of Homewood House
Come learn the art and mystery of old-fashioned craftsmanship at the "19th-Century Building Trades Fair," Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn at Homewood House, located at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
The trades fair will kick off Building Homewood: Vision for a Villa, a new exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of the construction of Homewood House. Open through Dec. 29, the exhibit will reveal how Homewood was designed and built, how the house was used, and the integral relationship between the building and its landscape.
Visitors to the trades fair will be encouraged to try their hand at brick making, faux finishing, blacksmithing, making cedar shakes, shaping quarried stone, and the formation of columns. Admission to the trades fair is free, but for $5, adults and children 10 and older may apprentice themselves to a craftsman for a half-hour, hands-on learning experience. Craftsmen who will be demonstrating their historic trades include:
Henry Cersley, who has restored masonry for Monticello and Homewood House. Cersley will demonstrate historic brick making and three types of brick bonds Flemish, English and running bonds.
Tom Haas, door and sash maker and an interpretive craftsman for the Daniel Boone Homestead. Haas will show the use of planes and chisels in the creation of decorative woodwork.
Ornamental plasterers from Hayles & Howe Inc. Their award-winning restoration work can be seen at Buckingham Palace, the Warner Theatre and the Maryland Club. The plasterers will show techniques used in the production of plaster moldings and medallions.
Local architect Sean Mackey. Mackey will introduce the tools used by early 19th- century architects, such as pattern books, quill pens and drafting instruments used to produce building drawings.
Nationally known historic paint and wallpaper authority Chris Ohrstrom. Ohrstrom will demonstrate the hand grinding of pigments and discuss how they were used to make paint.
From 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., three researchers will present the results of their year-long study of the design, construction, and history of Homewood House. Damie Stillman, professor emeritus of American architecture at the University of Delaware, M. Edward Shull, landscape architect and founding member of the Southern Garden History Society, and Bernard Herman, professor of art history at the University of Delaware, will share their findings through a series of slide lectures. Introductory remarks will be made by noted architectural historian Orlando Ridout of the Maryland Historical Trust, and by Ronald Hoffman, director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, a professor of history at the College of William and Mary, and the editor of the Charles Carroll of Carrollton Papers.
On Sept. 28, admission to Building Homewood, the "19th-Century Building Trades Fair," and the lectures is free. After Sept. 28, admission to Building Homewood will be $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students. For more information on any of these events, call 410-516-8639. Visit Homewood House Museum online at . Funding for Building Homewood: Vision for a Villa has been provided in part by the Maryland Humanities Council, the Maryland Historical Trust, the Constellation Energy Group, the Washington Decorative Arts Forum, Ziger Snead Architects, Schamu Machowski Greco Architects, Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and the Wright Family Foundation.
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