Designing Distinction: "Comfort and Enlightenment" in the Gilded Age Bath-Room
Wrapping up my year as Research Fellow with The Preservation Society of Newport County, this lecture will serve as a final presentation of my research and findings on the topic of Gilded Age bathrooms. What is the Gilded Age bathroom? How is it arranged and decorated? Who designs it? Who gets to use it, and when? How does it relate to other, historical bathing spaces and practices? And, finally, why does it matter? Focusing on mansion houses in New York and Newport, this presentation will expand the interpretation of 'comfort and convenience' in the technologically modern American house by considering the added element of 'enlightenment' in the development of a luxury bathroom type.
Register here (free for PSNC members and $5 for non-members).