Aaron Helfand ’01 on the History and Teaching of Architecture at Deerfield

Architect Aaron Helfand ’01 was recently published in Period Homes magazine in an article titled “Learning From Deerfield, Massachussetts’ Historic Architecture”. Helfand covers the the history and architecture of Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Academy campus, and then examines the impact of this history on DA students and the school’s growing architecture program.

“Perhaps the most lasting impact of the town’s historic houses, though, is on the students at the Academy, whose daily life is shaped by the architecture of the town and school. As Deerfield’s boarding population grew through the early 20th century, many were assigned rooms in the village’s old houses, giving students from across the country an authentic New England home away from home. It is indicative of the importance Boyden attached to this image of domesticity that he adopted a particularly fine 18th-century door surround as the school’s official emblem.”

Read the rest of the article here.

(Photo from period-homes.com.)

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