THE ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
PRESENTS ITS FIRST FALL LECTURE OF 2019
The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts is pleased to announce their first 2019 fall lecture in their series: "The Influence of the Italian Peninsula on American Architecture" given by Bob McCarroll.
In ancient times, the Romans borrowed ideas from Greece and created their own architectural style. The 15th century, the Renaissance period, brought a renewed interest in the architecture of ancient Rome. Ancient Rome and the Italian Renaissance gave Italy a rich architectural heritage that influenced building design around the world. Italy's Romanesque style with rounded arches and carved portals became the dominant fashion for churches and other important buildings throughout Europe—and also the United States.
The Italian style strove to embody the free-spirit and luxuriousness of the Renaissance. We can see much of that in many of Springfield’s older homes and buildings.
Bob McCarroll holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University. Between 1972 and 2002, he worked in the Springfield Planning Department with historic preservation as one of his responsibilities. Now retired, Bob served for 11 years on the Springfield Historical Commission and continues to serve on the board of the Springfield Preservation Trust, the city’s only nonprofit preservation organization. He is a 42-year resident of the Mattoon Street Historic District and coordinates the annual Mattoon Street Arts Festival, the region’s oldest arts and crafts show.
The presentation will begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 15 at the Italian Cultural Center located at 56 Margaret Street, Springfield. There is an admission charge of $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members. Complimentary refreshments will be served.