UK historic preservation students to present on Danville research

Published 9:53 am Monday, December 12, 2016


News release

The Heart of Danville’s work in preservation has been aided by three classes of University of Kentucky students. Throughout the fall 2016 semester, Travis Rose and Dr. Julie Riesenweber’s students have conducted preservation field work and research. The students will present their findings to the community during a public presentation on Thursday, Dec. 15.

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Riesenweber’s Documentation of Historic Buildings & Sites (HP 612) and American Architecture I (HP 610) classes have spent the semester researching Danville history in the form of historic homes. In HP 612, her students looked at the history of these historic homes, traced the ownership back on each house, and explored the owners of the homes through census and tax records; in HP 610 the students examined and interpreted the architecture of the homes. Riesenweber’s students researched the Bass House (circa 1843), West Lexington Ave; Bowman- Letcher House (1850), East Lexington Ave.; JC Randolf House (1860), West Lexington Ave; Boyle House (1856), Maple Ave; Sandifor House (1848), East Lexington Ave; and frame house, East Lexington Ave.

Rose’s Historical Structural Systems & Building Materials (HP613) class worked with the owners of the Clay Building, 311 W. Main St. The class visited Danville during a field trip to explore the details of the Clay building such as flooring, roof framing, windows, stair constructions, and more. Rose’s students will be presenting a conservation assessment on the Clay Building.

“I really appreciate the expertise they bring to the table and the interest they have shown in our community,” said Nicholas Wade, interim director of the Heart of Danville. “Danville has a spirit for preservation, and I am glad we are able to provide firsthand preservation experience to the next generation of preservationists.”

The interest in Danville and firsthand experience will continue as additional classes have already begun work on new projects for the spring 2017 semester.

The student presentation will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Boyle County Public Library Community Room. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact or call the Heart of Danville at (859-) 36-7791.