DeKalb History Center to present Lunch & Learn: Restoration of the Smith-Benning House

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DECATUR, GA – The DeKalb History Center will present a Lunch & Learn entitled “Restoration of the Smith-Benning House” on Tuesday, April 26, noon to 1 p.m., at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court St., Decatur.

In this presentation, author Robert M. Craig, reviews the 21st century restoration of the Smith-Benning House with an emphasis on the competing preservation philosophies determining the “proper” way to restore a historic home. In the restoration process, is it preferable to introduce obviously non-historic elements or install similar historic elements in order to preserve visual compatibility? How can we preserve the context and compatibility of a historic place without worrying about faking history?

The presentation includes before and after pictures of the Smith-Benning House restoration, along with details of the influences that informed new construction, particularly the new kitchen, located at the rear of the house.

Craig, author of Georgia Tech, Campus Architecture, is a professor emeritus of Georgia Tech’s architecture school. He taught the history of architecture there from 1973 to 2011.

The Lunch & Learn is free to attend. Bring your lunch. The program will be held at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse on the 2nd floor.

The presentation will be recorded and later made available to the public via the DeKalb History Center YouTube channel.

Photo provided by the DeKalb History Center.

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