Fall Forum on Preservation

Video of the 2019 Cincinnati Preservation Fall Forum

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.


Tickets for 2020 Fall Forum will be available here:  Click here to purchase tickets

Fall Forum 2019 was held on October 25, 2019.

Women, Architecture & “The Most Modern Hotel in America” by Gabrielle Esperdy

Cincinnati Preservation Association was pleased to host the 2019 Fall Forum on Friday, October 25, 2019.  Author and architectural historian Gabrielle Esperdy presented a talk on the overlooked women who helped shape the course of modern architecture as a practice and a profession.  The talk highlighted 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.


The Fall Forum is held in the Hall of Mirrors of the National Historic Landmark Hilton Netherlands Plaza Hotel.

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 was 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 learned about the role of women in this important work. We are delighted that Dr. Esperdy had an excellent local example, the Terrace Plaza, to highlight in the work of architect Natalie de Blois.”

Tickets for 2020 will available here:  Click here to purchase tickets

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, call Rebecca Stone at 513 721-4506 ext 11.

Cincinnati Preservation Association thanks the 2019 Fall Forum Sponsors:

Pinnacle Sponsors:

Lisa Sauer & Jon Moeller
Urban Sites
Margaret & Michael Valentine

Cornice Sponsors:

Phillip J. Nuxhall

Capital Sponsors:

Lair and Anna Kennedy

Column Sponsors:

1919 Investment Counsel
Cincinnati Development Fund
Cincinnati Historic Homes-Sanregret Team
Frost Brown Todd
Buck Niehoff
River West

Supporting Sponsors:

Hazeleen & J. Leland Brewster
Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP
City Studios Architecture
Hicon, Inc.
RWA Architects, Inc.
US Bank Private Wealth Management

Links to Fall Forum Archives:

Fall Forum 2019 – Speaker: Gabrielle Esperdy, Author and architectural historian, “Women, Architecture and the Most Modern Hotel in America”

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”