July 2, 2022

Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Ends With Past Versus Future June 1

The battle between gentrification and historic preservation in developing nations like China will be the topic of the Essex Library’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture by Tom Howorth, June 1st at Essex Town Hall. Pictured here, a Tianjin highrise against traditional, historic Hutongs in China.

The Essex Library’s popular Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series comes to a close with a talk by Tom Howorth FAIA, who’ll speak on “Gentrification Versus Historical Identity” Friday June 1 at 7 p.m., at Essex Town Hall. Especially relevant to towns debating the creation of historic districts, Mr. Howorth will discuss the challenges communities face with the conflict between gentrification and the loss of cultural identity in historic areas.  He will focus on his recent research, conducted over the last two years on behalf of Virginia Technical Institute, using examples from his travels to developing nations including Cuba and China.

Tom Howorth was a founder of Mockbee Coker Howorth Architects in Jackson, Mississippi, which won critical national acclaim for projects that were innovative yet built on the values and culture of established communities.   Many of these communities were in rural areas and often economically depressed.  Mr. Howorth then founded Howorth & Associate Architects, located off the historic courthouse square in Oxford, Mississippi where he continues to design new construction, historic preservation, and residences, that are of our time and that connect our past with the future.

The talk is free and open to all. Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information or to register. Essex Town Hall is at 29 West Avenue.