Architectural History of America: An IntroductionProfessor Emerson Woods Baker II
Documentary Assignment #1: William Godsoe survey maps
Documentary Assignment #1: Government Maps
Frost Inventory p. 1
Frost Inventory p. 2
Frost Inventory p. 3
Frost Inventory p. 4
Letters and documents
References for letters and documents
Architectural History of America: An Introduction (HIS 377-01)
SALEM STATE COLLEGE
Department of History - Fall 2000
MWF 9:30-10:20 SB 106
Professor Emerson Baker
Office: Sullivan 106a
Phone: 542-7126 (office)
Office Hours: Monday 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Page: salemstate.edu/~ebaker
Please feel free to contact me whenever the need arises.
This course is a study
of the built environment (including landscape) in America from colonial settlement
to the late 1800s. The course also provides an overview of historic
preservation, and cultural resource management. Emphasis is placed on how
architecture and landscape have shaped the New England experience, especially
in the colonial and federal periods.
Content Objectives - After completing this course, you should understand and be able to comment accurately on the following themes:
1. Architecture and landscape as part of the study of material culture
2. The multi-disciplinary nature of historical research
3. The differences between vernacular and academic architecture
4. The influence of regionalism and ethnicity
5. The evolving nature of our built environment, and the reasons for its change
6. The nature of historic
preservation and cultural resource management in the U. S. today.
Skills Objectives - In this course you will have the opportunity to develop the following:
1. To identify and classify historic buildings and landscapes.
2. To interpret the meaning and context of the built environment, in relationship to history.
3. To write in gramatically correct English
4. To participate in class
1. Required Reading
McAlester, Virginia and Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses
Stilgoe, John. Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.
Plus, several reserve readings
2. Class Participation:
I expect you be be here for class, and to always be ready to speak to the
issues of the day.
3. Written assignments.
Two written assignments of approximately 5 to 7 pages in length. These assignments
provide you the opportunity to interpret primary sources on architectural
history, and discuss your interpretation in a thoughtful and well written
essay. All written work is to be typed (or word processed) and double spaced,
with one inch margins. Although this is not an English class, your spelling
and grammar do matter a great deal, for the better you communicate your
historical thoughts, the better I can evaluate them. Work is to be noted
in historical citation style, with footnotes or end notes, as indicated
in the Chicago Manual of Style of Turabian. Remember, using the quotes or
even the ideas of others without proper citation is plagarism. If you have
questions about citation style, please ask. Papers not handed in during class
on the due date are considered late, and will be marked down a minimum of
one letter grade (10 points). The later the paper, the more it will be marked
down. Specifics on these assignments will be handed out at a later class.
4. An exercise designed
to introduce you to the internet. If you do not already have access to the
Internet, you will apply for a computer account at Salem State, and briefly
explore the Internet. I will hand out the details in a couple of weeks when
you get your account. Your job now is apply for one, as soon as possible!
5. Final Exam. The exam
will be cumulative for the semester, and will take place on December 19.
First Documentary Assignment 17.5%
Midterm Exam 20%
Second Documentary Assignment 17.5%
Internet Assignment 5%
Final Exam 30%
Class Participation 10%
Salem State College is committed to nondiscrimination of Handicapped persons as specified in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who qualify as handicapped persons under the definition of this act should notify the instructor at the beginning of course so that reasonable modifications may be made when necessary.
Course outline and assignments - subject to change
- please keep current
Note that the reading listed
on a specific date is expected to be read for that class.
Sept. 6 Introduction to the Course
Sept. 8 Learning the Language of architecture McAlester 32-64
Academic vs. Vernacular Architecture
Sept. 13 Primitive forms of shelter McAlester 4-31, 63-73
Sept. 15 Raising a timber frame McAlester 103-111
Sept. 18 Colonial architectural style McAlester 112-137
Sept. 20 Colonial architecture continued
Sept. 22 Architecture and the World Wide Web
Sept. 25 Georgian architecture McAlester 138-151
Sept. 27 Georgian architecture, continued McAlester 152-167
Sept. 29 Neo-Classicism McAlester 168-175
Oct. 2 Walking Tour of McIntyre District
Oct. 4 Federalism, concluded Internet Assignment Due
The Greek Revival
Oct. 9 Columbus Day - No Class
Oct. 11 Gothic Revival McAlester 196-209
Oct. 13 Exotic Revivals & Italianate McAlester 210-237
First Documentary Assignment Due
Oct. 16 Second Empire, Stick & Queen Anne McAlester 239-287
Oct. 18 Shingle Style and Romanesque McAlester 288-317
Second Walking Tour
Start reading Stilgoe (ix-134)
Oct. 23 Big House. Little House, Backhouse, Barn
Oct. 25 Midterm Exam
Oct. 30 Changes in the Land
Nov. 1 Bounding the Land
Creating a National Landscape
Reading for the Week: Stilgoe 135-264
Nov. 6 Gravestones & Graveyards Deetz, Remember me as You Pass By*
Nov. 8 The Rural Cemetery Movement
Veterans Day Holiday - noclass
Nov. 13 Historic Gardens
Nov. 15 Urban Landscapes Reading for the Week: Stilgoe 265-346
Urban Landscapes, continued
Nov. 20 Industrial Landscapes You shold have completed Stilgoe.
Nov. 22-26 Thanksgiving
Recess, no class
Nov. 27 What is Historic Preservation? Wallace**
Nov. 29 The Colonial Revival McAlester 320-41*
The Role of Government in Historic Preservation
Dec. 4 Preservation vs. Restoration or Renovation Mansfield, 3-18*
Dec. 6 How to Ruin a Beautiful House Mansfield, 249-276*
Dec. 8 Historic Districts & “This Old Hassle” Suzanne Freeman, This Old Hassle*
Second Documentary Assignment due
Last Class: Review for final
Final Exam (takes place from 8:30-10:30)
*- denotes reserve reading
Internet Assignment - (5% of grade) Your task is to go on-line on the World
Wide Web and to write a brief critique of several web sites related
to the topics covered in this course. Take sometime to check out a
variety of sites, and find two that you like. Then, study them closely, and
write a review of each of them (roughly one page 8.5” x 11”format). In your
reviews, be sure to give the site name, address, a general description of
the content, and your editorial comments (why the site was effective or not,
whether the information was accurate, how useful was it to our course, etc).
Be sure to be critical in your analysis. There are a lot of great sites on
the web, with wonderful information, but there is also a lot of misinformation.
When you have completed your assignment, send it to me as e-mail. You can
send the review as the main body of the e-mail, or as an attached file. If
you attach the file, please be sure it in Microsoft Word format, so I can
read it on my computer. The assignment is to be e-mailed to me by midnight,
on October 4.