Recording: "The Architect Who Defined the Champion City" by Kevin Rose

Originally broadcasted live on April 6th, 2021.


Join Kevin Rose, historian with the Turner Foundation and national president of the Victorian Society, as he examines the forces that shaped the Champion City and the young architect who made it live up to its name.

In the late-nineteenth century, Springfield, Ohio, grew to become one of the most important centers of industry and invention in America. Money from these innovations created wealth, as well as a pride that the self-championed Champion City was second to none. These industrialists turned to a young local architect, Charles Cregar, to help them realize the dream of the idyllic city. Over his seventeen-year career, Cregar had carte blanche control over the city’s aesthetic, designing nearly every important structure, including the Arcade, Mitchell Block, and City Building and Market.

Kevin Rose is a Historian and Director of Revitalization at the Turner Foundation. Kevin's research focuses on the history of Springfield’s built environment and how architectural sites are interpreted to the public. In addition, Kevin oversees the foundation’s work in historic preservation, cultural tourism, and creative placemaking. Through his work, he gives lectures and tours on history, architecture, and art topics throughout the Midwest. He has researched and developed over forty walking and bicycle tours, with topics ranging from early-Victorian neighborhoods to modern architectural landmarks of the 1970s. Kevin holds B.A. in History from Wittenberg University and M.A. in Interpretive Studies at the University of Leicester in England. He is a founder of the Friends of the Hartman Rock Garden, and Lillian Gish Film Festival. In addition, Kevin serves on the state board of Heritage Ohio. He currently serves as the chair of the Ohio Humanities Council and as the national president of the Victorian Society in America.

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