I hope some of my readers can make it. It should be interesting.
“The Gibson House and 19th Century Building Technology“.
Gibson House Museum Executive Director Charles Swift is the featured speaker at a program hosted by the Gibson House Museum on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Swift will talk about the evolution of building technology in the Back Bay from 1859 to the present, using the Gibson House Museum as a case study. The Gibson House has essentially been preserved as it appeared during three generations of Gibson family occupancy (1859-1954). It can be considered a sophisticated mid-nineteenth-century “machine for living”. Through the years, as building technology advanced, the Gibson family either replaced or retrofitted systems, often abandoning older systems in
place. This “system layering” reveals the sequence of advancing building technology in everyday domestic life at the Gibson House.
5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program. Wednesday, February 11, 2009.
Sponsored by THE GIBSON HOUSE MUSEUM. 137 Beacon Street. Members: free,
Non-members: $5. For information: RSVP. 617 267-6338 or
[email protected] Space is limited.