Wiltonian Rob Sanders, principal of Rob Sanders Architects, LLC in Wilton, will discuss the architecture of Wilton and its significant properties at Wilton Library on Wednesday evening, Oct. 7.
“It’s going to be an exploration of how buildings in town have changed and what the first structures were influenced by,” said Sanders, a licensed architect since 1984. “Wilton was mostly an English-influenced area.”
Sanders said his presentation is titled Wilton Rediscovered because its focus is on “understanding why some of Wilton’s properties are unique.”
“I think there’s a general perception of most homes that they’re Colonial, and of course, most of them are from after the Revolution,” said Sanders, who received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1981.
“People will look at old houses and say, ‘It’s an old house,’ but most people don’t realize there are several rolling style waves that went through town.”
The 1989 Wilton Architectural Survey, a catalog of historically important structures in town, lists a number of structure styles in Wilton — ranging from Colonial, Tudor Revival and Greek Revival, to Italianate, Federal and Vernacular.
Sanders said structure styles — including not only homes, but churches and schools as well — are “statements of people’s eye towards style.”
“The old ones that have survived, and even some of the new ones today, are kind of snapshots of people’s ideas and aspirations at the time,” said Sanders, who became interested in architecture at a young age.
“I grew up in the house at 530 Danbury Road, which was seven acres with a house and two barns, which needed a lot of work,” he said. “My folks worked on restoring that property and I was right alongside them.”
Through that, Sanders said, he “developed mechanical skills and an interest in what can be done with structures.”
During his Wilton Rediscovered: The Origins and Evolution of Architecture and Landscape presentation, Sanders said he will discuss “the growth of the town and the different styles of structures that were built, what is surviving, and what’s now threatened and why they’re still valuable.”