About Me

A New England resident for most of my life, I am an 'old house' architect. I have worked with over 1200 old houses and their owners over the past 40 years. I have received numerous historic preservation awards for my designs. I now live in Bennington, VT.  

My email is jegriswold@gmail.com.
My website is http://www.janegriswoldradocchia.com. 
You can ask a question  by adding a note under any post on this blog. I will see it and respond. 

I explore the implications of technology on American residential construction from the Revolution to World War I, and the ways in which the Industrial Revolution changed architectural design. My research includes the use of Practical Geometry in design and layout and the ways in which design norms changed with technology.
I lecture and teach Practical Geometry to students and adults using examples in our own communities as well as historic precedents like Palladio and Gothic cathedrals.
In 2014, I presented a session on geometry in construction from 1680 to 1850 for the Timber Framers Guild annual conference. This included the geometry of the Sandown, NH, Meeting House for the TFG bus tour.
In  2015, 2016, and 2017 I presented workshops on "Practical Geometry" - the name used by the pattern book authors - for the International Preservation Trades Network Workshops.  I will present again this fall.

My column on local vernacular architecture, Passing By, was published in the Bennington Banner. I now post the columns in my blog, passingbyjgr.blogspot.com.  I give presentations for local and regional groups.
I am a member of the Bennington Museum Library Publication Committee and a docent for the Open Church program of the Old First Church.

I developed a series of walking tours of North Bennington, based on the 1865 map of  North Bennington. Someday they will be available through Google Maps and the Bennington Historical Society.

Past research includes Original Green Design in the Park-McCullough Carriage House, and the use of local slate for roofs in the Bennington area.

I started writing about vernacular architecture in 1988, when I created a bi-weekly column called Sunday Drive, for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, in North Andover, MA. The series received a Massachusetts Historic Preservation Award.