New exhibit explores architects’ work to update and preserve antique homes
When Jeff Titus bought the above house, he hired a dendrochronology lab to take samples from the fireplace lentil, front wall and floor joists to run scientific dating tests. (Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating is the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree-rings. Dendrochronology can date the time at which tree rings were formed, in many types of wood, to the exact calendar year. From Wikipedia) The lab results were inconclusive; the best likely dating was somewhere between 1740 and 1760, but during this period it was not uncommon to reuse wood from an older home when building a new home. The Wilton Historical Society dated the home’s origin to 1791. Dendrochronology Report will be available to read at the “Building a Future From the Past” Exhibit.
“Building a Future From the Past” – Exhibit
March 25 – October 31, 2012
Tue – Fri, 10am – 4pm
Sat, 1 – 4pm;
Sun (through May) 1-4pm: 4/15; 4/29; 5/6; 5/20
Cost: free to members and children, $5 for non-member adults
Special Opening Reception (Free): Sunday, March 25, 3-6pm
“Fitch House Move 2001” – Fitch House, formerly 249 Danbury Road. To make its trip from #249, south to #224 Danbury Road, this 1732/1757 dwelling sacrificed its roof, attic, and rear wings, one of which was rebuilt on the new site. The center chimney was moved intact, with the top portion reassembled in its new location. Much of the Wilton community gathered on a cold day in January, 2001, to watch the event, which was led slowly down Route 7 behind the bagpipes of Glenn Shattuck. In a single day, the house was rotated 180 degrees and set just above its newly prepared foundation. Watercolor by Ed MacEwen. Donated to the Society by Hal & Judy Higby
“This new exhibit explores architects’ work to preserve antique homes while bringing them into the 21st Century. A special opening reception will be held Sunday, March 25 from 3-6pm, and educational events, an architect’s symposium and other events related to the exhibit are being planned.
Antique homes and their strong visual presence along roads in Fairfield County and throughout New England are an important part of the tapestry that creates the character of the town.
Reminders of the town’s and nation’s heritage, these buildings serve as living monuments of our past. For the owners, antique houses provide a very real connection to the lives of residents long since passed. For those driving by, they offer glimpses of a landscape steeped in history and nostalgia.
The Wilton Historical Society and a team of 11 leading architecture firms from throughout the region explore the many ways these historic homes are being preserved, protected and restored while being adapted for life in these modern times. The featured architects will be:
- Richard Bergmann Architects – New Canaan
- Erskine-Middeleer Associates – Wilton
- Faesy-Smith Architects – Wilton
- David Ling Architects – New York
- Bartels-Pagliaro Architects – South Norwalk
- Austin Patterson Disston Architects – Southport
- Kathleen Poirier Architects – Wilton
- Kevin Quinlan Architecture – Wilton
- Rob Sanders Architects – Wilton
- Michael Smith Architects – Wilton
- Richard Tomasetti Architects – Wilton
Curated by New Canaan’s Richard Bergmann, and made possible through a generous sponsorship from Titus Built, LLC of West Redding, the exhibit offers a glimpse into the innovative solutions architects are bringing to antique homes.
More importantly, the exhibit demonstrates the craftsmanship and viability of homes built 200 years ago, and explores the historical, cultural and environmental benefits of their preservation. For more information and updates, visit www.wiltonhistorical.org or call (203) 762-7257,” via Wilton Historical Society.
Wilton Historical Society Co-Presidents with “Building a Future From the Past” Curator and Lead Sponsor.
From left: Tierney O’Hearn, co-president of the Wilton Historical Society, guest curator Richard Bergmann, exhibit sponsor Jeffrey Titus, and Greg Chann, Society co-president.
“I am honored to be included with this prestigious group of local professionals who are as passionate as I am about preservation, local history and superb design. Being part of five generations of family in this area since the early 1900’s, I feel the responsibility to enrich our communities and retain a bit of our local heritage.
We are fortunate to live in an area of the United States that is rich with American history and architecture. I’m proud to support the Wilton Historical Society in their effort to educate and raise awareness of our historical buildings, architecture and construction materials and methods that have shaped how we live today.” Jeff Titus
To see more of Titus Built Historical Renovations visit their Historical Renovations Portfolio or Blog here:
Join Jeff Titus on Sunday, March 25th, at the Wilton Historical Society and enjoy what the museum is all about . . . preserving, and sharing our heritage.
Interested in Traditional American Rooms join Christine G. H. Franck’s lecture at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in NYC:
WINTERTHUR: TRADITIONAL AMERICAN ROOMS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28; RECEPTION AT 6:30 PM; LECTURE AT 7:00 PM