Aldredge House Speaker Series

Join us for the Aldredge House Speaker Series presented by FOAH as part of the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.
 
The Aldredge House Speaker Series includes the Savage Park Art fair & Refreshments which are all free and open to the public. No ticket is required to attend.
 
**Home Tours: Tickets are required to attend a Home Tour. To purchase Tour Tickets, please visit: http://sahd.org/content/2018-swiss-avenue-mothers-day-home-tour-0 


 
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Saturday, May 12
11:00 am 
Nicky DeFreece Emery, AIA

“Sustainability & Historic
Preservation”
                                                                                                                         

Do you love wavy glass in those old windows?  Join us to learn how they help historic homes ‘going green’!
                                               
Description:                       
We all want to help save energy and lessen our carbon footprint, but did you know you are already being "green" just by living in a historic home? Learn how to make your historic home more efficient, lessen your energy bills, and reduce those pesky drafts. In this session, we will discuss the value of historic windows, the "embodied energy" in old materials, and easy DIY solutions that homeowners can implement themselves to make sure that historic character is retained when "going green."  




 
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Saturday, May 12
1:00 pm
Nancy McCoy, FAIA, FAPT
Carolyn Brown

       “Architecture that Speaks”         
                                        
Using color, light and siting – buildings really can talk!  Learn about the historic
Texas A&M campus, its masterplan and classical buildings of S.C.P. Vosper.
 
 
Description: 
When the A&M College of Texas opened its doors in 1876, its early buildings followed a Victorian architectural style. Classical architecture came to the campus with the Academic Building, after the 1912 fire that destroyed Old Main. Subsequent buildings generally followed this neoclassical path, but the growth of the campus in the Depression era saw the addition of an extraordinary group of buildings, sited in accordance with a master plan developed by college architect F. E. Giesecke and designed by S. C. P. Vosper, each of whom also held faculty positions in the first architecture program at a state college in Texas.

The buildings designed by Vosper are arguably the finest buildings on the campus, uniquely expressive of the agricultural and mechanical origins of the university; they delight the senses with color, sculpture, and wit. Nancy McCoy reviews the history of Texas A&M campus, the architecture of Vosper and his legacy with sumptuous photography of Carolyn Brown.



 
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Saturday, May 12
2:00 pm      
Mariana Greene
Garden Writer
Retired Garden Editor, The Dallas Morning News
 
                                                “Finding Beauty – Day 1”

Loose and lovely spring arrangements                                  
 
Description:
Roam the alleyways and vacant lots as well as your own property to forage for grasses, branches, vines and flowers to pair with purchased, perfect florists’ flowers. 
 


 
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Saturday, May 12
3:00 pm
Wilson Fuqua, AIA

“Afternoon with Hal”
                                                                               
                                                                                                               
Noted architect Wilson Fuqua will provide fascinating insights into the work of Hal Thomson, who designed many prominent mansions along Swiss Avenue.
 
Description:
History and architecture buffs are invited to join Dallas architect Wilson Fuqua as he diagrams the work of Hal Thomson, who designed many of the grand mansions along Swiss Avenue and in the Park Cities in the early 1900’s.  One of Thomson’s most significant projects is the French Eclectic Aldredge House, together with its embellished Georgian neighbor across the street are the focal points of Fuqua’s discussion, showcasing how disparate parts of historical European architectural styles made their way into Thomson’s commissions for the developing class of prosperous bankers, oilmen, ranchers and merchants he attracted as clients.



 
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Sunday, May 13
2:00 pm  
Mariana Greene
Garden Writer
Retired Garden Editor, The Dallas Morning News
 
“Finding Beauty – Day 2”

Loose and lovely spring arrangements                                  
 
Description:
Roam the alleyways and vacant lots as well as your own property to forage for grasses, branches, vines and flowers to pair with purchased, perfect florists’ flowers. 






 
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Sunday, May 13
4:00 pm
Claude Graves

"Roses of the Garden"
                                               
 
Join us to hear Claude Graves, past-president of Collin County Rose Society, on antique roses and all their garden charm!