Architectural historian Christopher Glass will present an illustrated talk on “From Stone to Iron: The Architecture of Nineteenth Century Paris” on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

“Paris began the nineteenth century seeking political glory through Napoleon,” said Glass in a news release. “After his defeat, the country turned to making itself the world leader of civilized culture. The arts, music, literature all were celebrated. Civic architecture was part of this program. We will see how Paris was transformed from a city of stone churches and palaces to one of boulevards and libraries, railway stations and the metro, creating world models and advanced structures.”

The library is having a week-long celebration of Paris of 1900, beginning with “Moulin Rouge” on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and including Christopher Glass’s illustrated lecture “From Stone to Iron: The Architecture of Nineteenth Century Paris” and David McCullough’s lecture on “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Glass is a practicing architect with a masters degree in architecture from Yale University, and has practiced in Maine since 1974 and also taught architectural design at Bowdoin College. He is a former chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and is currently vice president of the organization Maine Preservation.