AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee Speaker Series w/Margaret Culbertson

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March 18, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Speaker: Margaret Culbertson

Title: Houses by the Book

Date: March 18, 6pm-7pm

$10 General Admission, registration is required


Books, magazines, and catalogues significantly influenced domestic architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Margaret Culbertson will show how homeowners, carpenters, contractors, developers, and architects took advantage of the unprecedented wealth of published designs, and how those design sources can be used today in documenting and restoring historic houses. She will review the many types of design sources and provide case studies of their use in Houston and Texas. After publishing Texas Houses Built by the Book (Texas A&M Press, 1999), she has continued to research the subject.


Margaret Culbertson is the director of the Powell Library, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and project director of Bayou Bend’s William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive. In addition to her book Texas Houses Built by the Book: The Use of Published Designs, 1850-1925 (Texas A&M Press, 1999) she has published articles about historic architecture and design for Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Texas and Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas. Her most recent publication,Waxahachie Architecture Guidebook (TCU Press, 2020), was released in January, 2021.