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BGT Holiday Party
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).
LEXINGTON FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (QUAKERS)
Join us Wednesday, December 5, at 5:30 pm for our BGT deTour of The Lexington Friends Meeting House (Quakers),
located at 649 Price Ave,
off of West Sixth Street, near Delcamp Street, in Lexington.
Parking is available in the Friends lot, and on the street.
As always, BGT deTours are free & open to all.
Each year in December, BGT deTours has selected a church, synagogue, or spiritual house of worship to visit. This year's December deTour will take us to a wonderfully unique "meetinghouse". The Lexington Friends Meeting House (Quakers) purchased their current location at 649 Price Avenue, in 2000. The building had been a church before but required substantial renovations in order to meet the needs of the Friends congregation. In 2012, the Friends began the renovation process for the building and in 2014 completed the changes and began to hold regular services. The renovation was carried out by the building's architect of note Van Meter Pettit, with the interior design details done by Prajna Design & Construction, both located in central Kentucky. As always, BGT deTours are free and open to all.
The meetinghouse was designed with the Quaker value of seeking one's “inward light” resulting in the interior having a large amount of natural light, and each room has some form of transparency from one to the other. In addition to its unique design concept, the renovation of the meetinghouse was done completely by using recycled material from the property. This includes the flooring used as wood paneling, scrap wood formed together for counters and tables, and even clay found on the property, which was used for the back-splash for the kitchen sink.
Because of the Meetinghouse’s reuse of materials for its extensive renovation the property is eligible to be listed as the first US Green Building Council LEED-certified house of worship in Kentucky.
For our December 5th deTour of the Lexington, Friends Meeting House will gather within the entrance of the building at 5:30 pm, and begin at 5:45 pm. The deTour will begin with a brief BGT introduction, we will then turn it over to a representative of the Friends, and those involved in the design and renovation process, including Van Meter Pettit, and Garry Murphy of Prajna, who will share more information about the property and the process of its design and construction.
Parking for the Dec. 5 deTour is available in the Lexington Friends Meeting House parking lot, in addition to available street parking along Price Avenue.
After the deTour, we hope you will join us for the social After Hour at nearby West Sixth Brewery, which is within easy walking distance from the "meetinghouse." West Sixth Brewery is located at 501 West 6th Street.
For any question regarding the upcoming deTour please call or email the BGT at email@example.com.
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Founded in January 2011, 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, BGT deTours is always held 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). A social AfterHour at a nearby pub or restaurant usually follows deTours. If you have any questions or have ADA accessibility needs for deTours, please contact the BGT at 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)