Louis Blanchard Bethune was the first American woman known to have worked as a professional architect. She and her husband, a fellow architect, ran their own firm in Buffalo called Bethune, Bethune & Fuch’s. Her best-known design and masterpiece is the 1904 French Renaissance Revival Hotel Lafayette located in the heart of downtown Buffalo. The recent rehabilitation of the Hotel Lafayette launched Buffalo’s current architectural renaissance. Meet Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Buffalo architect who is writing the definitive biography on Louise Bethune and Jonathan Morris, Principal at Carmina Wood Morris, DPC, the restoration architects for the Hotel Lafayette. Kelly will share her unique understanding of Louise Bethune’s life and architecture while Jonathan shows us how he transformed what had become a “fleabag hotel” into luxury apartments and a boutique hotel that complements the historic building.
(This is event is part of the "Queen City Pop-Ups" for 2018. Buffalo got the nickname “Queen City” at the turn of the 20th century for being the second largest city in New York State and its most prosperous. Today, with Buffalo undergoing a remarkable architectural and economic renaissance, primarily due to the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, we would like to offer APT conference-goers unique opportunities throughout the conference to experience Buffalo’s world-class architecture and hip culture. Pop-Ups are free to attend, offering out-of-the-box fun, events. Be prepared to be wowed! (Pop-Ups will not provide continuing education credits.)
Meet at the Downtown Central Library (1 Lafayette Sq.), “Ring of Knowledge,” First Floor. Lecture will be followed by a tour across the street at the Hotel Lafayette.
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