Christopher Glass, author of “Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses,” will be the featured speaker at the Thomaston Historical Society’s program Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Knox Farmhouse, 80 Knox St. The evening will begin with refreshments at 7 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting at 7:30 p.m. and Glass’ presentation at 7:40 p.m. His talk is free and open to the public.

Glass will chronicle how Mainer’s attitudes have evolved over time regarding what their houses should look like, illustrating his talk with an emphasis on homes in the immediate Midcoast area.

“Maine’s houses reflect the cultural history of not just Maine, but of western civilization. In my book, I tried to answer the question ‘what were they thinking?’ when they set out to build a house in the latest fashion,” Glass said.

THS Vice President Carol Achterhof said a large turnout was expected as “All of us in Thomaston are extremely interested in the architectural history of this area, particularly the old houses in our town.”

Glass is an architect practicing in Camden since 1974. His practice has consisted primarily of new houses and renovations to existing ones, along with historic preservation and small commercial and church projects. He is the former architect member and chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and former president of Maine Preservation; and has received awards from both organizations.

Glass taught architectural design at Bowdoin College for 10 years and has lectured widely.  He is the author of “At Home in Maine: Houses Designed to Fit the Land” (Down East Books 2005), “Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses” (Down East Books 2009) and articles for the Nexus Journal of Architecture and Mathematics. Glass grew up in Washington, D.C., and has a degree in philosophy from Haverford College; and his master of architecture degree from Yale University.

Incorporated in 1971, the Thomaston Historical Society was organized to collect, promote and preserve material that illustrates the history of Thomaston and to make it accessible for those who wish to study it. The Society maintains and operates a museum of local artifacts at its headquarters, the Knox Farmhouse, the last remaining building from the original 18th century General Henry Knox estate.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.