Join us for an evening of fun and discovery to kick off the holiday season. We have lined up a noted author and expert on western-influenced architecture in Shanghai, Tess Johnston. Tess conducted tours as a part of the World Congress held in Shanghai in 2015 and gave a lecture to a sellout crowd of the New York Art Deco Society last year. Tess has repatriated back to the States and her home her in Washington and she has graciously agreed to be our speaker for this evening event.
The illustrated lecture will be held...
When: Tuesday evening, December 13th
Reception with light fare: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Illustrated lecture: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St., NW, Washington, DC
We have secured the Church's Community Room for the evening. It is a very nice facility regularly used by outside groups, including the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. The site is convenient to Metro and there is reasonably priced garage parking nearby.
Metro: The Church is a short walk from the Gallery Place / China Town Metro Station served by the Red, Yellow & Green Lines.
Parking: There is paid parking in the garage off of G Place on the back side of the building. There is an evening rate of $10 that is good from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm closing.
A Bit More about the Speaker
Tess Johnston first came to Shanghai in 1981 to work at the American Consulate General and in 1996, after over thirty years in the diplomatic service, she retired and stayed on to research, write, and lecture. She and her co-author, Shanghai photographer Deke Erh, have published 25 books, including fifteen volumes on Western architecture and the expatriate experience in old China.
Tess's original interest in Art Deco architecture expanded exponentially after viewing the myriad and stunning buildings of Bombay and Shanghai. Her research combined with the splendid photographs of her co-author Deke Erh then evolved in 2006 into a coffee-table volume, Shanghai Art Deco, which rapidly sold out and is now a collector's item. Their final joint effort completed the series of their twenty-plus books, the major volumes covering Western architecture and lifestyles in old China.
Tess is a native of Virginia and her academic background includes an M.A. from the University of Virginia, where she subsequently taught. She has lived abroad for more than half a century, including seven years in Germany (both east and west) and more than 40 in Asia, including 33 in Shanghai and seven in Vietnam (1967-74).
Thanks to her extensive library of old books and historical documents, Tess also serves as a consultant on matters pertaining to the Western presence in old Shanghai. She is also a valuable research resource for visiting scholars and former residents seeking to trace their Shanghai roots. Now back in Washington, DC, Tess continues her research, writing, lecturing and, we hope, a friend and ADSW.