Architectural historian to discuss local connected farm buildings

PUTNEY-The Landmark Trust USA (LTUSA) invites the community to learn more about one of our region's most distinctive architectural typologies, one that many Northern New Englanders call home: the connected farm building.

On Tues., May 14, at 7:00 p.m., LTUSA will host noted scholar and vernacular architecture historian Thomas C. Hubka to speak on his seminal book Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn. The presentation will take place at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill, and will be livestreamed.

The book, which received the Abbot Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum, has been in continuous publication for 40 years and has become a scholarly and popular standard for New England architectural history and cultural studies.

This engaging talk will highlight the four essential components of the connected farm buildings made by 19th-century New Englanders that stand today as a living expression of a rural culture, offering insights into the people who made them and their agricultural way of life. It will feature numerous local examples as well as The Landmark Trust USA's Amos Brown House.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

"May is Preservation Month, and these special buildings are an important part of our architectural and cultural heritage in Northern New England unique to our region," LTUSA Executive Director Susan McMahon said in a news release. "Whether you live in a connected farm building or have just noticed them while driving along New England back roads, this talk will provide a new appreciation for why they're here and what they say about us as a people."

This program is supported in part by Vermont Humanities with space provided by Next Stage. For more information and to register for the livestream, visit No registration is required to attend in person at Next Stage.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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