SPELLBOUND IN SPITALFIELDS: HAWKSMOOR’S CHRIST CHURCH

By James Kelleher, WPAMC Class of 2020 Fortunately for all of us, buildings don’t melt into air after they’re well studied. They continue to leave an impression on those who encounter them. Sometimes the impressions are shrugged off and easily forgotten, like the corner store or boilerplate apartment complexes. Sometimes, though, a building is [...]

2020-06-26T16:27:20-04:00

THREE HUNDRED YEARS OF SECRETS

By Erin Anderson, WPAMC Class of 2020 One of the oldest desks in Winterthur’s collection is a beautiful walnut slant-front desk in the William and Mary style. Slant-front desks are essentially an evolution of older forms of furniture. Desk boxes, also called “Bible boxes” were semi-portable writing surfaces. These were followed by the desk [...]

2020-01-29T22:23:39-05:00

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: SIGNATURE QUILTS AND THEIR CREATIVE PROCESS

By Emily Whitted, WPAMC Class of 2020 Catching a historical object in a state of incompleteness is rare: it seems counter-intuitive to preserve something that technically isn’t finished, especially when its original maker isn’t around to complete it. When trying to determine which object in Winterthur’s collection I should choose to spend serious quality [...]

2019-12-05T20:28:41-05:00

GOING TO CHURCH: DOCUMENTATION

By Elizabeth Palms, WPAMC Class of 2020 Two Fellows and I took to the drafting boards as part of our elective, Documentation of Historic Structures. Sponsored by the University of Delaware’s Center for Historic Architecture & Design (CHAD), this course afforded my classmates and me the incredible opportunity to conduct architectural history fieldwork once [...]

2019-09-23T20:38:41-04:00

A BAKERY FOR THE MODERN WOMEN OF 1930s WILMINGTON

By Kate Budzyn, WPAMC Class of 2019 In preparation for an upcoming student-curated exhibition on shop interiors at Winterthur, each student researched a set of photographs from the Delaware Historical Society’s collection of historic images of local shop interiors. I was assigned to a gorgeous, Hopper-esque set of 1930s black-and-white images of Federal Bake [...]

2019-08-21T20:03:17-04:00

NATIONAL CYLINDER WELDING GOGGLES

By Elizabeth Humphrey, WPAMC Class of 2019 While browsing the shelves and glass cases at The Annex on Second, I noticed a bright red “National Goggles” box nestled next to mourning pendants, hair-work jewelry, and velvet gloves. Molly, the store’s proprietor, mentioned that she had found the goggles in her grandfather’s workshop. When I [...]

2019-08-21T20:01:57-04:00