Gems of Arts & Crafts Architecture in Arlington: A Walking Tour
Richard A. Duffy, Arlington Historical Society
May 22, 2017 2:00 – 3:30
This is a free walk, limited to 22 participants. A second tour may be scheduled if there is sufficient interest. Meeting place will be sent to registered participants. Although covering some hilly terrain, the walk is on paved surfaces and moves at a comfortable pace for almost all walkers.
The Arts and Crafts movement blossomed in Boston at the end of the 19th century and encompassed many aspects of the visual and practical arts, including residential architecture, into the 1920s. This free walking tour will be offered as one of the 2017 Freedom’s Way “Hidden Treasures” month-long series of events, which encourages communities in the heritage area to discover exciting and unexpected stories and places that are “hidden in plain sight.”
“The pictured house is what many people would visualize as an Arts and Crafts architecture, and indeed it’s a superb example we’ll see,” says Duffy. “But there are many fine homes in Arlington that embody the principles of the Arts and Crafts design movement, in ways that only emerge in a studied viewing. We’re fortunate to have a group of such homes–some designed by Arlington architects–located in an area that lends itself to a perfect spring walking tour route.”
Richard Duffy is a popular author and lecturer on a wide variety of local and regional history topics. For over 15 years, he had been leading walking tours that showcase the unexpected, and has made guest appearances on the PBS series “This Old House” on topics ranging from architectural history to long-vanished industries.