“Architecture in Arid America” with Troy Ainsworth Aug. 24

August 21, 2019

 The Branigan Cultural Center will host the lecture “Architecture in Arid American” with Troy M. Ainsworth, Ph.D., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. Henry Charles Trost (1860-1933) designed many buildings in the Southwest in an aesthetic manner befitting the region and its Spanish cultural character. Trost understood the intrinsic value of designing comfortable buildings in a warm climate while recognizing the deeply-rooted influences of Spain and Mexico throughout the borderlands. Through his reference to the Southwest as “Arid America,” Trost indicated a strong understanding of climate and culture, and carried forward the long-standing practices of “architecture without architects” in the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts. Learn about this fusion of cultural characters that built the social and cultural landscape around Las Cruces and the remnants that can still be seen today. This lecture is in conjunction with the Branigan Culture Center’s exhibit Preserving Our Stories: The Mesquite Historic District. Troy M. Ainsworth is the Historic Preservation Specialist for the City of Las Cruces. In May 2005, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Land-use Planning, Management, and Design with a specialization in Historic Preservation from Texas Tech University. He has written and presented numerous papers on architectural history of the Southwestern borderlands, the Mexican Revolution, and borderlands history in general. Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free, as is this program. The museum is located at 501 N. Main Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Main Street Museums are accessible by RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 541-2154.

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