Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Saturday lecture to examine local New Deal architecture

Historic preservation consultant Beth Sullebarger will highlight Cincinnati's New Deal architecture this Saturday at 10 AM at the Greenhills Community Building, 8 Enfield Street.

"The New Deal's Legacy in Cincinnati Architecture: 1933-1943", held in conjunction with a national celebration of the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, features such notable landmarks as Lunken Airport, Union Terminal, and the Village of Greenhills.

Built in 1937 as the center of the model "Greenbelt" town, the Community Building features several fine works of public art by local artists funded by the Works Progress Administration.

A guided tour of the Community Building will take place following the lecture.

The lecture is presented by the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) and the Betts House Research Center.

Admission is $12 for the public and $7 for members of CPA. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling the CPA at (513) 721-4506 or by e-mailing

Sullebarger holds a master's degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and previously served as executive director of CPA and as a member of the Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board.

Her interest in New Deal-era architecture led her to produce A Guide to Art and Architecture in Cincinnati’s Parks, which received an award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

Sullebarger is also a contributing a contributing author of Architecture in Cincinnati: an Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City, and has worked on the CET documentary Sacred Spaces of Greater Cincinnati and the "Lost Cincinnati" exhibit for the Betts House.