THE AWARD-WINNING BGT DETOURS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE TOURS OF PLACES YOU MIGHT NOT NORMALLY GET TO SEE, HELPING PEOPLE INTERACT WITH AND LEARN ABOUT SITES THAT MAKE THE BLUEGRASS SPECIAL. FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (AND THE YOUNG AT HEART!), DETOURS ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY* OF THE MONTH AT 5:30 PM*, AND ARE ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (*EXCEPTION BEING HOLIDAYS, WEATHER AND OUT-OF-COUNTY LOCATIONS).
May 1st @ 5:30pm
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation will kick off May’s Preservation Month with a triple-header on Wednesday, May 1st, when we will have our celebration of "America's First Architect" Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s 255th birthday and have our May 1st deTour of three historic buildings.
Please join us as we celebrate the birth of America’s first architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, with a free open house and guided tour of the Latrobe-designed Pope Villa, circa 1813, at 326 Grosvenor Avenue where we will gather at 5:30 pm. In addition to the tour of Pope Villa, the deTour will also include two other nearby properties, the Kentucky Humanities Council Office at 206 East Maxwell, where Bill Goodman, Executive Director of KHC (and former KET host), and Kentucky’s own Abraham Lincoln (KHC Chautauqua performer) will share the history of the building and the mission of the KY Heritage Council. The third deTour site is 200 East Maxwell, which has been converted to Air BnB units.
In addition to street parking, you may also park in the lots of Poage Engineering and Lynn Imaging, both located on East High Street, and walk up Arlington Avenue to Grosvenor Ave.
We will be serving cake and beverages at Latrobe's Pope Villa to celebrate Benjamin Henry Latrobe's birthday! The Social AfterHour will be at Ranada's Bistro & Bar, located nearby at 400 Old Vine St. Lexington, KY. We hope to see you there.
For any question regarding our kickoff to Preservation Month of May deTour, please contact us either by phone: 859-253-0362 or email us at - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you enjoy BGT's free, monthly deTours, we encourage you to become a member of the Blue Grass Trust, a nonprofit advocate for historic preservation, at the deTours rate - individuals under 35 can pay their age for their first year (regular membership starts at $50)