Springfield Museums Events November

Museums à la Carte Lecture

Museums à la Carte Lecture

November 14th, 12:15 pm

General Museum Event

Henry A. Sykes: A Connecticut Architect Working in the Pioneer Valley
David H. Hosford, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

This illustrated presentation highlights the career of Henry Alexander Sykes, an important mid-nineteenth century New England architect. Responsive to changing fashion in the pre-civil war era, his surviving work encompasses fine examples of both Greek and Gothic revival buildings, as well as others influenced by the octagon movement and popular Italianate style. Sykes was a lifelong resident of Suffield, Connecticut but also had important ties to Springfield where he first opened an office in 1840. Apparently his early work in the city consisted of commercial structures and housing for a rapidly growing population, all of which have long since disappeared or are impossible to identify. Two major and later projects—the Tiffany-Bowles house and expanded Hampden County courthouse—have also been demolished, but the Mills-Stebbins house on Crescent Hill still survives and is now a registered national landmark. As well, unique designs for two early science buildings and a library can be found at Amherst College, and a scattering of other interesting buildings are located in Greenfield, the Berkshire hill town of New Marlborough, and of course in Suffield itself.

$2 members; $4 nonmembers

Davis Auditorium, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and beverage are provided.

Sponsored by Big Y

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