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Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office
Historic brickwork expert to present free lecture Monday in Lexington

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 25, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The public is invited to a free lecture with internationally known historic brickwork consultant and educator Dr. Gerard Lynch at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31 at Lexington Public Library on the topic of Putting Value Back into Craft Education. Dr. Lynch will address timely issues such as defining education and training for traditional building crafts and trades, traditional apprenticeships, current craft training trends, and methods of delivering craft education and training.

Dr. Lynch is visiting Kentucky in conjunction with a workshop he is presenting April 1-4 at Pope Villa, 326 Grosvenor Avenue in Lexington, a historic home designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and considered among the most important Federal-style buildings surviving in the U.S. He is presenting the workshop, Historic Bricks: Discover the Lost Arts of Red Masonry, in partnership with Miles Miller, owner of Rochester-Miller Restoration, Inc., of Paris and Pope Villa restoration mason. Workshop sponsors are the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation and University of Kentucky College of Design Department of Historic Preservation.

Workshop registration is $400 including materials. Hands-on techniques, demonstrations and additional lectures will be featured, including brick making, lime slaking and mortar preparation, causes of brick failure, re-pointing, penciling, color washing, brick slips and more. For workshop registration, contact the Blue Grass Trust, 859-253-0362, or email Julie Good, executive director,, or Patrick Kennedy, Heritage Council restoration project manager, 502-564-7005, ext. 138 or

In addition to the Monday evening lecture, a daily morning presentation will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday on-site at Pope Villa prior to hands-on instruction. The morning lectures are free to students and registered participants, or $25 a day for others. Topics will be, Tuesday, Conservative Repair of Historic Brickwork; Wednesday, Lime Mortars for Traditionally Constructed Masonry; and Thursday, Historic Forms of Jointing and Pointing and Successful Re-pointing.

"Dr. Lynch’s visit and workshop are particularly timely, given all the discussion going on now about local preservation issues in Lexington and concerns about the value of preserving historic buildings," said Donna M. Neary, Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer. "With his extensive experience working with structures that are in some cases centuries old, combined with the actual hands-on work being done at the Pope Villa, Dr. Lynch’s message about the value and success of preservation skills training will be evident to observers."

In addition to his dedication to preservation education, Dr. Lynch ( is a widely respected master bricklayer and author. His most recent book, History of Gauged Brickwork: Conservation, Repair and Modern Application, has just been published. He was the keynote speaker for the 2006 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference in Covington and in the U.S. has worked on restoration of the St. Mary’s Chapel in Maryland and is an advisor for President James Madison’s Virginia home, Montpelier. In his home country, his expert opinion is regularly sought for proposed repairs and restoration for many domestic buildings, some of major national importance, such as Hampton Court Palace, The Old Admiralty, The Royal Albert Hall and Windsor Castle. Among his many accomplishments, he is a former head lecturer at Bedford College, where he pioneered a revival of interest in gauged brickwork, a craft skill dating to the Renaissance. In 2007 he was awarded the Askins Achievement Award by his peers at the International Preservation Trades Workshop (

The Monday lecture will take place in the Central Library Theatre on the first floor of the library, 140 East Main Street. Parking is free in the library garage.

NOTE: Dr. Lynch is available for interviews prior to his visit. Please call Diane Comer at the Kentucky Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 120, or email

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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 3/25/2008