Another Brick in the Wall: Buildings and Architecture

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  • Bristol Houses: the Order of Merchant Capitalism in England's Second City (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Roger H Leech.

    A survey of housing in medieval and early modern Bristol provides insights into how the urban elite overtly or less obviously reinforced social inequality and hierarchy.  Some of these elements of urban culture relate to those identified elsewhere, notably in the writings of Glassie, Deetz and Leone with reference to the vernacular architecture and social structure of 18th-century North America, the use of classical architecture, falling gardens and baroque street plans.  Other elements...

  • Cedar Shakes, Red Clay Bricks, and the Great Fire: Walloon-Speaking Belgians on Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only John D. Richards. Patricia B. Richards.

    Encouraged by earlier emigrants as well as boosterism by steamship companies, some 60,000 Belgians immigrated to the United States before 1900. A particularly dense concentration of Walloon speakers settled the southern portion of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula and by 1860 over 60% of this area was Belgian owned. Today, the area harbors the largest concentration of Belgian-American vernacular architecture in North America and is remarkable for the presence of well-preserved agrarian landscapes as...

  • European occupation and its impact on local lifestyle: discussing architectural transformations in 20th-century sites in Argentinean Patagonia. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Amalia Nuevo Delaunay.

    European lifeways were introduced into  Argentinean Patagonia during the 19th century, thus joining this so-called "empty region" to the realm of the dominant global economic model. By the late 19th century, stockbreeding production started to spread over the area traditionally occupied by local indigenous people, thereby introducing significant changes to their lifestyle. Officially, indigenous peoples were to be settled into circumscribed reserves. However, some chose self-appointed...

  • A "Hog in the Wall" and Other New Discoveries about the Construction of Drayton Hall, c. 1738 (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sarah Stroud.

    In conjunction with a structural assessment of Drayton Hall’s iconic two-story portico in the spring of 2012, archaeological investigations were conducted adjacent to the foundations of the portico. These test units were of particular interest as they revealed the conditions and extent of the spread footers at the base of the square piers and walls that support the portico above. The excavations also exposed various construction techniques used in the brick masonry walls and columns which are...

  • John Drayton’s Garden House: An Archaeological and Architectural Examination of a Gentleman’s Retreat in the Context of the Anglo-Palladian Movement in Colonial South Carolina. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Carter C. Hudgins.

    Drayton Hall c. 1738 is widely regarded as the first fully executed example of Palladian domestic architecture in Colonial America.  Located 12 miles from the colonial capital of Charles Towne,  SC, the property was conceived as a gentleman’s country estate situated at the center of a network of commercial plantations totaling more than 100,000 acres.  Drawing on recent historical and archaeological examinations, this paper will examine the design and orientation of John Drayton’s garden house...

  • ‘no bastan los indios’ – the Chapel of Mission San Juan de Capistrano (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kevin Coffee.

    This study investigates the chapel of Mission San Juan de Capistrano [San Antonio] from C18 through C20, and queries social relationships ranging from the initial organization by the Franciscans, their interactions with indigenous groups, the secularisation of the missions in early C19, neglect following secularisation, and reclamation by the Catholic diocese and the National Park Service. Two periods are of interest. One is the founding relationship between the Franciscans and the indios...

  • Transformations of the native elite in post-medieval Ireland: an archaeological perspective (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew Tierney.

    Narratives of Ireland’s past are often dominated by simplistic binary oppositions between native and newcomer, English and Irish, Catholic and Protestant, which serve to disguise the social and ethnic complexity of post-medieval Irish society. Accordingly, the ‘big house’ functions, perhaps too conveniently, as the material embodiment of colonial privilege, working as a simple and stark counterpoint to the ‘thatched cottage’ of humble native tradition. This paper interrogates such divisions by...

  • "We liked the Ladies’ little double bed": Queer Pilgrimage and the Heritage House (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Alison Oram.

    Particular heritage houses have long been associated with prominent figures who have been claimed for queer history. Plas Newydd, Llangollen, the home of the Ladies of Llangollen, for example, drew admiring and fascinated visitors during their own lifetimes and since, many of whom were keen to replicate or fantasise about a similar romantic friendship or sexual relationship (depending on their interpretation of its nature). Changing attitudes to same-sex love in recent decades raise a new set of...

  • White Privilege and the Archaeology of Accountability on Long Island (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Meg Gorsline.

    Dating to ca. 1660 and occupied for several generations by a locally prominent family, the Brewster House is revered as the oldest home in a Long Island town keen on memorializing history.  An archaeology of accountability reveals another side of the story, one that destabilizes complacent expectations and sanitized interpretations of white middle class homes.  Working from Bernbeck and Pollock’s (2007) premise that historical archaeologists must uncover the disturbing parts of history along...