Nantucket—home to the great global whaling fleet of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century-retains one of the finest assemblages of American architecture. Its economic success, during the Federal and Greek Revival periods, created an opportunity for extreme wealth that rapidly declined with the end of the whale-oil industry in the 1850s. Today this rich past is reflected in the preserved town, its public buildings, residential interiors, historic sites and streetscapes-that together provide an ideal classroom to rediscover this golden age.
The program will include behind-the-scene tours of the island’s private homes, gardens and public spaces, and feature lectures by leading architectural historians, preservationists, and museum curators. A sampling of national experts will be featured including: Paul Goldberger, architectural critic/educator and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and recipient of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism; Peter Kenny, co-president, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and former curator of the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum; and Catherine Zipf, research scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and visiting associate professor School of Art, Architecture and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University. A host of local historians, architects and preservationists will discuss island trends and lead tours of various projects and properties.
Please note: the three-day event will be hosted at several different venues. Not all locations are handicap accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.