This course, inspired by Wesleyan professor George Creeger’s class of the same name, will explore the architecture and decorative arts of Connecticut from the 17th century to the mid-19th century. Images of Connecticut houses will illustrate the progression of building styles and advancements, beginning with the state’s earliest buildings. By the end of the class, participants will be able to elaborate on an array of historic houses, from the integral saltbox of the 1740s to the imposing Greek Revival of 1830. Participants will have a chance to explore the interiors of Connecticut houses, figuratively “peeking in the windows” to see a heavy oak chest carved with a sunflower motif in a late-17th-century home, for instance, or the delicate, inlaid card table of an 1815 Federal house.
About the instructor: Dione Longley worked in the curatorial department of the Connecticut Historical Society and for two decades was the Middlesex County Historical Society director. In 2015, she and co-author Buck Zaidel published Heroes for All Time, a book about the Civil War from the viewpoints of Connecticut soldiers who fought in the struggle. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.