Real life doesn't happen behind four walls. Neither should learning. Gateway's Historic Preservation Arts (HPA) experience embraces the historic beauty and unique assets of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region as a living classroom. After all, learning should be about more than just listening. It should be an adventure!
Gateway's Historic Preservation Arts programming was born out of a grass-roots effort led by Progress with Preservation, a local group of Covington residents and regional advocates for the preservation of the region's architectural heritage. HPA programming has been, and continues to be developed through input from regional historic preservation officers, tradesmen, real estate professionals, contractors, and engaged citizens. Pilot programming is scheduled to begin in February 2017 and additional programming will be added as it is developed.
The unique techniques of the historic building trades are currently at risk of being lost due to the loss of the current generation of master craftsmen and the lack of new educated craftsmen. The traditional system whereby skilled craftsmen pass down building trades to their apprentices is fading away and a new system of training is necessary to save these important trades. - Brenda Boone, President, Ludlow Historic Society
Historic Preservation Arts Courses: Spring/Summer 2017
Please note that at this time, the following courses are community-based, non-credit courses. These initial courses are being offered as a pilot in spring 2017 while Gateway continues to evaluate the need and interest for a larger program in historic preservation arts.
Philosophy of Historic Preservation: Learn the basics of historic preservation theory, terminology and practice, including: Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, considerations for choosing to restore or rehabilitate, and the economics of preservation. Class runs February 2 - March 2, Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm (5 weeks). Course fee: $100. Instructor: Beth Johnson. Registration deadline is January 27. Register here.
Historic Preservation Standards: Learn about the standards and methods for treatment of historic buildings, including: The National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places; Kentucky Heritage Council; Kentucky Historic Building Survey; and local historic districts. Class runs March 9 - April 6, Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm (5 weeks). Course fee: $100. Instructor: Beth Johnson. Registration deadline is March 6. Register here.
Urban Architectural Photography: Learn to create great architecture and travel photos during walking tours of Covington. This course covers composition, lighting, and creative approaches for producing professional photographs as you take in gems of the CIty. You will also learn basic photo editing techniques in a lab setting. Learn to make the most out of your camera, whether it's a DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or your cellphone. *Student work will be part of a special exhibit in May, celebrating Historic Preservation Month. Students will work with the CIty of Covington to conduct the Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, in partnership with the K entucky Heritage Council. Course runs March 29 - May 17, Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (8 weeks). Course fee: $150. Instructor: Steve Oldfield. Registration deadline is March 24. Register here.
Research of Early American Architecture: Learn about and utilize tools and methods for researching early American architecture, with an emphasis on historic preservation. Research will focus on the various structures, materials and finishes used in historic structures. Class runs April 13 - May 11, Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm (5 weeks). Course fee: $100. Instructor: Beth Johnson. Registration deadline is April 10. Register here.
Application of Preservation Theory and Philosophy: Learn to recognize historically significant features on a building, research zoning and building requirements, and assess and document building conditions. This course will include visits to city planning and building inspection departments as well as site visits to historic buildings throughout Covington. (Note: Meeting day and time are flexible and will be discussed during first meeting). Students will work with the City of Covington to conduct the Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council. Course runs April 21 - June 9, Fridays, 2:00 - 6:00 pm (8 weeks). Course fee: $160. Instructor: Beth Johnson. Registration deadline is April 18. Register here.
Historic Preservation Practice: Learn to assess and document building conditions and build a plan of action for rehabilitation and maintenance of historic properties. Locate and use existing documentation; utilize local, state and federal resources; develop written and photographic supportive documentation. This course will include site visits to historic buildings throughout Covington. (Note: Meeting day and time are flexible and will be discussed during first meeting). Students will work with the City of Covington to conduct the Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council. Course runs June 16 - August 4, Fridays, 2:00 - 6:00 pm (8 weeks). Course fee: $160. Instructor: Beth Johnson. Registration deadline is June 13. Register here.