Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust Hosts Spring Lecture Series

Contact: Pattye Benson (610) 644-6759Jim Garrison Stone Houses

Author Jim Garrison to Present Lecture on

The Stone Houses  of R. Brognard Okie

Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm at Jenkins Arboretum

TREDYFFRIN, PA—The Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust launches its spring lecture series with an evening lecture on the stone houses of eminent local residential architect R. Brognard Okie on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 pm at Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road in Devon, PA.

 The program includes a lecture by Jim Garrison, noted architect and author of Stone Houses: Traditional Homes of R. Brognard Okie. Along with the lecture, there will be a reception and guided tours of an Okie house exterior located on the grounds of the arboretum. Copies of Mr. Garrison’s book will be available for signing by the author. The books are priced at $55 (cash or check only). A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Trust. Price of the lecture is $15.

 “Our opening lecture provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a spring evening and explore the grounds of the arboretum. We chose to hold the lecture at Jenkins, rather than our Duportail House venue, to give people the opportunity to see the Okie house, while attending Jim’s lecture,” notes Pattye Benson, Trust President and Chair of its Historic House Tour. 

 “The Colonial-revival style homes of R. Brognard Okie not only are part of our local historic and cultural heritage, they made a significant and lasting impact on American residential architecture and design,” adds Ms. Benson.

 The Trust will hold its second spring lecture on Wednesday, May 21, at the Duportail House, 297 Adams Drive, Chesterbrook, PA, with a 7 pm reception and lecture.  Robert J. Wise will present on the historic and architectural legacies of NC and Andrew Wyeth.

 Mr. Wise, an architectural historian and former chair of the Tredyffrin Township Historical and Architectural Review Board, has worked extensively over many years with the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art in securing for its properties the highest recognition as National Historic Landmarks.

 For reservations or more information, please contact THPT by telephone at 610-647-1051 or by e-mail at

 About the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust

Founded in 2001, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in response to the threat to demolish the historic 18th Century Jones Log Barn. The Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect historic and cultural resources in Tredyffrin Township for the benefit of present and future generations and to educate the public about the preservation and protection of historic cultural settings. The Trust meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Tredyffrin Township Building.  Information on the Trust and its activities are available at its website:


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