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The Arts and Economic Development in Downtowns

By: Tammie Fitzpatrick, AIA 

   

This year's event will be held in downtown Lancaster City in the Ware Center, a central location in the historic city on the 4th of October 2012. The theme for the event is the role of the arts as an effective catalyst for economic development and growth in the built environment. The schedule is as follows:

 

12:00pm to 1:00pm    Building Tour of The Ware Center

1:00pm to 2:00pm      Phil Acone, Cooper Lighting:  Retail Lighting

1:00pm to 2:00pm      Kevin Riedy, Boral:  Cultured Stone

2:00pm to 2:30pm      Vendor Exhibit Time

2:30pm to 3:30pm      Langan Engineering & Environmental Services:  3-D Laser Scanning

2:30pm to 3:30pm     Glen Gery: Topic to be determined

3:30pm to 4:00pm     Vendor Exhibit Time

4:00pm to 5:00pm     Keynote Speaker - Elizabeth Todd Lambert

5:00pm to 7:00pm     Happy Hour

7:00pm to 8:00pm     Design Awards

8:00pm to 9:00pm     Social Hour with dessert and drinks

 

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Get to Know Bob Brandt

The building tour of the WARE Center at the 2012 Conference & Expo will be led by Robert Brandt, III. Bob was the project manager for Benchmark Construction Company when the center was built in 2008. Here is a brief overview of Bob and his work.

 

Robert A. Brandt III, otherwise referred to Bob Brandt Photo

as Bob, was born and raised in Manheim Township, PA. He attended Manheim Township High School and moved on to continue his studies at Indiana University where Bob played tight end and right tackle for the Hoosiers football team. In 2003 Bob graduated with a  Bachelor's degree in Public and Environmental Affairs and returned to his hometown to start his career at Benchmark Construction Company, Inc.  Bob started as an Assistant Project Manager and has served in almost every capacity throughout the business. Bob has been a part of many award-winning projects such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, now referred to as Millersville University's Ware Center. Currently Bob is working on LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History project which is seeking LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  Bob is highly active in the Lancaster County Community, committing his time to non-profit organizations like Music for Everyone and Hospice and Community Care's Annual Labor Day Auction. He is also involved with the Fulton Theatre and the Hamilton Club. Bob resides in Lancaster with his wife, Kathryn, and their two children. 

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Introducing Elizabeth Todd Lambert

The keynote speaker at the 2012 Conference & Expo will be Elizabeth Todd Lambert. This is a short synopsis of Elizabeth's history.

 

Cultivating an environment where the arts can flourish is the charge of the first President and CEO of LancasterARTS, Elizabeth Todd Lambert. Her academic training and experience in the arts, and in business, provide her with the tools to lead this nonprofit organization, which started up in 2007. In this role she works on a number of fronts -- marketing the arts and Lancaster as an arts destination to a broad audience; conducting research about the arts economic impact; building relationships with artists, arts organizations, key community leaders, and the media; and planning and facilitating arts-related events such as First Friday. She has been featured in numerous articles and interviews about the arts in Lancaster and collaborates regularly on arts-related initiatives with other organizations. She enjoys attending the many arts events and performances in Lancaster.

 

Prior to moving to Lancaster in 2006, Elizabeth spent most of her career working in the international arena. She traveled extensively and resided overseas while working on market development projects in Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Latin America as Director of Strategic Business Planning and Development for the International Group of McCormick & Company, Inc. - the world's largest spice company. She played an instrumental role in planning and implementing McCormick's first business in China and joint venture in the Philippines, as well as directing strategic planning and financial analysis for dozens of international subsidiaries and joint ventures around the world. She was also a founding member, officer, and director of the Maryland-China Business Council for 10 years.

 

In 2000, Elizabeth joined the International Department of Towson University in Maryland. She directed fiscal operations, created and led the Nonresident Alien Tax Office, managed a variety of faculty/staff exchanges, and interacted with hundreds of foreign national students, scholars, and professionals. She also collaborated with her academic colleagues to develop a study abroad program in China for business majors and co-taught the first session in Shanghai. This was the first such program for a Maryland university, and one of many professional development programs she helped to create.

 

While residing in the Baltimore area, Elizabeth served on the Boards of Young Audiences of Maryland and the Asian Arts and Culture Center at Towson University.

 

Elizabeth received her MBA in Finance from the University of Delaware and her Bachelor of Science in Music Education, cum laude, from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.

 

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New Uses for Old Buildings-Making It Work For You

Free Public Forum on October 25, 2012 - 6:30 pm

The Country Barn, 211 S. Donnerville Road, Lancaster

 

The towns and villages of Lancaster County have a wealth of beautiful and historic buildings ready for new life, but how does the small investor or entrepreneur navigate the web of building codes, municipal approvals, and financing regulations to make adaptive reuse affordable and practical?

 

The Coalition for Smart Growth will present  'New Uses for Old Buildings - Making It Work for You ' on Thursday, October 25th when expert panelists will discuss their experiences reusing existing buildings:

 

  • Jeff Helm, Columbia Borough Code Enforcement Officer will address the challenges presented by the Uniform Building Code and offer suggestions on how communities can encourage new use of underutilized downtown buildings and historic structures.
  • Ken Hammel, Principal at Hammel Associates Architects, will describe his experience in rehabilitating downtown buildings into dynamic commercial spaces with beautiful living spaces above.  Ken will also discuss options available through the Federal and Pennsylvania Historic Tax Credit programs.
  • Leslie Reese, owner of The Quilt Ledger in Christiana will share her experiences in converting a one room school house into a vibrant retail shop featuring quilts, fabrics and notions..
  • Holly Hartman, Vice  President of National Penn Bank, will provide information on financing options for small businesses and investors  interested in purchasing and renovating an existing building and address with attention to such topics as cost versus appraisal and  typical loan terms..

 The panelists will also be available to answer quetions relating to local incentives, funding sources and design guidelines for repurposing existing buildings in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Doors open at 5:30 pm, so please join us early to network, share light refreshments, and explore the old Country Barn - a traditional Lancaster County structure that has new life as a popular meetings and reception venue.  The forum is offered free of charge, but please register for the event at http://www.coalitionforsmartgrowth.org

 

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Dempwolf in Boston

By: Scott Butcher, AIA Honorary Affiliate

 

I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference in Boston.  While there, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the hotel in which I was staying was located near two important buildings with a connection to John August Dempwolf, York's most prominent and prolific architect.  Dempwolf's firm practiced from their offices in Centre (Continental) Square in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Dempwold 1

 

In the early 1870s, young J.A. Dempwolf left York and relocated to New York City, studying architecture at night at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences.  After he graduated in 1873, Dempwolf did not return to York; rather, he moved to Boston where he found employment as superintendent for construction of the new Cathedral of the Holy Cross, a massive stone Gothic Revival church that took over nine years to construct.  This church, recognized today as the largest in New England, still stands, and is pictured below.

Dempwolf was not the architect for this project.  That commission was given to Patrick Keely, an architect based in New York City.  But the experience as superintendent was certainly valuable for the young Dempwolf, who was able to study the design of a nationally-prominent architect while learning the real-world relationship between design and construction. 

 

When Dempwolf arrived in Boston, the newly constructed Trinity Church was already making waves in the architectural world.  Located several blocks from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the year-old ecclesiastical building had a profound effect on the architecture that followed.  Henry Hobson Richardson was a Louisiana-born architect who attended Harvard then studied at the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, only the second American to do so.  After returning from France, Richardson established an architectural practice in New York, later relocating to Boston.  With the design of Trinity Church in the Copley Square area, Richardson took the Romanesque Revival style that was popular at the time and employed heavy, rough-cut stone and large arches to create a variant of the style with picturesque massing and imposing rooflines.  This unique approach to Romanesque architecture became his signature (the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh is another prominent example) and inspired a generation of architects, who began to emulate his approach.  So important and influential was Trinity Church that the American Institute of Architects selected it as one of the Ten Most Important Buildings in the United States.   The building undoubtedly influenced the young Dempwolf, who would dabble in the style after returning to York.

 

Dempwolf 2 Perhaps the best example of Dempwolf's use of the style can be found at Centre Presbyterian Church in New Park.  Westminster Presbyterian Church on North Queen Street in York also shows the Richardson influence, though the arches have a hint of a point, not the true rounded Romanesque style.  Other Dempwolf-designed buildings exhibit a hybrid of the more common brick Romanesque Revival Style with the heavy approach favored by Richardson.  Some examples include Gettysburg College's Glatfelter Hall, Stevens School on West Philadelphia Street in York, and even York Central Market.  Some architectural historians refer to this hybrid as Victorian Romanesque - buildings that combine multiple materials (like brick and stone) and feature polychromatic tones, as opposed to the more uniform Romanesque Revival and Richardson Romanesque buildings.  As anyone who has studied historic American architecture can tell you, the authors of the popular style guides do not agree on how to identify the many H.H. Richardson-inspired buildings.  What one author identifies as Richardson Romanesque (or Richardsonian, as it is sometimes called), another might term Victorian Romanesque or simply Romanesque Revival (or even Late Romanesque Revival) - these round-arched buildings are all branches on the same tree.

Dempwolf designed many notable buildings in the Romanesque style.  The demolished York Collegiate Institute and Calvary Church are prominent examples, as are his work at the Harrisburg State Hospital, additional buildings on the campus of Gettysburg College, and Valentine Hall at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg.


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Art In The Wild-Call for Artists

By: Elizabeth Johnson, Fort Hunter Museum Educator Call to Artists

 

We are looking for applicants regarding an intriguing exhibit of outdoor art installations.  This inaugural project is called "Art In The Wild: Naturally Inspired Trailside Creations"

* opening April 13, 2013, closing October 31, 2013

* at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg Pa.'s outskirts

* installations to be primarily of natural materials

* $600 first prize; $400 second prize; $200 third prize.

If you would spread the word to potential applicants, we would be very appreciative.  For more details, please see the call for entries and  application rules or visit www.wildwoodlake.org.  The exhibit is sponsored by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.

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Preservation Pennsylvania

By: Jim Thompson, AIA 

  

Pres PA 2Preservation Pennsylvania held their annual Statewide Conference on Heritage from July 15-19 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  The conference brought together leading preservationists and traffic/transportation planners.  This Conference relies on the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  The architectural highlights of the Conference  included:

 

 

 

Workshops:

National Historic Preservation Act Documentation

*  Farm, Family & Faith: a mobile workshop of agricultural heritage and vernacular architecture

Case Studies:

*  Lancaster Central Market: Preserving an Urban Farmer's Market

*  Under the pavement: Urban Archeology in American Cities

Historic Site Tours:

*  Discover C. Emlen Urban's Lancaster

*  Cycle the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail with PennDOT Secretary, Barry Schoch

Elbow Rubbing:

*  Reception at the Fulton Opera House

*  Plenary Session: A Question of Priorities: Public Funding for Preservation and Transportation

 

The Conference offered a variety of attendance options: half-day tours and sessions (registration $15), register for a day ($25) or full four-day attendance ($100).  I attended one full day with the Reception at the Fulton Opera House (additional charge).  Preservation Pennsylvania members received a 10% discount. 

 

The program had numerous educational offerings of interest to local Architects.  One disappointment; the educational program could easily count toward continuing education credits, but didn't.  Event organizers promise to seek AIA certification for next year !!   Vendor exhibits of particular interest to local Architects focused on site and building archeological assessment services and preservation Pres PA 1technologies.

 

I toured the newly-renovated Lancaster Central Market with renovation Architect, Ted Vedock of Hammel Associates (originally designed by Philadelphia Architect James H. Warner).  At lunch, I re-connected with Architect friends from Pittsburgh attending the Conference.  My spouse joined me after work for the Reception where we met Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) Executive Director, James M. Vaughn, a veteran of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington DC.  The Reception featured an open bar, full hors d'oeuvres and a personal tour of the Opera House restoration.

 

A PHMC goal for this year is building stronger partnerships with Pennsylvania Architects.  I recommend attending Preservation Pennsylvania's Statewide Conference on Heritage next year in Pittsburgh.  It will enrich your professional knowledge, connect you with leading preservationists and network you with statewide preservation and traffic/transportation policymakers.  I will see you there.

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