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January 23, 2015

Gwendolyn Wright Visit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 6 PM
Houston Public Library
Julia Ideson Building
550 McKinney | Houston, 77002

"A Legacy of Modern Realities and Imaginaries"

Certain broad architectural and urbanization shifts have defined American cities during the 20th century: urban regulations v. a free-market, diverse new housing prototypes and residential separations, commercial branding, modern infrastructure improvements, design that takes account of particular natural environments. The talk will explore how Houston fits into these patterns and where its distinctive patterns deviated from them. 

Professor Gwendolyn Wright focuses on American architecture and urbanism from the late-nineteenth century to present day. She was the first woman to receive tenure at GSAPP and also works with the history and art history departments. Since 2003, Professor Wright has hosted the popular PBS television series, "History Detectives."

Parking is available at the Houston Public Library garage, accessible from the Lamar St. side of the building. Free street parking is also available after 6:00 p.m.

RSVP is appreciated but not required. Contact: George Worthington at

American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter
Architecture for Humanity Houston
Harris County Historical Commission
The Heritage Society

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