Lecture Series highlights Orange architectural heritage and landscaping
Architecture and landscaping are the topics of the next installments of The W.H. Stark House Lecture Series, part of the "Orange in Bloom" spring events in Orange. Jay Firsching of ARCHITEXAS will present The White City in Orange: How the World’s Columbian Exposition Changed the Face of American Architecture on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m., and Glenn Schroeter of Antique Rose Emporium will present A New Look at Old Roses on Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. The lectures are open to the public and free of charge at the Lutcher Theater, located at 707 Main Avenue, Orange.

"To have two informative lectures within a week relating to the architectural heritage and landscaping designs prevalent of old Orange-and showcasing that through the years the city of Orange has indeed been in bloom-is a great treat for all audiences," said Patsy Herrington, Director of The W.H. Stark House.

Firsching, a preservation specialist with ARCHITEXAS, will highlight Victorian architecture, the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the change to Beaux Arts style of architecture that resulted from that Expo. The First Presbyterian Church in Orange is constructed in the Beaux Arts style, and it was at the 1893 Expo that Frances Ann Lutcher purchased the first windows for the church, the construction of which she commissioned in 1908.

ARCHITEXAS is a preservation-based architecture firm that is currently providing design services for the restoration of the First Presbyterian Church.  Firsching serves as ARCHITEXAS’ primary researcher and architectural historian, and he assists the firm’s architects in the analysis of historic buildings and sites, and in the development of appropriate approaches to their restoration.

Schroeter’s lecture titled A New Look at Old Roses will provide an examination of antique roses and their heartiness. He will also give tips and insight into growing these types of roses. Those in attendance will also have a chance to win an antique rose during Schroeter’s lecture.

Schroeter is the Production Manager at Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, where he oversees the seven-acre growing fields. Each growing season, he directs the propagation of more than 400 varieties of old garden roses.

Following each lecture, a reception will be held in the Carriage House of The W.H. Stark House, which is located at 610 Main Avenue, Orange, Texas, adjacent to the Stark House.

In addition to the reception on Saturday, April 12, an exhibition of the W.H. Stark family readying for a picnic and a collection of historic photographs of Orange family picnics will be on display throughout the first floor of the W.H. Stark House. The gardens, planted in a cottage style with a variety of "vintage" flowers, including roses, azaleas, and cannas, and the first floor of the Stark House will also be open for visitors at no charge until 4 p.m.

The W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. Tours begin at the entrance through the Carriage House at 610 Main Avenue and are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular admission for a full tour of the House is $5 per adult (ages 18-64) and $2 per seniors ages 65 and older and per youth ages 10-17.

For more information on The W.H. Stark House, or to make a tour reservation, call 409.883.0871, or visit www.whstarkhouse.org.