Event Center in Hermann, MOWhat: GCHS Speaker Series #3, Gasconade County Furniture: Knowns and Unknowns
When: August 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Where: Festhalle, Inn at Hermannhof, 237 First Street, Hermann, MO
Cost: $6 GCHS members, $8 Non-members

The Inn at Hermannhof is very pleased to welcome the third installment of the Gasconade County Historical Society’s Speaker Series 2012 at our Event Center in Hermann, MO on Friday, August 3rd.  This event begins at 7:30 pm and will feature renowned architect Laurent Torno Jr. discussing the origin of furniture used by the early settlers of Gasconade County.

We are particularly excited because not only is Mr. Torno an excellent source of knowledge on this topic, but he also served as the consulting architect for the historic rehabilitation of our Hermann, Missouri Inn!  We are delighted to have him back in town to share his knowledge of the furniture and furniture makers of Gasconade County with folks attending the Speaker Series.

Historic preservation and other significant projects:

  • Corporate office of Hager Hinge Company, circa 1864, St. Louis, MO
  • Restoration of Hard Scrabble, the log residence of Pres. Ulysses S. Grant, St. Louis County, MO
  • Tower Grove House at the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO
  • Boat House (restaurant) in Forest Park, St. Louis MO  (well-known project, although not historic renovation)
  • European and American Period Rooms and Antiquities Exhibit cases at The St. Louis Art Museum
  • Mark Twain Museum, Hannibal, MO
  • Inn at Hermannhof, Festhalle, Hermann, MO (project received 2009 St. Louis Home Design Award)

Torno is an expert in historic preservation, and a frequent lecturer on Missouri tools and toolmakers and American Decorative Arts and Furniture, with a special interest in the German American traditions in Missouri.

He was a founding member of the Acanthus Society of St. Louis and contributor of articles to Early American Industries Association and Midwest Tool Collector’s Association.  Torno is a past Director of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Friends of the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri Historical Society, Tools and Trades History Society (England), Society for the History of Technology and Society of Architectural Historians.

Those attending this educational event at the Festhalle will be surrounded by some of the finest examples of early Missouri furnishings in the state.  Some of these historic furniture pieces that grace the fireplace room are featured in the definitive book by Charles van Ravenswaay “The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri:  A Survey of a Vanishing Culture.” The book will be available for purchase at the Festhalle.  The noteworthy wardrobes, step back cupboards, and other incredible furnishings being discussed all have local Missouri provenance.

Torno will be on hand to discuss the collection and to answer questions.  The event is sponsored by the Gasconade County Historical Society and part of their speaker series offered each year. For more information visit the Gasconade County Historical Society Website.

Email for more information.

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