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Wentworth Villa (1863), site of the Conference’s Paper Sessions on June 17.

The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian’s 2017 conference program has been completed!  The program and registration information are available here.  Note that in the program all the underlined references in blue are weblinks.  You can click them for further details.  To register online with Eventbrite click here.

This year’s conference will be in Victoria, BC.  Inspired by a variety of anniversary celebrations being held in Canada, the conference theme is “Commemorations.”  The conference will begin with a walking tour on Friday, June 16, and end with a boat tour on Sunday, June 18.  In between will be a reception, more touring, a banquet, and of course, paper presentations.  All is described in the conference program.

The key dates are as follows:

May 30, 2017 – Registration deadline without a late fee
June 10, 2017 – Deadline for off-site registration
June 16-18, 2017 – Conference in Victoria

Updates and further information can be found on the SAH MDR website at:


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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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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





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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The annual  conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter will be held in historic Spokane, Washington,  in conjunction with the  NATIONAL PRESERVATION CONFERENCE,  Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2012, the annual meeting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation  and its affiliated groups.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available!

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