual Conference of the Marion Dean Ross, Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

Salem, Oregon, October 18-20, 2013

In addition to reviewing paper presentations, booking venues, and arranging tours, the conference committee arranged for the weather to be on its best behavior for the Annual Meeting and Conference of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Centered on Salem, Oregon the Conference was themed “The Willamette River Valley: Settlers and Founders” and began with a tour of GeerCrest Farm, located roughly fifteen miles to the east of downtown.  The site includes the R.C. Geer Farmhouse (1850-51), and currently operates as a working farm and educational center run by a non-profit agency.  Participants noted that while the farming and education programs are lively, much work is still needed on the historic house, particularly citing the need for a preservation plan.

On tour at the Mission Mill.  The 1847 Boon House in the background.

On tour at the Mission Mill. The 1847 Boon House in the background.

Friday evening’s events started with a tour of the Willamette Heritage Center which includes not only the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (1895), but also several of Oregon’s earliest houses that were moved to the site in the 1970s and 1980s as a response to development pressures.  The substantially restored Jason Lee House (1841) and the associated Methodist Parsonage (1841) are considered the oldest houses in Oregon.

Following restorative socializing and snacking, the conference began in earnest with a panel session on the “State of the Willamette Valley Settlement Era Homesteads.”  The panel represented a collaborative effort between the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and Restore Oregon (formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon or HPLO) to preserve some of Oregon’s oldest architectural resources.  Moderator Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Restore Oregon’s (RO) field programs manager reported that in the last two years he had received an increasing number of concerned phone calls regarding settlement era resources.  Indeed, one of RO’s programs, the “Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List,” has consistently featured settlement era resources since its inception in 2011, culminating in a listing for all “Oregon Trail Pioneer Farmsteads” in 2013.  With support from the National Trust, RO subsequently commissioned a study that would provide a context for the past, present, and future of these resources.  The resulting document was created by Liz Carter, preservation consultant, adjunct faculty at the University of Oregon, and the panel’s first presenter.

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Ed Teague introduces the presenters. Left to right: Peggy Moretti, Roger Roper, Kenny Gunn, and Liz Carter.

Liz defined the geographic parameters for the study as the WillametteValley in order to have a manageable region as well as because the Valley was the primary goal of early settlers.  The temporal boundary, 1841-1865 spans the time from the construction of the Jason Lee House and Parsonage to just before the completion of the trans-continental railroad in 1869.  In terms of resource types, those studied were focused on pioneer-era dwellings and farm groupings in order to promote thematic, technological and stylistic cohesion.  In general, settlers initially built a rough shelter, followed by a cabin, a “good barn” and then a lumber house, a sequence that could take upward of six years to complete and result in ensembles of ten to fifteen buildings.  Construction technology ranged from round and hewn logs to timber frame, box construction and finally to balloon framing.  Stylistically, designs reflected the geographic origins of the settlers, but lagged behind those popular on the east coast.

The data for the conclusions drawn by Liz Carter’s context statement was largely provided by Kenny Gunn, the evening’s second speaker, working under the aegis of the State Historic Preservation Office.  Kenny was tasked with re-surveying the known settlement-era properties as well as with identifying additional resources that had been previously overlooked.  The results were alarming.  Of the 311 known resources, 56 (18%) had been demolished since the 1970s.  Another 38 had been substantially altered, to the point that they would no longer qualify for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Roger Roper, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, then talked about what SHPO can do in addition to surveys, including encouraging the creation of a Multiple Property Document (MPD), which would make it easier to list additional properties to the National Register.  The final presenter, Restore Oregon’s Executive Director Peggy Moretti discussed the search for creative solutions to ensure the continued use and thereby the existence of Settlement Era structures.  She particularly emphasized that House Museums, once a stalwart of preservation, are rarely viable these days.

Saturday’s paper sessions took place at Pringle Community Hall, a venue supplied courtesy of the Salem Historic Landmark Commission.  Following introductory remarks by Chapter President Ed Teague and Joy Sears, representing the Salem Landmark Commission, Bill Booth read a salute to our chapter’s founding members that was written by Miriam Sutermeister and Grant Hildebrand.  The full text thereof will follow in a future blog post.  Greater detail on individual presentations will follow as well, but for now here’s a brief summary.

The Presenters:  Bill Booth, Liz Carter, Holly Borth, Don Peting, Doug StanWiens, Kirk Ranzetta/Leesa Gratreak/Patience Stuart, Chris Bell.

The Presenters: Bill Booth, Liz Carter, Holly Borth, Don Peting, Doug StanWiens, Kirk Ranzetta/Leesa Gratreak/Patience Stuart, Chris Bell.

The first group of paper presenters was introduced by Phillip Mead, Associate Professor, University of Idaho.  After participating in the panel on the previous night, Liz Carter returned to the podium once again to present “Searching for the Charles and Melinda Applegate Cabin in Yoncalla.”  The project was an interdisciplinary undertaking between archaeologists and University of Oregon Historic Preservation students to locate the sites for these two features using oral histories, Applegate family records, a systematic grid search, and metal detectors.

The 2010 demolition of the Angell-Brewster House built in 1855 near Lebanon spurred the re-survey of unincorporated Linn County, Oregon by a group including our second presenter Holly Borth.  Of the 87 resources identified only 53 appear to remain.  This survey was also used as a resource for the SHPO-led survey conducted by Kenny Gunn and discussed during the previous night’s panel.

Don Peting’s presentation, “Mahlon Harlow, Willamette Valley Pioneer: His Influence and Legacy” highlighted the life of an extraordinary man, but perhaps a typical early settler.  Harlow’s succinct diary entries rarely fail to mention the weather, and also note his lending aid to the construction projects to numerous of his fellow pioneers, as well as his own progress in constructing his house.

After a brief intermission, Diana Painter, National Register and Survey Coordinator for the Oregon SHPO introduced the next set of presenters beginning with Doug StanWiens, a teacher at Boise High School whose paper titled “Along the Oregon Trail: Using Architectural History to Connect National History Curriculum to Boise’s Past and Present,” described an innovative approach to education using architecture to illustrate local and nation-wide patterns in history.  His interdisciplinary approach introduced students to architectural history while developing photography, social media, and photography skills and made students more aware of the community they live in.

Patience Stewart, Leesa Gratreak and Kirk Ranzetta of URS Corporation, a world-wide engineering, construction and technical services consulting firm, presented “Pioneers of Place on Portland’s Suburban Frontier: The Oak Hills Subdivision.”  While the title would seem to indicate adherence to the conference theme, Oak Hills was established in the 1960s rather than the 1860.  However, their witty titular attempt to conform is greatly appreciated.  Through the efforts of the presenting team, Oak Hills was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first Mid-Century subdivision to gain that distinction in Oregon.  Factors contributing to the high level of integrity that made the listing possible include careful planning at the outset to create a community that would be appealing over a long period of time, leading to both long-term residencies and limiting the desire for alterations.

“Cascadians Atop the Cascades:  Public Ski Lodges Designed for the WillametteValley” was presented by Chris Bell of the Oregon Department of Transportation.  A total of three lodges were built in the Santiam and McKenzie Pass areas to support the emergence of recreational skiing in the 1930s.  Unlike Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, which continues to delight visitors to this day, these were less successful ventures, with one demolished at an early date, one repurposed, and one currently mothballed.

The paper presentations were followed by the annual general meeting.  The highlights:  Elections!  Diana Painter was elected to the chapter Presidency, with Mimi Sheridan continuing on as Treasurer and Bernadette Niederer continuing as Secretary.  The Vice Presidential position remained vacant as no one was willing to commit.  Anyone reading this is encouraged to apply for the position.  Really, it isn’t all that much work, but is is worth more than John Nance Garner legendarily indicated.

The Board announced that the 2013 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award was given to Liz Carter (Eugene, Oregon) to further her project on African-American Pioneer residences in Oregon and to Anne Marshall (University of Idaho, Moscow) for her continuing work on the Native American Museum at Warm Springs.  Congratulations to both!  The Board also decided to lend publication support to Thaisa Way (University of Washington, Seattle) for her pending book on landscape architect Richard Haag.  The Board is looking for committee members to assist with the 2014 Potter Award selection as well as to work on establishing a new award named after our stalwart Treasurer emeritus Shirley Courtois.  The latter award is designed to encourage new membership by aiding potential presenters to travel to our conference and annual meeting.

Our 2014 meeting is slated for Seattle.  Suggestions for 2015 include Vancouver, B.C.; Jacksonville, OR and Astoria, OR.  Note that while we do rotate among our member states (theoretically British Columbia should be our next venue), the conference location is generally determined by the willingness of volunteers at a given location to set the program.

Elisabeth Potter inspires the troops.

Elisabeth Potter inspires the troops.

On a tour of Salem’s Capitol Precinct one might expect, in addition to the advertised Capitol, an occasional dignified church, an august WillametteUniversity building, or the creation of a name brand architect.  However, under the guidance of Elisabeth Potter, such a tour quickly evolves into a primer on being aware of one’s surroundings.  While there was indeed the Oregon State Capitol (main building 1938, by Francis Keally, Trowbridge & Livingston), the First United Methodist Church (1871 plans by Cass Chapman), and the YWCA Building (1952-1954, by Pietro Belluschi), there was also the Church Street Sewage Pumping Station (1954), the Robert Lindsey Tower Senior Apartments built as part of the urban renewal movement in 1976, and the “Theatrical Heartscape” mural painted in 1984 on the back of the historic Elsinore Theater.

Preservationist Hazel Patton leads a tour of the new Museum of Mental Health in the rehabilitated J Building.

Preservationist Hazel Patton leads a tour of the new Museum of Mental Health in the rehabilitated J Building.

More touring followed, with a visit to the Oregon State Hospital including the Dome Building (1912, by E.M. Lazarus) and the new Museum of Mental Health in the historic J Building (1883, by W.F. Boothby).  The J Building was the subject of a protracted preservation battle that led to the listing of the State Hospital Complex on the National Register in 2008.  The Dome Building, which is included in the listing as a contributing resource, is currently considered one of Oregon’s most endangered buildings by Restore Oregon.  Currently in use by the Oregon Department of Corrections, the state plans to sell and redevelop the property.

The chock-a-block full day concluded with a dinner at Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant followed by a keynote address, “Oregon’s Capitol: The Intersection of Tradition and Modernism,” delivered by Leland M. Roth.  After an overview of the development of capitol buildings as a distinct building form, Roth presented selected entries from the 1936 competition to construct a new Oregon State Capitol.

The conference concluded on Sunday, October 20 with tours of the Deepwood Estate and Historic Downtown Salem.  Many thanks to all who participated in the 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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