Nov 082012
 

Ed Lay speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville

On Thursday, September 13, 2012, Ed Lay presented the second lecture in our series entitled “Virginia History 301: The Old Dominion in Antebellum Times.”

Mr. Lay explains how classical forms  of architecture, a form which originated in Greece, became known as the “National Style” in the mid 1800s in America. Ed points out that in the American deep south the practice of surrounding homes with Greek-style columns was popular until the Civil War. He continues with specific examples of buildings embodying this form, many of which can still be found in the Charlottesville area. Following his presentation, Mr. Lay answered questions from the audience.

Mr. Lay is the Cary D. Langhorne Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Virginia. A veritable font of architectural knowledge on the Old Dominion, Professor Lay has also taught abroad in Edinburgh and Vicenza.

The series was organized by award-winning historian and Charlottesville-based author, lecturer, and cartographer Rick Britton in conjunction with the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

This is the second of a four part Thursday series. Click here listen all four parts of this series.

Jan 062011
 

Ed Lay

Ed Lay speaks to history enthusiasts at the Charlottesville Senior Center. This is the sixth and final part of this series.

Regular listeners of our podcasts might know Rick Britton. He’s a historian and cartographer and a frequent guest on WINA’s Charlottesville Right Now with Coy Barefoot.  Rick also designs and hosts Virginia history programs for the Charlottesville Senior Center.

In the fall of 2010, the Senior Center offered one of Rick’s programs entitled “Virginia History 101.” Running from October 7th through November 18th, this six-session lecture series was designed for those interested in Virginia’s fascinating early history. The series focused on some of the big topics that dominated the Old Dominion’s first two centuries, including, Native Virginians, Tobacco, Slavery, the Revolution, George Washington’s Presidency, and Jeffersonian Architecture. The series was followed with a travel session where participants experienced Virginia history first hand.

The lecture for November 11th, “Jeffersonian (or Federal) Architecture,” was presented by Ed Lay, the Cary D. Langhorne Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Virginia. A veritable font of architectural knowledge on the Old Dominion, Professor Lay has also taught abroad in Edinburgh and Vicenza. After a brief description of the differences between Georgian and Jeffersonian period architecture, Lay familiarizes the audience with the many structures designed by our third president, Thomas Jefferson—who introduced neoclassicism to the United States—as well as the many central Virginia homes influenced by his beautiful creations.

This is the sixth and final part for this series for 2010.

Click here to listen to all six lectures in this series:

• December 2, 2010 – The Monacan Nation – Rick Britton
• December 9, 2010 – Tobacco, The First Cash Crop – Susan Kern
• December 16, 2010 – Foodways of the Enslaved – Leni Sorensen
• December 23, 2010 – The Yorktown Campaign – Ed Lengel
• December 30, 2010 – Washington’s Presidency – David Hoth
• January  6, 2011- Architecture in the Jeffersonian Period – Ed Lay