Learn how to read the features of a building as a multi-layered story and interpret them in a historical and ethnocultural context. Discover documentation from a wide variety of sources that will bring life and identity to your understanding of your four (or more!) walls. Questions we’ll learn how to answer include: How old is that house? Who built it and who lived there subsequently? Who added that wing in the back? Who did that weird thing to the floor, and why? Examples will focus on early vernacular dwellings from the mid-Atlantic region of the US, but the methods discussed can be applied throughout the United States to buildings of residential, ancillary, commercial, or industrial use.