Friday, September 2, 2011

Architect Mark Hewitt to Speak at Bernardsville Library

Bernardsville architect Mark Alan Hewitt will talk about his new book, The Vintage House: A Guide to Successful Renovations and Additions at Bernardsville Public Library on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Co-written with Gordon Bock, the book provides a blueprint for renovating in a way that upholds the character and integrity of the original house. A must-have primer for historic preservation–minded homeowners, architects, and designers, it is the first comprehensive guide to achieving truly compatible, stylistically resonant additions and renovations.

Mr. Hewitt is nationally recognized architect and Gordon Bock is a preservation consultant. In the book, they carefully explain the preparations that are fundamental to renovation and intelligent rebuilding—how to work within the existing footprint of a home, blend in additions that “stay in tune,” expand heating and cooling systems discreetly, maintain a “face,” or facade, in keeping with a home’s codified style (be it Colonial, Cape Cod, Tudor, etc.), select authentic materials, and much more.

Mr. Hewitt, FAIA, is an architectural historian and preservation architect who teaches at Rutgers University. His books include The Architect and the American Country House and Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms. [Co-author Mr. Bock was the longtime editor of the Old House Journal. He teaches in the preservation program at Drew University.]

There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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