"Ornament and Identity in the Immigrant-Built Tenements of Boston and New York"
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
33 Shirley Street, Roxbury
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors.
Shirley-Eustis House members and their guests are free.
Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
The Shirley-Eustis House is pleased to present speaker Zachary Violette and "Ornament and Identity in the Immigrant-Built Tenements of Boston and New York (1870-1920)" on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Zachary Violette will examine the ways immigrant tenement builders in Boston and New York used architectural ornament to create meaning in the buildings they built for the poor and the working class at the turn of the 20th-century.
To reformers, the decorated tenements were cheap shams and bad housing as they were making these buildings an important site of contested meaning over questions of taste and property, workmanship and honesty, class, ethnicity, and control of the built environment.
Mr. Violette is a PhD candidate in American and New England Studies at Boston University.
New Exhibit Focusing on Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
This May Lecture Series is linked to a new exhibit by SEHA educator, Mary Concannon, that looks at people and events at and around The Shirley-Eustis House and Roxbury during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These stories have never been told, their lives never explored, and the culture of the period never examined in the history of the Shirley-Eustis House Association. Now, however, as part of the Association's 2013 Centennial Year, insights into the lives of Boston and Roxbury immigrants are ready to be shared.
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The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, MA, built in 1747 for Royal Governor William Shirley, was once a sprawling estate of 33 acres. It continues to sit majestically in Roxbury surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic fruit orchards and remains the most imposing and best preserved of the four standing colonial governors' homes in the United States.
Patricia Violette, M.S. Ed
33 Shirley Street
Boston, MA 02119