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Naked in Public: the Victorian era architecture of Warren H. Williams

Old Church
1422 S.W. 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201 (map)



“Naked in Public” Lecture Exposes Surprising Side of Victorian Era through Works of Renowned Architect

At a time when many Portland streets were still a sea of mud, architect Warren H. Williams brought masterful building design to the city. Williams’ best-known surviving work is the 1883 icon known as The Old Church located in downtown Portland. Research historian Eileen Fitzsimons offers an insightful presentation on the less-recognized aspects of the Victorian age in her lecture, “Naked in Public: The Victorian era architecture of Warren H. Williams” at The Old Church on June 12 at 7 p.m.

Fitzsimons, who has spent 30 years researching Williams and influences on his architectural style, says that his buildings tell us about the people of the time, how they viewed their surroundings and the era they lived in. “We think of people from the Victorian age as modest, genteel – even stuffy, but their buildings reveal another side of their character: one of opulence and a flair for the flamboyant,” she explains.

“Naked in Public” is the program event for the Old Church Annual Meeting. Appetizers will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Dessert and coffee will follow. Admission is free and open to the public.