Historical society program will look at Connecticut architecture

Historical society program will look at Connecticut architecture

We've all heard someone dismiss Connecticut as a pass-through state. Yet, if you open your eyes to what we have here, you will see extraordinary historic architecture and landscapes. Visitors are often astonished once they leave the interstate highways.

Berlin Historical Society invites you to revel in what our state has that is so appealing, not only to scholars, but to casual tourists, when it hosts a presentation by Chris Wigren of Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation on Tuesday, June 18. The public is invited to attend a brief business meeting at 6 p.m., followed by the main event at 6:30. The location is the Founders Room at Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, in the heart of Berlin's Historic District. Refreshments and book signing will follow. The free event is made possible by a donation from member, Mary Jean Agostini.

Wigren is someone who has long had an eye for what is uniquely Connecticut. So much stands out that it was difficult for him to limit the book to 100 places. From tobacco sheds with their moveable ventilation slats, Lime Rock with its natural seating for race fans, Lovers Leap Bridge in New Milford, built by the iconic Berlin Iron Bridge Company, to colonial town greens and mid-century modern office parks, Connecticut has infinite visual appeal.

As an architectural historian and deputy director of Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Wigren has a passion for telling the stories behind what we see. His articles and essays have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the New Haven Register and Connecticut Explored magazine.

Wigren's work is a project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Their collaboration produced a gorgeous book published by Wesleyan Press entitled, Connecticut Architecture – Stories of 100 Places.

While Wigren is infinitely qualified to have written an academic textbook of architectural style elements, this is not a dry tome. The book is a celebration of our sense of place, with 173 color photos of diverse structures and landscapes. Chapters are divided thematically and cover both well-known places and unexpected treasures. One book will be raffled at the event. Other copies will be available for purchase from the author with cash or by check.

You cannot help but leave the talk feeling a renewed sense of pride in Connecticut, and desire to share it with all who visit here.


To register for the program, call 860-828-5114 or email berlincthistorical@gmail.com.  

-- Submitted by Lorraine Stub, secretary, Berlin Historical Society


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