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HISP 101: The American Heritage

Course Outline

Historic Preservation 101, the American Heritage, introduces the principles of historic preservation through the study of sites, structures, buildings, objects and districts, using the analytical tools of history, architectural history, social history, and archaeology. Through reading and discussion, lectures, and slide presentations, the course will help the student understand the history, development and context of the American heritage that historic preservation seeks to identify, interpret, and protect.

Course Objectives

• Foster a basic understanding and awareness of American historic preservation and the philosophy, purposes, content, and methods of the discipline.
• Acquire a basic working familiarity with material culture and the built environment.
• Build and master architectural vocabulary.
• Establish a basis for future studies in historic preservation.
• Actively pursue independent educational experiences inside and outside the classroom.

This course partly satisfies the University’s General Education requirements under the goal of “Human Experience and Society.” Consequently, the course has the following Student Learning Outcomes:
• Explain human and social experiences and activities from multiple perspectives.
• Draws appropriate conclusions based on evidence.
• Transfers knowledge and skills learned to a novel situation.

Honors Designation

This section of HISP 101 carries the Honors designation. As such, there are higher standards for success in this course, and students will be particularly encouraged to develop communication skills, enhance research skills, apply terms and concepts learned in this course in the proper context, and actively pursue independent educational experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Students will be expected to actively participate in class, engage in the materials, and form community with their classmates.

Texts

McAlester, V. & McAlester, L. (1984) A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Knopf.

All other materials will be made available online.

Architectural Image Library

Students are encouraged to use the image library to hone their skills in identifying architectural features. If you have pictures you would like added to the library, please contact Dr. Smith.

You are also welcome to use this list of architectural terms to help you study. It will be updated throughout the semester.

Disability Information, Grading Scale & Instructor Policies

Course Requirements

Graded Course Requirements Due Date Weight
Class Participation All Semester 15%
Test 1 Sep 20 (Fri) 15%
Assignment 1: Building Features Oct 16 (Wed) 10%
Test 2 Nov 1 (Fri) 15%
Assignment 2: Building Description Nov 15 (Fri) 20%
Final Examination Dec 10 (Mon) 25%

You may submit your written assignments by uploading them here.


Course Schedule

WEEK 1
8/26 M Introduction & Syllabus Review
8/28 W The Meaning of the Built Environment
Readings: Stilgoe “Outside Lies Magic”, Chapter 1
8/30 F Building Elements I
Readings: McAlester pp. 32-53
WEEK 2
9/2 M Building Elements II
Readings: McAlester pp. 32-53
9/4 W Building Elements III: Classical Orders
Readings: The Classical Orders
9/6 F Vocabulary Review
WEEK 3
9/9 M Native American Architecture
Readings: McAlester pp. 65-73
9/11 W Colonial Architecture I: New England & Virginia
Readings: McAlester pp. 104-111
9/13 F Colonial Architecture II: Holland, Germany, France and Spain
Readings: McAlester pp. 112-137
WEEK 4
9/16 M Georgian Period I: New England
Readings: McAlester pp. 138-151
9/18 W Georgian Period II: The South
Readings: Review McAlester pp. 138-151
9/20 F TEST 1
WEEK 5
9/23 M Federal Period I: A More Developed Style
Readings: McAlester pp. 152-167
9/25 W Federal Period II: The Birth of the Architect
Readings: McAlester pp. 168-175
9/27 F Greek Revival
Readings: McAlester pp. 178-195
WEEK 6
9/30 M Case Study of the Classical-Gothic Transition: Ecclesiastical Buildings
Readings: TBD
10/2 W Gothic Revival
Readings: McAlester pp. 196-209
Assignment 1 handed out
10/5 F No Class
WEEK 7
10/7 M The Eclectic: Octagon, Egyptian Revival
Readings: McAlester pp. 230-237
10/9 W The Industrial Revolution: Industrial Buildings & New Technology
Readings: Samuel Slater (read links as well)
10/11 F Synthesis of Elements: Building Description
Readings: How to Write an Architectural Description and Complete the National Register Form, “Narrative Description” Section
WEEK 8
10/14 M NO CLASS – FALL BREAK
10/16 W Building Description Review
ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE
10/18 F Italianate
Readings: McAlester pp. 210-229
Assignment 2 handed out
WEEK 9
10/21 M Second Empire & High Victorian Gothic
Readings: McAlester pp. 240-253
10/23 W Richardsonian Romanesque
Readings: McAlester pp. 300-307
10/25 F The Columbian Exhibition/Beaux Arts
Readings: McAlester pp. 378-385
WEEK 10
10/28 M Case Study in Classicism: Train Stations & Libraries
10/30 W Vocabulary and Stylistic Review
11/1 F TEST 2
WEEK 11
11/4 M Chateauesque & Late Gothic
Readings: McAlester pp. 354-377
11/6 W Queen Anne & Stick
Readings: McAlester pp. 254-287
11/8 F Shingle Style
Readings: McAlester pp. 288-299
WEEK 12
11/11 M Craftsman & the Bungalow
Readings: McAlester pp. 452-463
11/13 W Tudor, Pueblo & Mission Revivals
Readings: McAlester pp. 408-437
11/15 F The Prairie Style & American Foursquare
Readings: McAlester pp. 438-451
ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE
WEEK 13
11/18 M The Rise of Tall Buildings I: The Chicago School
Readings: Lowe, G. Architecture: the First Chicago School
11/20 W The Rise of Tall Buildings II: New York & The Setback
Readings: Dol, A. The Architecture and Development of New York City
11/22 F Modernism
Readings: McAlester pp. 464-473
WEEK 14
11/25 M Post-Modernism
Readings: TBD
11/27 W NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING
11/29 F NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING
WEEK 15
21/2 M Domestic Architecture since WWII
Readings: McAlester pp. 486-499
12/4 W Architecture into the 21st Century
12/6 F Course Review
WEEK 16
12/13 F FINAL EXAM