Calder Loth Lecture followed by Dinner at The Branch House
December 7th, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Tour Beulah Gould Branch’s Bedroom, Hear Calder Loth Speak on The Adam Style and Influence at The Branch House, Enjoy a Buffet Dinner in the Branch House Long Gallery!
Join us for a lecture by Calder Loth and buffet dinner to benefit the restoration of the Adam Board Room at The Branch House. Calder Loth, retired Senior Architectural Historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will speak on the architecture of the Branch house, a Tudor Revival monument with an important Adam-Style room. He will talk about steps being taken to restore the Adam Board Room to its former glory.
The Branch House at 2501 Monument Avenue was completed in 1919, as a 27,000-square-foot residence featuring eleven levels. Architect John Russell Pope designed this Tudor-Revival home for prominent financier John Kerr Branch and his wife Beulah, and it provided ample space for displaying the Branch family’s extensive collection of European tapestries, textiles, and furnishings. Today, it houses The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.
The Adam Room, which was Beulah Branch’s Bedroom, is one of The Branch House’s most significant rooms, designed in the style of 18th century Scottish architects and brothers, Robert and James Adam. Their distinctive “Adam Style” sought to simplify heavy baroque and rococo styles and bring a lighter and more elegant feel to the homes they designed. The Adam style enjoyed a 20th century revival and it inspired one of the Branch House’s most beautiful rooms, Beulah Branch’s Bedroom.
Calder Loth (University of Virginia, BARH, MARH) is the retired Senior Architectural Historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources where he served for 42 years. This month he was recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service. In 2008, he was the first recipient of the Secretary of the Interior’s Preservation Award for service to state preservation programs. In 2010 the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (where he continues to teach) honored Loth with the Board of Directors Honor Award.
Mr. Loth serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Virginia Art and Architectural Review Board, and the University of Virginia Preservation Advisory Committee. His publications include The Only Proper Style: Gothic Architecture in America 1976), Virginia Landmarks of Black History (1995), and The Virginia Landmarks Register (1986 and 1999 editions). He served as a co-curator of the 2010 exhibition Palladio and his Legacy, A Transatlantic Journey, at New York’s Pierpont Morgan Library.
Join us for a wonderful evening in this beautiful house! $60 per person; includes dinner and lecture. Space is limited and advance registration is required: click here to register.