The Italian Cultural Center
of Western Massachusetts, Inc.

Italian Lecture Series

Italian Lecture Series

Italian architectural influences are everywhere in the United States, even in Springfield—the Victorian Italianate house that is now a funeral home, the Renaissance Revival post office, the Neoclassical city hall.

In ancient times, the Romans borrowed ideas from Greece and created their own architectural style. The 15th century, the Renaissance period, brought a renewed interest in the architecture of ancient Rome. Ancient Rome and the Italian Renaissance gave Italy a rich architectural heritage that influenced building design around the world. Italy's Romanesque style with rounded arches and carved portals became the dominant fashion for churches and other important buildings throughout Europe—and also the United States.

The Italian style strove to embody the free-spirit and luxuriousness of the Renaissance. We can see much of that in many of Springfield’s older homes and buildings.

Please join us with Bob McCarroll who will share his knowledge of the Italian influence on the many buildings in Springfield.

Bob McCarroll holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University. Between 1972 and 2002, he worked in the Springfield Planning Department with historic preservation as one of his responsibilities. Now retired, Bob served for 11 years on the Springfield Historical Commission and continues to serve on the board of the Springfield Preservation Trust, the city’s only nonprofit preservation organization. He is a 42-year resident of the Mattoon Street Historic District and coordinates the annual Mattoon Street Arts Festival, the region’s oldest arts and crafts show.

When: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Doors Open at 1:30 Lecture Begins at 2:00
Where: Italian Cultural Center 56 Margaret St, Springfield, MA
Suggested Donation: $5 Members, $7 Non-Members 

Complimentary Refreshments will be served

For more information, please call at 413 784-1492
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