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Building Practices Symposium to Focus on Unique Architecture of Early New England
Deerfield, Mass. (April 24, 2018) ---  The lesser-known building types and construction techniques found throughout parts of New England is the focus of the upcoming symposium, Out of the Ordinary: Variations on New England Building Practices at Historic Deerfield.  Geared towards both professionals practicing in all aspects of the preservation field as well as owners of historic structures, the symposium will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
The symposium will feature lectures and presentations from notable speakers on the topic of unique specimens of vernacular architecture dating from the late-seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century.   The speakers include Myron Stachiw, Historical Consultant, Woodstock, Connecticut, presenting "Redefining the Typology of Early New England Houses: From the Stone-ender to the Square Plan House;" James Sexton, Architectural Historian, New Rochelle, New York, presenting "Reverse Assembly in Coastal Connecticut;" Ian Stewart, Owner, New Netherland Timber Framing, Ghent, New York, presenting "A Truly American Form: Anglo Dutch Houses, Their Roots, Form, and Legacy," Sean Maher, 2011 Graduate, Boston University, American & New England Studies Program, presenting "The North Shore House: Adaptation and Variations in Local Building Practices; " and J. Ritchie Garrison, Director, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, presenting "Romantic Alternatives, Experimental Designs, and Traditional Practices in the Architecture of Southwestern New Hampshire, 1820-1850."
Registration for Historic Deerfield's Out of the Ordinary: Variations on New England Building Practices is $85 per person ($75 for Historic Deerfield members) with an optional box lunch available for purchase. To view the complete schedule and to register online, visit  or contact Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179 to register by telephone.
About Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.