Check out the Alsop House Audio Guide as a podcast or by calling 860-685-6200.
In 2009, the National Parks Service honored the Richard Alsop IV House with National Historic Landmark status. In celebration of this distinction, the Friends of the Davison Art Center along with the New Media Lab at Wesleyan University released the first-ever audio guide for the house. The tour is a 15-minute enhanced podcast featuring nine tracks with over 50 photos. It gives an overview of the history of the building of the house, as well as information about each individual room.
The project took several months to complete and involved a great group of individuals from all parts of campus contributing their knowledge, skills, and talents. Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies, and Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, star as narrator and musician in the piece. They both generously offered their talents for the guide. Andy’s distinctive voice narrates the text. Neely’s selection and performance of period music played on Wesleyan’s Godowsky piano help recreate the historical vibrancy of the 1840s. Clare Rogan, curator of the Davison Art Center, researched and authored the piece. Mariah Reisner initiated the project then edited and produced the piece. Many others contributed to the guide including: Eoin Callery, a graduate student in the music department, and Sergei Bunaev, in the Language Resource Center, who generously offered their time, expertise, and equipment to do the recordings of Andy and Neely.
The nine tracks of the “Alsop House Audio Guide” are available for download on Wesleyan’s iTunes U. It is also available as a cell phone guide by calling 860.685.6200. From the main menu one can access the same nine tracks that are on iTunes U:
- Historical Introduction
- Building of the House
- Wesleyan Purchase & Davison Family
- Stair Hall
- North and South Parlors
- Dining Room
- Morning Room
- Conservatory and Renovations of the 1860s and 1870s
- Exterior of the House.
From any of these selections you can press 1 to return to the menu, 2 to go to the next track, or 3 to repeat the track (as the “help prompt” indicates at the end of each track).
Today’s guest can step back in time and learn about Wesleyan’s Alsop House in its prime.