If you do not have any plans for tonight, April 15, the American College of the Building Arts will host a wine and cheese reception and book signing of Ingrid Abramovitch’s new book, Restoring a House in the City from 6 to 8 p.m. ACBA trustee, Harriet McDougal, widow to Wheel of Time author, Robert Jordan, will host the garden party at her historic home located at 129 Tradd Street in downtown Charleston, SC.
A former magazine editor at House & Garden and Martha Stewart Living, Abramovitch is a journalist who writes about design and architecture. She has contributed to such publications as the New York Times, Elle Decor, Cookie, the Wall Street Journal, and Departures. The book includes the stories, told in words and photographs, of 21 antique homes in ten cities. The houses range from a Greek Revival townhouse in Charleston to a double-wide brownstone in Troy, NY.
Ingrid Abramovitch will also give a lecture at the American College of the Building Arts on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Old Charleston Jail Campus, located at 21 Magazine Street in downtown Charleston, SC. Her lecture will focus on the craftsmanship that goes into building and restoring old homes and the skills of the artisans who restore them; different approaches to restoration, giving examples from period to modern homes, and tips on when to buy, how to evaluate homes before you buy, how to work with contractors and when to hire architects. Abramovitch will show slides of Low Country renovations (Charleston and Savannah) and a glimpse into what people are doing in other parts of the country. The lecture is free.
Tickets for the Book Signing are $10 per person and can be purchased by calling ACBA at 843-577-5245. You may also purchase tickets at the door. To learn more about the College, visit www.buildingartscollege.us.
The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.