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CANCELED: Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required
Free and open to the public

Due to inclement weather, this event has been canceled, and will not be rescheduled.

Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings

James Crawford

James Crawford reveals some of the world's most fascinating lost and ruined buildings, from the dawn of civilization to the cyber era. These iconic structures are the setting for stories of drama and intrigue featuring an diverse array of characters including Gilgamesh, the Cretan Minotaur, Agamemnon, Nefertiti, Genghis Khan, Henry VIII, Catherine the Great, Adolf Hitler, and Bruce Springsteen. Ranging in location from the deserts of Iraq, the banks of the Nile, and the cloud forests of Peru, to the great cities of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, London and New York, Fallen Glory is a unique guide to a world of vanished architecture.

James Crawford works for Scotland's national collection of architecture and archaeology. Born in the Shetlands in 1978, he studied history and philosophy of law at the University of Edinburgh, winning the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize. He has written a number of photographic books, including Above Scotland: The National Collection of Aerial Photography, Victorian Scotland, Scotland's Landscapes, and Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above. In 2013, Crawford Credit Hazel Ferenbachwrote and acted as design consultant on Telling Scotland's Story, a graphic novel guide to Scottish archaeology. He lives in Edinburgh.

The Athenæum houses materials on paper related to Boston’s built environment in its Prints & Photographs Collections, including thirty-two volumes of drawings by Nathaniel J. Bradlee, a prominent Boston architect who designed nearly 500 buildings over a 30-year career and helped found the Boston Society of Architects. Explore the scope of the collection with the digitized finding aid and make an appointment to see selected materials from the Bradlee collection in the Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room.