Excellence in Design Seminar and Tour

Posted: September 18, 2014

Superior Woodcraft is proud to sponsor the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Design Seminar and Tour – Oscar Martin Today – Building on the Past.

Superior Woodcraft is not only delighted to sponsor this event, but we also have the good fortune and unique opportunity to be able to work work in a home designed by Oscar Martin.

Previously, Superior Woodcraft had the opportunity to work in homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other similar artisans from the past. When working in homes that were designed or built by the talented artisans of the past it always creates a special feeling of being inspired by and being connected to these talented craftsmen, history and our past. We only hope that the work that we create today honors the work of such individuals.

JOIN SUPERIOR WOODCRAFT FOR THE EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN SEMINAR AND TOUR FEATURING OSCAR MARTIN – CONNECT WITH THE PAST AS YOU MINGLE WITH THE PRESENT – PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY

Excellence in Design Seminar & Reception
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
5 – 7 p.m.

Learn how these 19th Century Homes have been updated, retro fitted and have become more energy efficient. See what buildings will be on the tour and many others.

Host: The Standard Club & The Oscar Martin Room
127 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Excellence in Design Tour
Sunday, September 28, 2014
1 – 4 p.m.

On this amazing walking tour, docents will point out additional sites along the 2-hour tour that contribute to Martin’s large body of residential and commercial work and the characteristics that make his designs distinctive today. Builds on the Oscar Martin-themed seminar on September 24th.

A. Oscar Martin – ARCHITECT
BORN: September 28, 1873, Doylestown, PA
DIED: February 4, 1942, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA

Born in Dublin, Bucks County, A. Oscar Martin moved to Doylestown at a young age where he then attended high school.

He apprenticed as a carpenter under his father, Jonas Martin, and soon became interested in architectural drawing. In 1892, Martin enrolled at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, where he studied architecture and engineering.

After graduating, Marten spent a few years working at architectural firms in New York City, Buffalo, and Philadelphia before opening his own firm in Doylestown in 1896.

As a registered architect and engineer in Bucks County, Martin designed numerous buildings in the Doylestown area. While he is better known for his domestic designs, his catalogue also includes designs for schools, factories, churches, bridges, and garages.

Martin was heralded for his style and sensibility, particularly during a time where construction began using more modern materials. The various styles which Martin used range from Queen Anne to shingle to Tudor, from Colonial Revival to Craftsman bungalows. His projects ranged from original designs to commercial work to alterations and additions.

Source: The James A Michener Art Museum

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