On Monday evening, February 27, Majda Kallab Whitaker will speak about Dudley Van Antwerp (1867-1934), one of Montclair-Glen Ridge’s most prominent and prolific early twentieth century architects. His work deserves attention both for the great number of homes he designed and the individual interpretation of the Arts & Crafts style he developed working alongside his wife Hilda Fenn Van Antwerp, the daughter of noted Montclair artist and illustrator Harry Fenn (1837-1911). Ms. Whitaker will present highlights of the more than one hundred Van Antwerp homes she has identified thus far and discuss the Fenn family influences. She will explore Van Antwerp’s versatility, sense of proportion, graceful detailing and use of both traditional and modern materials, qualities that distinguish his work and make the homes he designed an important asset to the region.
Ms. Whitaker, an independent scholar and curatorial consultant, is a graduate of Bard Graduate Center and Vassar College who lectures on subjects related to late nineteenth and early twentieth century cultural and design history.
The program will begin at 7:30 in the Ridgewood Avenue Train Station. It is open to the public free of charge. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.