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The American House – Class at Brookline Adult Ed

That's me in front of my family's first house. Even then I was a house enthusiast.

That's me in front of my family's first house. Even then I was a house enthusiast.

I’ve always loved course catalogs and typically find all sorts of classes that sound appealing. Seldom though has a class seemed so much up my alley as The American House offered in the Winter term at Brookline Adult and Community Education.

The American House is a three session class taught in January by Stephen Jerome.  Jerome is a specialist in historic preservation and design and a trustee of the Brookline Historical Society.

“In Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America, author Gwendolyn Wright states: ‘From the first frame house in New England to the latest condominium in the Sunbelt, our houses have been filled with our images of ourselves, our myths, and often the images our neighbors, our government, or our employers have projected for us.’

In this course, we will unravel the myths and meanings of the American house, using the houses themselves as our text.

  • How has the builder-client relationship evolved over time?
  • Who were the first American architects?
  • What are the myths and realities of such legendary houses as The House of Seven Gables and Scarlet O’Hara’s Tara?

These questions will be explored in this overview of Classic, Romantic, high-style, and vernacular house forms that have shaped and continue to transform the architectural environment.

By the end of the course you will be familiar not only with the names of architects and styles of houses, but also with the issues of cultural continuity that have shaped the American house for over three centuries.”

As someone who’s been obsessed with houses since a very young age, I was quick to sign up for the class.  Classes fill up quickly – you can sign up by phone at 617-730-2700 or on the web at www.brooklineadulted.org

The American House will be offered by Brookline Adult Ed at the Brookline High School in January 2010.  The class begins on January 14th, 7 – 9 pm and costs $85 for three sessions.

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