Somerville digs deep into architecture

January 23, 2017 by  

History buffs and homeowners in Somerville are getting ready for the workshop Somerville Architecture: An Aesthetic and Practical Overview. The event takes a look at the history of the town and the buildings that have shaped its landscape.

Though people have been building there since the mid 1700s, Somerville was not incorporated as a town until 1863. Since a lot of the building happened in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a distinctive Victorian style exists among many of the historical buildings in the area, often marked by the presence of red brick, which was made in the region. A lot of other styles are represented in bits and pieces also.

The seminar will look at the different building periods in Somerville, how to recognize the style of that time, and then how to confirm its age and historical value. Participants will be given resources to help learn the backstories of their homes as well as techniques to keep care of their dwellings, which may include special care they were previously unaware of. A complete survey will also be given of the different types of styles present in Somerville. Brochures and other information will be available after the program is over.

Somerville Architecture: An Aesthetic and Practical Overview will be held on January 21 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, located at 35 West End Ave. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in more info should visit the website.