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The significant differences between 18th- and 19th-century Virginia houses, explains University of Virginia architectural history assistant professor Camille Wells, resulted from arrangements made for domestic slaves. In her lecture, “Contested Ground: Domestic Space and Enslaved Labor in the Houses of Antebellum Virginia,” Wells will discuss the changing designs of such houses, and how slaves adapted spaces “to their own purpose.” At 6:30 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $5. (202) 543-8356. (MJ)