Academy of Lifelong Learning


Bayly Janson-LaPalme


Mondays, January 30 – March 6 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:45 pm

Lecture with images


From the earliest settlements, North America has produced regionally distinctive architecture. Say “New England” or “Louisiana” or “Southwest” and particular images leap to the mind. The Tidewater areas of Maryland and Virginia also developed styles of their own that are still being built today. Say “colonial” and most likely it is a Tidewater house, humble or grand, that exemplifies the term. From the 17th century on, some of this country’s finest examples of architectural styles have had their origin or first became popular in the Tidewater area. Here we will largely examine rural areas and smaller cities and towns, and while this survey concentrates on the late 17th to the mid-20th centuries, adaptation of popular styles to the Tidewater landscape is ongoing.


BAYLY JANSON-LAPALME, PhD, is a veteran WC-ALL faculty member and Professor Emerita of History, Catonsville Community College. She has advanced degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland. She is a specialist in Maryland history and American architecture, and has published five books and 13 articles relating to Maryland history, mostly focused on 19th century social and economic topics.