Two upcoming events should be of interest to Broken Sidewalk readers on November 11 and 15. Here are the details.
On Wednesday, November 11 at Noon, the Louisville Forum will host a discussion of the Ohio River Bridges Project at Vincenzo’s on Fifth and Market Streets. Registration is mandatory for members and nonmembers and a fee applies, but includes lunch. Guest charge is $20.00 and cash or check is accepted at the door. I have been to several of these luncheons in the past the they have been well worth my time.
Three panelists are lined up to speak in favor of the ORBP, but currently the conversation will be quite one-sided. JC Stites with 8664 has sent a letter to the organization requesting to be heard, but we’ll see what happens. The Louisville Forum has invited 8664 to speak in the past. Regardless, show up for a delicious lunch and show your support for a more vibrant Downtown Louisville.
If you wish to attend, please register by November 6. More information is available here.
On Sunday, November 15 at 2:00pm, the Louisville Historical League will host Donovan Rypkema for the 2009 Fenwick Lecture at the Glassworks on Ninth and Market Streets. The event is free and open to the public. I was able to attend a lecture by Rypkema a couple years ago and the room was well packed and the time well spent. Here’s some information about Donovan and the lecture:
Mr. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.–based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures.
Mr. Rypkema’s book, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide, was published by the National Trust for Historic preservation in 2005 and is widely used by preservationists nationwide. Today Mr. Rypkema is recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures. Since 1983 he has provided ongoing consulting services to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its National Main Street Center.
The Fenwick Lecture in Historic Preservation was established in memory of the late Jason M. Fenwick. Jason Fenwick was a native of Mississippi but he spent much of his adult life in Kentucky where he joined the Kentucky Heritage Council as an archaeologist in 1977. There he conducted countywide archaeological surveys before transferring to the Restoration Grants Program where he became increasingly interested in historic buildings and their preservation and restoration.
From late 1981 through 1983, Mr. Fenwick served as state curator and coordinated the restoration and rehabilitation of the Kentucky Executive Mansion for Governor John Y. Brown and First Lady Phyllis George Brown. Between 1984 and 1987, he served as preservation specialist for Kentucky Heritage Council. He also served on the City of Louisville Landmarks Commission.