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Understanding Traditional Architecture

Architects and others who become involved in historic preservation often, indeed typically, lack background in historic architecture. Architectural history is not part of anyone’s general education, and, more surprisingly, is not part of professional architectural education. As a result, people are mystified by historical styles and by the vocabulary of traditional architecture. This course will demystify traditional architecture, with a special focus on the styles and details to be found in New York City. Learn to identify styles at a glance, put a rough date on any building you see in New York, and name the parts and details of buildings. Being able to discuss historic architecture confidently is an integral part of being able to do historic preservation competently. The focus in this course will be on building and enhancing your architectural vocabulary.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A familiarity with architectural history
  • The ability to identify different architectural features and styles
  • Knowledge about architecture in New York City
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