Preserving Our Recent Past

Often when we think of historic preservation, we think of buildings, structures, or events that are hundreds of years old. But preservation can also be about recent history. Ohio Modern: Preserving Our Recent Past examines the decades following World War II and the important social, political, and economic trends shaping land use decisions, architectural styles, property types, and building technology in Ohio’s recent past.

In 2009 the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society retained Gray & Pape to develop a statewide historic context document. The time period begins in 1940 with World War II and the massive socioeconomic transformations that occurred in the following years. The events of the war years set into motion trends and patterns of historical development that shaped Ohio for the next three decades. The time period ends at 1970, as the early 1970s marked a period of transition for Ohio that included deindustrialization, assumption of new responsibilities by state and local government, and demographic and socioeconomic trends as the state’s metropolitan areas grew and the population transitioned from rural to suburban settings. During this project, Gray & Pape established significant themes and identified important property types and examples of the work of seminal architects, builders, and developers in Ohio’s recent past.

Ohio Modern: Preserving Our Recent Past provides a context for other states to use as they continue to address the issue of modern-aged resources.

Calling All Richmond Environmental Professionals!

Environmental professionals happy hour in Richmond, VA

Are you an environmental professional looking for networking opportunities in Richmond? You’re in luck; a new group has just formed. Yesterday a group of environmental professionals from the A/E industry and state government agencies met at Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond for happy hour. It was a great turnout, with 15-20 people stopping by over the course of the evening. Good news – another meeting is being planned for May. If you are interested, reach out and we’ll put you in touch with the organizer.

Pictured, from left to right: Carolyn Keeler (Jacobs), Brad McDonald (Gray & Pape), Tracey Harmon (VDOT), Robin Bedenbaugh (HDR), Kristen Shacohis (Resource International), Sarah Woodford (Stantec), Laura Meadows (McCormick Taylor), and Michael Keeler (Stantec).

 

Adams County, OH Excavation Underway

Adams County Excavation Landscape
Adams County Excavation Landscape
Fencing around the site perimeter
Fencing around the site perimeter
Working the grid
Working the grid
Screening
Screening

Despite the snow and cold, Gray & Pape crews are in Adams County for a phase III data recovery project. Over the next several weeks an archaeological excavation of a large, multi-component prehistoric site along the Ohio River will unfold. 

Good News from the City of Cincinnati

Gray & Pape has been awarded an Historic Architecture/Archaeological Services Contract with the City of Cincinnati. Our staff looks forward to continuing this long standing and successful relationship with the city.

Gray & Pape Proud to Sponsor Rabbit Hash Fundraiser

Join Gray & Pape for a night of fun, filled with live music, silent auctions, photo ops with Mayor Lucy Lou and a showing of the movie “Rabbit Hash, The Center of the Universe.” Tickets are just $10 and all proceeds benefit the Rabbit Hash Historical Society.

When: Saturday, December 13

Time: Doors open at 7 PM with movie showing at 7:30

Where: The Madison Theater, 730 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY

Be sure to visit the Hash on Facebook to learn more about this event.

Gray & Pape Well Represented at National Trust Conference

Did you know that there are more than 10,000 cultural resources managers working in fields such as architecture, historical architecture, landscape architecture, archaeology, and history? These professionals play a crucial role in federal programs such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. During November’s National Trust for Historic Preservation conference, Kevin Pape and Wade Catts, on behalf of the American Cultural Resources Association, presented a conference “Power Session” on Cultural Resource Management: The Business of Historic Preservation. Attendees heard more about the work or these professionals and the role they play in the national business of historic preservation.

 

Providence Office Grows Again

Kim Smith  and Nathan Scholl, RPA, joined the firm earlier this year and have recently moved to the firm’s Providence office. Kim brings 14 years of experience in archaeology and CRM, including supervising Phase I, II and III projects and has extensive laboratory experience.  She also served as an archaeologist and assistant conservator on the shipwreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge and has also done target diving on sites and has worked on a number of shoreline surveys. As a principal investigator/geoarchaeologist, Nathan has more than 13 years of experience in archaeology and CRM, including Phases I, II and III projects, Historic and Pre-Historic projects, laboratory analysis and geomorphological analysis.

Local College Uses Federal Historic Tax Credits for Renovation

Chatfield College is taking advantage of the federal historic tax credit available for renovations to expand their campus. Gray & Pape is completing the tax credit application for the project. Project partners include Endeavor Construction as general contractor and emersion Design as project architect.

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2014/10/07/chatfield-college-renovating-new-campus/16823613/

Firm Participates in MAC

Gray & Pape will be well represented at this year’s Midwest Archaeological Conference being held in Champaign, IL. Beginning October 2 and concluding on Saturday, October 4, Gray & Pape staff will present recent research, participate in workshops, and attend presentations focusing on the archaeology of the Midwest region.

Gray & Pape Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Getting the water cold
Getting the water cold
Group before the big splash
Group before the big splash
Cold and Refreshing
Cold and Refreshing
All for a good cause
All for a good cause

On Thursday August 28, employees at the firm’s Cincinnati location accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS. The challenge was extended to the firm offices in Indianapolis, Providence, Richmond, and the Houston office of the partner company HRA Gray & Pape. Scroll through the slideshow or visit the firm’s Facebook page to watch the video.

Though on vacation, the firm’s President, W. Kevin Pape, also found time to take the challenge!

Employees are also donating money for this very worthy cause. Funds raised in the Cincinnati office will benefit ALS Association Kentucky Chapter.