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Mount Vernon to host fall porch event Sept. 21
The Mount Vernon – Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) in partnership with the Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Commission will host a full day of education, tours and activities celebrating one of the great features of American home architecture – the porch.
The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees are invited to visit a selection of 10 porches in the historic Ash Park District of Mount Vernon, Iowa. Interactive demonstrations, children’s activities, music and art will be presented throughout the tour at the various stops.
“This is a revival of the highly successful Pleasure of Porches which was held from 1990-1995,” said Ed Sauter co-chair of the planning committee for the event. “More education and activities have been added and, of course, several porches have undergone restoration in the interim.”
For those wanting a more in-depth experience, guided walking tours of the Ash Park District will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
A 90-minute education program will be presented at Mount Vernon’s City Hall, 213 1st Street NW, as part of the event. At 1 p.m., Dr. Richard H. Thomas, Professor of History Emeritus, Cornell College and Member of the Mount Vernon and Linn County Historic Preservation Commissions will present “Come Sit a Spell: The Porch as Decoration and Living Space.” The seminar will take attendees through a survey and history of the domestic porch – its rise as a seemingly universal feature of American Home Architecture, its near disappearance in the Post World War II Era and its resurgence over the last 50 years.
Ed Sauter will discuss porch design and restoration at 1:45 p.m., highlighting the do’s and don’ts of restoration for different styles of Victorian era homes. Examples of things done right – and wrong — will be presented and porch construction will be explained from footing to roof.
Registration for the event is $10. Children 14 and under are free. Registration is available online at www.visitmvl.com or in person at the Mount Vernon Visitors Center, 311 1st Street NW. Wristbands will be distributed the day of the event at the Mount Vernon Visitors Center. Wristbands allow access to all porch tour events and activities. For more information visit www.visitmvl.com or contact Joe Jennison at email@example.com.
- Expanded seminar descriptions -
COME SIT A SPELL: THE PORCH AS DECORATION AND LIVING SPACE
Dr. Richard H. Thomas
Professor of History Emeritus, Cornell College
Member of the Mount Vernon and Linn County Historic Preservation Commissions
A survey and reflection on the history of the domestic porch – its rise as a seemingly universal feature of American Home Architecture and its near disappearance in the Post World War II Era. It became an architectural feature that encouraged specific values much prized by society. The near universal acceptance of some form of patio in the 50 years following WWII symbolized the new urban values of the spreading suburbs. Yet, in the past two decades the porch has returned as an essential feature of the New Urbanism. This illustrated presentation is designed to enrich our understanding of a very familiar visual feature of our past and perhaps, our future.
PORCH DESIGN AND RESTORATION
Sauter Baty Associates
Member of the Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Commission
This seminar will discuss design and the do’s and don’ts of restoration for different styles of Victorian era homes. Examples of things done right – and wrong will be presented and porch construction will be explained from footing to roof. Whether you have an inset, wrap around, one or two-story porch with brackets, ornamental spandrel or a cupid’s key, there will be something for you in this seminar. Many porches on the porch tour will be featured in the seminar.
About Mount Vernon Historic Preservation
The duty of Mount Vernon Historic Preservation is to identify, interpret and protect the historic and archaeological resources of the Mount Vernon community and to encourage historic tourism.
About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.
About Main Street
The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.
About Mount Vernon
Historic Mount Vernon, Iowa, is the home to 4171 residents, including 1200 college students enrolled at Cornell College. Located in Eastern Iowa at the intersection of Highways 30 and 1, 20 miles north of Iowa City and 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids, it boasts a vibrant uptown business community with numerous antique and specialty stores, restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, and three National Historic Districts. Mount Vernon was named one of America’s “10 Coolest Small Towns” by Budget Travel magazine in October of 2009. More information is available at www.visitmvl.com
Main Street and Marketing Director
Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
PO Box 31
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
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