Historic preservationist Wes Haynes will take the audience on a virtual tour of the best and most typical local modern expressions of faith, including works by nationally renowned architects Wallace K. Harrison and Victor Lundy, and by talented regional architects Gustave E. Steinback, Philip Ives, Willis Mills, Joseph Salerno, and Victor Christ-Janer.
Haynes has researched extensively Fairfield County's historic architecture. While preparing a National Historic Landmark designation for Stamford's First Presbyterian ("The Fish") Church, his research revealed the sudden and remarkable transition of local sacred spaces from traditional to modern forms of expression in the decades following World War II. Part of a nationwide building boom of houses of worship triggered by a religious revival and returning veterans, the local development of I-95 and urban renewal fueled the arrival of new churches and synagogues in our rapidly developing suburbs.
Wes also serves as Executive Director of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, a non-profit, member-supported organization committed to the protection and stewardship of Connecticut's largest and most heavily used cultural resource, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a federally designated Scenic Byway. A native of Stamford, Wes' long career in historic preservation has included senior staff positions with the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Preservation League of New York State, and New Jersey Historic Trust. He has worked on the planning and implementing restorations of New York's Central Park, the New York State Capitol in Albany, and Adirondack Great Camps and directed a recently completed survey of 1,500 historic mills for the CT Trust.
*Snow-date January 29th, 7-8p