HIST 600 – The House in History (Course materials)

HIST 600 – The House in History

Professor Martha Carlin
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
copyright Martha Carlin 2020, all rights reserved

HIST 600
Weekly discussion materials
Course materials

Course materials



Newly-attributed Frank Lloyd Wright home in Shorewood (2106 E. Newton Ave., built 1918): https://onmilwaukee.com/history/articles/newfranklloydwrighthouse.html

Sydney Combs, with photos by Johnny Miller, “Want to visualize inequality? View cities from above” (National Geographic, 22 March 2019):


VIDEOS (all available online):


Mary Beard: Meet the Romans, episode 2 (59 min.; watch 24:30 – 30:50):

Artist-designed bathrooms in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin:
Quick look (1:00 min.):
Matt Nolen’s Extreme Bathroom (4:24 min.):

Kapoor, Amit. TEDx Talks: The Walled City (15:17 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ew6FZCr128 (Bike it to save your city)

Ap Glyn, Ifor. “The Toilet: An Unspoken History” (BBC, 2012; 58:55 min.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZHm3vkavgM

BBC: Lost Cities of South America, episode 4, Kingdom of the Desert (54:00 min.; see 0:00-6:00, 43:30-52:00)

Chimu 101: National Geographic (2:21 min.):

Donnelly, Michael. Description of grandparents’ tenement in Glasgow [c. 1920s-1930s?]. 4:05 min. https://gridclub.com/scotland/history/the_age_of_revolutions/page69/index.html

“The House on Trubnaya” (Russian, silent film, 1928: watch 2:00-5:00 min. for morning chores in the apartment house)

Early doll houses:

“The Miniaturist: Real-Life History” (about Dutch doll-houses of the 17th century; 7:13 min,):

“Dutch cabinet kitchen” (in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; 3:00 min.):

[Photos only:] “The magical miniature world of antique dollhouses” (from the Netherlands, Germany, France, England, and USA)


Fujian Tulou – Round Houses in South China (9:32 min.; watch to 5:30):

Life in an Enclosed Convent (4:51 min.):

“Miss Toward’s Tenement House.” Description of a Glasgow tenement occupied by Miss Agnes Toward from 1911 until 1965, and preserved today as a museum. https://www.scotiana.com/miss-towards-tenement-house-2/ , with a 3-minute YouTube video at end (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LISZXCsRm_0&feature=youtu.be).

My aunty’s one-room flat in Mumbai, where she has lived for 55 years (2012). 10:56 min.

New York City Tenement Museum tour, with Annie Polland. 14:17 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bymB7tip1KM

Paris apartment of Mme. de Florian, untouched since 1939. 3:10 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GnVyNaYZa4 

Skara Brae neolithic village. 5:32 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de4kOrOaNyI

The Sears Houses (3:15 min.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeQtQUrC_uQ

Worsley, Lucy. “History of the Home” (British domestic life, medieval-present day):

“1. The Living Room” (58:59 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrn42rvTlpk

“2. The Bathroom” (50:22 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXda03iwGvU

“3. The Bedroom” (59:01 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK6mwqw0FqQ

“4. The Kitchen” (58:47 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtC6X7ylmZE

Getting Dressed:

Getting Dressed in the Fourteenth Century – The Ploughman (4:53 min.):

Getting Dressed in the Fourteenth Century – Maid and Matron (7:08 min.):

Getting Dressed in 1665 – Delft (8:08 min.):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIod2n234Zw

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century: Working Woman (5:26 min.):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUmO7rBMdoU

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century: Lady (7:22 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpnwWP3fOSA

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century: Gentleman (5:25 min.):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpS4B5oMhgo

Getting Dressed in 1816: Mary Shelley (8:18 min.; watch  0:33- 3:50 min.):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91sRADqHQlM

Getting Dressed – Dickensian Christmas (1853) (14:07 min.; watch The Maid: 0:00-5:10  min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mPtQJxKWLc&list=PLx0IRLJNwjho-6Pkv8hR0yiFIEe_HmG_j&index=11

Victorian Realities – How did they use the toilet? (while wearing a crinoline or a bustle) (6:27 min.):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUHeSTDv_24

Getting Dressed in 1910s London – Working Class Suffragette (6:41 min.):

Vickery, Amanda: At Home with the Georgians (BBC documentary on women’s influence on Georgian interior design, c 2015; 58:59 min.):




UWM Alumni House (built 1923).


Lowell Damon House (built 1844-47):

2107 Wauwatosa Ave. (76th St.)
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213

Open most Sundays, 1-5 pm

Admission: $2



Jeremiah Curtin House

West Grange Avenue and South 84th St
Greendale, Wisconsin

Tours: Open the 1st & 3rd Saturdays June-August, 11am-3pm. Donations welcome.

David Curtin, his wife Ellen, and infant son Jeremiah were among a group of Irish immigrants who settled in the old Town of Greenfield in the mid-1830s. With help from a stone mason, David built the first stone house in the Old Town of Greenfield. It was sold to the Trimborn family in 1866 and remained occupied until the 1920s. The Milwaukee County Historical Society acquired the house in 1952 from the federal government, and it was selected as Milwaukee County’s Bicentennial Project in 1976. Funds raised by various community organizations helped restore the site in the late 1970s. It was officially dedicated on the 150th anniversary of Jeremiah’s birth, September 6, 1985.


Kilbourntown House, also known as the Benjamin Church House, was built in 1844 by Benjamin Church, a carpenter from New York. Church, his wife and six children lived in the house, which was originally located in the section of Milwaukee known as Kilbourntown.  An excellent example of Greek Revival architecture, the house was saved from destruction in 1938 when it was moved to Estabrook Park and restored as a WPA project, The home contains an outstanding collection of mid-nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts. A kitchen herb garden neighbors the home. The house is maintained jointly by the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee County Parks, and the Colonial Dames. Tours Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., June through September. Closed Holidays. Donations welcome.