Three Part Lecture Series
A three part lecture series organized by the Friends of the School of Architecture and Design will be held at the de Seversky Mansion. The series will focus on Mansions of Long Island and their Owner-Patrons of the Arts. The venue was designed by Carrere & Hastings for Alfred Du Pont in 1916 and was subsequently the home of the Guest family.
Guest List to include members of:
North Shore Land Alliance
SPLIA (Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities)
Nassau County Fine Arts Museum
Roslyn Historical Society
Garden City Historical Society
Lecture Dates: Lectures will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dessert will be served at 7:30 p.m.
11/10/11 - The du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in the Brandywine by Maggie Lidz
12/08/11 – North Shore Long Island Country Houses by Paul Mateyunas
01/12/12 - Carrere & Hastings, Architects by Mark Alan Hewitt
The du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in the Brandywine by Maggie Lidz- No American family dominated a single state longer than the du Ponts of Delaware. French immigrants who arrived in America January 1, 1800, the du Ponts became a dynasty of publicity-shy entrepreneurs, engineers, horticulturists, and collectors. They built neighboring houses, gardens, and farms that spanned miles of rolling hills in the Brandywine Valley and earned the region the sobriquet Chateau Country. With their riches from the DuPont Company, the family pursued many passions, resulting in the exquisite art collections, botanical gardens, and libraries now enjoyed by the American public.
About the Speaker - Maggie Lidz is estate historian for Winterthur Museum, a du Pont family estate that dates back to 1839. Although best known as a museum of American decorative arts, the horticultural and social histories of Winterthur have been fertile territory for Lidz s research. Her interest in Winterthur began while she was a student in the graduate program at the University of Delaware
North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890-1950 by Paul J. Mateyunas - Covers 40 of the region s most noted homes, representing the breadth and variety of architectural design and the social and sporting life that characterized the North Shore in its golden age. Drawing on 15 years of extensive research and introducing dozens of never-before-published original photographs and social records, author Paul J. Mateyunas traces the stories of the grand estates and the people who built and occupied them. Each estate covered in the book was carefully chosen; many are written about in detail for the first time. Scarce source information, much of it provided by heirs of the original estate families, clarifies incomplete or misleading information offered by other books on the subject. Each estate is illustrated with both exterior and interior views of the residence, the outbuildings for service and sport, and lushly landscaped grounds that made Long Island famous.
About the Speaker – Noted North Shore historian whose expertise lies in art, design and architecture
Carrere & Hastings, Architects by Kate Lemos, William Morrison, Charles D. Warren, and Mark Alan Hewitt - This comprehensive account of the lifework of John Merven Carrere and Thomas Hastings depicts an organization international in scope with works from London to Vicksburg to Rome to Vancouver but at the same time supremely grounded in New York, dedicated to the civilizing possibilities of the new metropolis. The two volumes pay great attention to the men s best-known commissions in New York, like the Frick mansion and the New York Public Library. Bringing an intelligence and sophistication to New York that has never been surpassed.
About the Speaker - Mark Alan Hewitt is an architect and architectural historian living in Bernardsville, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale and Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Hewitt has taught architecture and historic preservation at Rice University, Columbia University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and, most recently, as a visiting faculty member at Rutgers University. Hewitt's research and writing has addressed American architecture and architects from 1880 to 1940, American country houses and domestic architecture, the work of Gustav Stickley, and architectural preservation. Hewitt is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.