You might be aware that Posterous was recently acquired by Twitter. The reporting that I’ve seen indicated that this was a “talent acquisition,” suggesting that Posterous’ continued existence is in doubt. As a result, I decided to move Jennifer W. Hanson’s Commonplace Book over to WordPress, where I have another blog (On the Trail of Henry Charlton Beck).
I’ve never been crazy about “Jennifer W. Hanson’s Commonplace Book” as a title, but I wasn’t able to come up with anything more clever. I’m having difficulty naming this new blog something clever, too. In the end, I decided that cleverness might be overrated when it comes to naming blogs, and I just named this blog after something I like: Vitrified Headers.
What are vitrified headers? Vitrification is the process by which an object becomes glassy when exposed to intense heat. A header is the short side of a brick. Vitrified headers (frequently called glazed headers) are a hallmark of the patterned brick style of architecture that can be found in areas of the mid-Atlantic where Quakers settled during the 1600s and 1700s. Southern New Jersey still holds many of these houses, though others have not survived the centuries.
I wouldn’t call myself an expert architectural historian by any means (though my undergraduate degree was in art history), but I enjoy looking at and learning about architecture, especially vernacular architecture. Over the past couple of years, I’ve become more and more interested in the patterned brick style. I have a small Flickr set of patterned brick house photos, and one of the pages on this site is devoted to a list of known patterned brick houses of New Jersey.
Welcome to Vitrified Headers.