The Chrysler Museum of Art’s Friends of Historic Houses introduce their new annual lecture series with a talk on federalist architecture in Virginia by historian Richard Guy Wilson on Feb. 26.
Wilson will present “Creating an Architecture for the Young Republic: The Moses Myers House, the Virginia State Capitol, and Monticello” from 2–3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Kaufman Theater at the Museum. The lecture will be preceded by a 1 p.m. reception sponsored by the Friends of the Historic Houses. Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
Wilson, the Commonwealth Professor in Architectural History at The University of Virginia, has researched and written about American architecture from the 18th to the 21st centuries. He has authored, co-authored or edited more than a dozen books and has served as an advisor and commentator for television programs on PBS, C-SPAN, History Channel and A&E. He is one of the leading experts in the architectural work of Thomas Jefferson, and published a book in 2012 about Edith Wharton’s life at The Mount.
As a frequent collaborator with museums, Wilson has been curator and author for major museum exhibitions such as “The American Renaissance: 1876–1917,” “The Art that is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America,” “The Machine Age in America, 1918–1941” and “The Making of Virginia Architecture.”
Wilson’s lecture will include the Moses Myers House, located at 325 E. Freemason Street in Norfolk. The historic house was one of the first brick homes built in Norfolk after the Revolutionary War. Home to Norfolk’s most prominent early Jewish residents, it is one of the city’s oldest remaining buildings. The house-museum contains a remarkable number of original furnishings and artworks, including Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of 19th-century merchant Moses Myers and his wife, Eliza.
The Friends of Historic Houses’ lecture will occur annually. As an affinity group at the Chrysler, FHH promotes community support for and interest in the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House. By helping to create and execute special projects and events, these friends encourage collections conservation, research and building preservation. Any Chrysler Museum Member may join FHH for free.