ROCKLAND — The Rockland Historic Preservation Commission and The Strand Theatre sponsor a monthly historic architecture scavenger hunt in Rockland. Winners will receive two movie passes for The Strand.

This scavenger hunt is meant to encourage residents to notice the architectural details that add to the historic flavor of Rockland.

The historic architecture and atmosphere of Rockland are economic assets that promote cultural heritage tourism.

Rockland has samples of many important architectural styles.

Capes — often double houses for the working class.

Greek revival – with pediments, pilasters, corner boards, and columns.

Italianate — with towers, brackets under the eaves, and arched windows.

Queen Anne — with towers, turrets, bay windows, carved decorations, and stained glass windows.

Second empire — with Mansard roofs and fancy dormers.

Shingle style — covered with shingles, gambrel roofs, round towers, or round porches.

Bungalows — with broad roofs and porches across the front.

Neoclassical — a bank or school with the entrance in the center of the symmetrical, flat front and classical details such as columns, pilasters, and an elliptical entablature above the door.

Beginning in January, at the start of each month, the Commission will post a photo of an architectural detail and ask readers to identify the address where it can be found and send their answer to

One winner will be chosen from the correct responses and receive two passes to a movie at The Strand Theatre. Instructions on how to participate will be included in each post, but you can start to take notice of the buildings around you now!