What Style is My House?

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What Style is My House?

What Style is My House? A three-session class where you will learn to identify house styles in your community.

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Iowa Center for Architecture 400 Locust Street #100 Des Moines, IA 50309

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A post-depression Beaverdale Brick? A 1960s Split Level? A 1920s Four Square? A 1990s Spec Home? A post-war Ranch? What distinguishes one house style from another? Our homes are much more than a roof over our heads! Are you curious to learn the historical context of the house you live in, or to be more conversant about the domestic architecture you pass each day?

This class will cover the residential architecture in the Des Moines area as well as how to identify many different styles of houses. You will tour a Des Moines neighborhood to discover what kinds of homes were built there and why. From Native American dwellings to Levittown, you’ll discover the history of the single family home and learn major trends in residential construction.

Class meets for three sessions: Thursday, February 16 and Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 PM at the Iowa Center for Architecture, 400 Locust St., Suite 100 (Capital Square) in downtown Des Moines. The third session will feature a walking tour on the morning of Sat., Mar. 4, 10:30AM (Mar. 11 in case of inclement weather). Cost is $30. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Instructor Tom Wollan, AIA, holds a Master of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and is a project architect and principal with FRK. He serves on the Board of the Iowa Architectural Foundation and is Co-Chair of Architecture in the Community Committee, leading architectural walking tours of downtown Des Moines for both children and adults.

Questions? Contact Laura Porter, IAF Executive Director, director@iowaarchfoundation.org.