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.\u201cIt\u2019s going to be an exploration of how buildings in town have changed and what the first structures were influenced by,\u201d said Sanders, a licensed architect since 1984. \u201cWilton was mostly an English-influenced area.\u201dSanders said his presentation is titled Wilton Rediscovered because its focus is on \u201cunderstanding why some of Wilton\u2019s properties are unique.\u201d\u201cI think there\u2019s a general perception of most homes that they\u2019re Colonial, and of course, most of them are from after the Revolution,\u201d said Sanders, who received a bachelor\u2019s degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1981.\u201cPeople will look at old houses and say, \u2018It\u2019s an old house,\u2019 but most people don\u2019t realize there are several rolling style waves that went through town.\u201dThe 1989 Wilton Architectural Survey, a catalog of historically important structures in town, lists a number of structure styles in Wilton \u2014 ranging from Colonial, Tudor Revival and Greek Revival, to Italianate, Federal and Vernacular.Sanders said structure styles \u2014 including not only homes, but churches and schools as well \u2014 are \u201cstatements of people\u2019s eye towards style.\u201d \u201cThe old ones that have survived, and even some of the new ones today, are kind of snapshots of people\u2019s ideas and aspirations at the time,\u201d said Sanders, who became interested in architecture at a young age.\u201cI 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,\u201d he said. \u201cMy folks worked on restoring that property and I was right alongside them.\u201dThrough that, Sanders said, he \u201cdeveloped mechanical skills and an interest in what can be done with structures.\u201dDuring his Wilton Rediscovered: The Origins and Evolution of Architecture and Landscape presentation, Sanders said he will discuss \u201cthe growth of the town and the different styles of structures that were built, what is surviving, and what\u2019s now threatened and why they\u2019re still valuable.\u201d Sanders said he will also explain \u201cwhy some properties remained open,\u201d as well as the role of the Wilton Land Trust and the town\u2019s acquisition of open space.\u201cBruce Beebe from the land trust will also speak a little bit about what\u2019s been done and what\u2019s going forward,\u201d he said.Sanders said most of the surviving historic structures in Wilton are residential buildings. During his presentation, Sanders said, he will talk about a couple of notables ones like \u201cthe Greek Revival structures on Grumman Hill Road and Sturges Ridge,\u201d as well as one of the few remaining Italianate style structures in town \u2014 the Schlichting Homestead at 183 Ridgefield Road, which, he noted, is \u201cunder the threat of demolition.\u201d\u201cThere are only about three Italianate structures left in town,\u201d he said. \u201cThere used to be more, and that one [183 Ridgefield Road] is certainly special because of the site.\u201d Sanders said his favorite structures in Wilton are of all different styles.\u201cThere\u2019s the Belknap property up on the north edge of Wilton and Weston [11 Wampum Hill Road], and the Greek Revival on Sturges Ridge is a great old house [137 Sturges Ridge Road],\u201d he said.\u201cThere\u2019s also a really neat modernist house on Shadow Lane [30 Shadow Lane] and some wonderful houses in the Meadows neighborhood.\u201d Sense of place Sanders has lived in Wilton all his life and said \u201cthere\u2019s been a lot of change\u201d in that 57-year period. \u201cI think history is important. What\u2019s been built in the past responded to the land quite closely because people had to, and those land use patterns, I think, are still important,\u201d said Sanders. \u201cWhen new structures are built, fitting with the character of the town is really important. That doesn\u2019t mean they all have to look the same, but that they complement and strengthen the character of the town.\u201d When structures don\u2019t have \u201csome continuity with each other and don\u2019t respond to the land they\u2019re on,\u201d Sanders said, \u201cthen the town loses its individual character.\u201d \u201cWhen a town loses its individual character, it could just be anywhere \u2014 it doesn\u2019t feel like it has a sense of place,\u201d he said.\u201cThe forces of growth and commercialism have kind of eroded Wilton\u2019s sense of place, so it\u2019s kind of an important time to look at these [structures] and say, \u2018Well, this is still important.\u2019\u201dFrom his presentation, Sanders said, he hopes people develop a deeper interest \u201cin finding a character for Wilton\u2019s building environment.\u201d\u201cI hope that they\u2019ll be more interested in finding something that preserves that sense of progression of time in history and neighborhood,\u201d he said, \u201cbecause that all leads to community, and sometimes it feels like it\u2019s just getting eroded.\u201dWilton Rediscovered: The Origins and Evolution of Architecture and Landscape will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a Q&A and reception following the presentation. Registration is highly recommended.Information and registration: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-3950, ext. 213.