Cincinnati Preservation Association’s “Fall Forum on Preservation” is held each October and presents national or international experts on a wide range of topics. Chair Margaret Valentine selects speakers who present emerging preservation initiatives and concepts. The Forum is widely anticipated and attracts an audience of over 300 preservationists, civic leaders, developers, design students, and public officials.
Fall Forum 2019:
Women, Architecture & “The Most Modern Hotel in America” by Gabrielle Esperdy
Cincinnati Preservation Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Fall Forum. Author and architectural historian Gabrielle Esperdy will present a talk on the overlooked women who helped shape the course of modern architecture as a practice and a profession. The talk will highlight the work of pioneering modern architect Natalie de Blois designer of Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza and many of Skidmore, Owens & Merrill’s most iconic mid-20th century buildings.
Gabrielle Esperdy is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her work looks at the intersection of architecture, consumerism and modernism in urban and suburban landscapes in the United States paying particularly attention to the ways social, economic and political issues shape the built environment. Her books include Modernizing Main Street, published in 2008, and the forthcoming American Autopia, examining how the automobile influenced architectural and urban discourse after World War II. She has also written extensively on the experience of women in the American architecture profession from the 1950s to the present.
Esperdy’s work has appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta, and Architectural Design, among others. She is a columnist for Places and editor of SAH Archipedia, an online resource on the history of the built environment published by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press.
Cincinnati Preservation Association’s Fall Forum is an annual lecture series which attracts over 300 preservationists, civic leaders, developers, architects, planners and design students. Held in the Hall of Mirrors in the National Historic Landmark Netherland Hilton, the event has become Cincinnati’s most widely anticipated forum on preservation and urban redevelopment. Chair Margaret Valentine selects speakers to extend the range and depth of the public discussion on the built environment. Past speakers have addressed walkable cities, the economics of historic neighborhoods and the role of art in revitalizing urban areas. “I am very happy to bring Gabrielle Esperdy to the Fall Forum this year,” Ms. Valentine said. “The contributions women have made to the design of our buildings and cities has been largely unrecognized. In October we will learn about the role of women in this important work. We are delighted that Dr. Esperdy has an excellent local example, the Terrace Plaza, to highlight in the work of architect Natalie de Blois.”
Tickets will be available soon at this site. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, call Rebecca Stone at 513 721-4506 ext 11.
Links to Fall Forum Archives:
Fall Forum 2018 – Speaker: Terry Stewart, Former President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “King Records”
Fall Forum 2017 – Speaker: James Crawford, Author, “Fallen Glory, The Lives and Deaths of 20 Great Buildings”
Fall Forum 2016 – Speaker: Jamie Bennett, President of Art Place America, “Art, Culture and Historic Buildings”
Fall Forum 2015 – Speaker: Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics, “The Economics of Historic Neighborhoods”
Fall Forum 2014 – Speaker: John Stubbs, “A Global View of Architectural Conservation”
Fall Forum 2013 – Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, Ph.D. , “Cincinnati Unearthed, Victories in Preservation”