Architecture is one of the most important reflections of happenings, places & cultures of the world now, the world 100 years ago, the world 1,000 years ago. Our built environment broadcasts the news of all aspects of our culture- the technology, the natural & the created resources, the geography, the popular aesthetic & even the customs of the period.
Our country was built using the local, natural resources. As the railroads spread across the continent, the possibilities expanded & cities boomed. Factories were erected that drew workers from the farms & even other countries. Conversely, wars slowed building, robbing materials & workers to send to the battlefield & in other countries, conflicts destroyed whole cities. Economic downturns stopped progress & contributed to cities’ decay.
As my physical therapist says, “The everything is connected to the everything,” thus, to fully understand architecture, we must have some knowledge of history, both the history of guns & treaties & what I like to call “grits & garters” history, more akin to cultural anthropology.
In this section, we look at the world events of the period in which most of our homes were constructed.
LET’S REVIEW THE EVENTS OF THE WORLD 100 YEARS AGO
The Early 20th Century in America – 1910 – 1919 – Reel I
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America during the teens. You will be taken instantly to Reel 2 at the end of this film.
What was life like in 1920’s America?
The Roaring Twenties- America becomes a consumer society.
American History: Focus on the 1930’s – Reel 1 (24:24)
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The Jazz Age is over & the New Deal begins. Reel 2 plays automatically at the end of part 1.
History Brief: The Rise of the Automobile
Reading Through History
There is no history of America that is complete without the story of the automobile & our national highway system.
Understanding the happenings of the world 100 years ago. can give you insight to the features of your bungalow & better connect you with its original owners. If you should want to know more about them, click here to learn how to research your home’s history.
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