WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm
WHERE: Warkentin Historic House Museum, 211 E 1st St, Newton, KS 67114
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
ABOUT THE EVENT
Mr. Ashworth will discuss the history of balloon framing, a type of home construction that allowed diverse styles of houses, such as Newton’s Italianate home, Ambleside, to flourish during the nineteenth century. Ambleside, built in 1883 and now lovingly restored, is a prime example of what could be accomplished with the new type of framing versus what traditional American timber-framing allowed: plain boxes with peaked rooves.
Mr. Ashworth, author, architect, professor and housewright, will present related photos and drawings along with his talk, some featuring other historic homes in Newton including Warkentin House.
Mr. Ashworth, co-author of We, the House, will also discuss the significance of Ambleside’s preservation to the Newton community and to Kansas at large.
We, the House, is a delightful and engrossing read about the 130 year relationship between an 1878 Italianate house named Ambleside in Newton, KS and an 1830s portrait of a feisty Latin teacher named Mrs. Peale who died young in 1841 but lives on in a portrait by the now-recognized early American painter Ammi Phillips.