…and quite a few of the are on the DTM. This is an annual event Preservation Piedmont has been sponsoring, and if you’re a history buff and like preserving it, you’ll love the program:
Friday, May 4
6-8 PM: PAPER CITY: FUTURIST CHARLOTTESVILLE exhibition opening reception Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, 418 East Main Street on the Downtown Mall An exhibition of forward thinking designs created by forward-thinking local architects, artists, designers and activists striving to create a better tomorrow in Charlottesville.
5:30-7:30 PM: MORE THAN A ROOF: CHARLOTTESVILLE RESIDENTIAL exhibition opening reception Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, 200 2nd Street, NE
This exhibition surveys key aspects of Charlottesville’s residential architecture between the late 19th century and the present. The exhibition explores the way that developers, builders, architects, homeowners, and renters have sought to balance social and cultural ideals with changing economic, technological, and spatial possibilities. The exhibition is mounted by Professor Daniel Bluestone and students in the Community History, Planning, and Design Workshop, in the historic preservation program at the UVA School of Architecture.
Saturday, May 5
2-5 PM: CHARLOTTESVILLE’S OLDEST self-guided tour of 18th & early 19th century house exteriors and open houses, including the John A.G. Davis House at the Farm (c. 1826) and the Dinsmore House (1817). Map will be available at preservation-piedmont.org.
Sunday, May 6
2-5 PM: CHARLOTTESVILLE HOUSES AGAINST THE GRAIN, self-guided tour with staff available at each home. Meet at 2 pm at the UVA School of Architecture (Campbell 205) for an orientation & to pick up a tour map. Map will also be available at preservation-piedmont.org.
Monday, May 7
12-1 PM: PRESERVATION FILM: THE GREENEST BUILDING, CitySpace (100 5th Street NE)
Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish one third of our existing building stock (over 82 billion square feet) in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient “green” buildings. The hour long documentary “The Greenest Building” poses the question “Is demolition in the name of sustainability really the best use of natural, social, and economic resources? Or, like the urban renewal programs of the 1960’s, is this well-intentioned planning with devastating environmental and cultural consequences?” (57 minutes) http://www.thegreenestbuildingmovie.com
Wednesday, May 9
7-8 PM: PRESERVATION FILM (2nd screening): THE GREENEST BUILDING, Water Street Center (407 East Water St.) Thursday, May 10
7 PM: CULTURAL GEOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING CHARLOTTESVILLE’S HISTORY FROM THE BEDROCK UPWARDS Water Street Center (407 East Water St.) Aaron Cross presents.
Friday, May 11
12 PM: MORE THAN JUST A WALL: LANDSCAPE EXPLORATION WITHIN THE ACADEMICAL VILLAGE CitySpace (100 5th Street NE) Laura Knott and Mary Hughes will present on UVA’s west range project.
Saturday, May 12
2-4 PM: “MONTICELLO TO MAIN STREET” DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR will trace the history of property ownership in Charlottesville’s African American community. Developed in conjunction with the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the tour will begin in Court Square, visit sites along Main Street, and conclude at 4 PM with a reception at West Main Restaurant. Light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks provided with a cash bar available, 4-5:30 PM. http://www.monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery http://www.jeffschoolheritagecenter.org/
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