Historic Barns/Modern Farms with Architect Charlotte Hitchcock

February 11, 2016

barns1The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series continues its eighth season with Architect Charlotte Hitchcock presenting: “Historic Barns / Modern Farms” on Friday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

Architect Charlotte Hitchcock helped pioneer a survey of historic barns beginning in 2005 with the goal of finding and documenting barns around the state, which were thought of as endangered relics of a vanished way of life. They discovered that farming in Connecticut is alive and well in this time of local food movements. And historic barns are an integral part of the trend. This illustrated talk will draw on Charlotte’s experience with Historic Barns of Connecticut, a project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation made possible by support from the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, and funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut. Charlotte will focus on barns that are in use on working farms – dairy and egg farms, grass-fed beef, and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms growing vegetables and fruits.

Charlotte Hitchcock is recently retired from her job with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation after working at the state-wide non-profit preservation organization since 2009. During two years as a volunteer and six years on the staff, she visited most of the 169 towns and many of the smaller village centers in Connecticut in search of barns and other historic places.  Charlotte has worked in various roles as an architect, parent, high school teacher, and architectural historian. She has earned degrees in art history, architecture, and mathematics education. She lives in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven, in a 104-year-old Craftsman cottage.

This program is free and open to the public though advance registration is highly recommended for this event; please call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560. The Essex Town Hall is located at 29 West Avenue in Essex.

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