The Golden Age of Camden's Cottages

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Camden has examples of most of the house styles in Maine's history. Each generation has adopted the prevailing ideas about how houses should be built, and many of them are still around. In this slide lecture on Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m., at the Camden Public Library, Chris Glass will survey them. Emphasis will be on the golden age of the cottages built at the turn of the 20th Century. This is a repeat of the slide lecture given in March sponsored by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, which was so popular it overflowed the library event space.

"Wealthy summer visitors started making a huge impact on the town with their 'summer cottages' and such improvements as the Mount Battie Hotel, the Megunticook Golf Club, and the Village Green,” said Ken Gross, History Center Director at the Camden Public Library, in a news release. “Chris Glass will share images and histories of many of these fine buildings which helped shape Camden into the town it is today."

Christopher Glass is an architect practicing in Camden since 1974. His practice has consisted primarily of new houses and renovations to existing ones, along with historic preservation and small commercial and church projects. He is the former architect member and chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and former President of Maine Preservation and has received awards from both organizations.

He taught architectural design at Bowdoin College for twenty years and has lectured widely. He is the author of At Home in Maine: Houses Designed to Fit the Land, Down East Books 2005, Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses, Down East Books 2009, and coauthor of Homes Down East: Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Townhouses, Tilbury House 2014.
He grew up in Washington, D.C. and has a degree in philosophy from Haverford College, and his master’s of architecture degree from Yale University. His wife, Rosalee, holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bangor Theological Seminary and is an Episcopal deacon.


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Tue, 10/24/2017 - 7:00pm