Staying Power: Rooted in Over-the-Rhine, Gray & Pape's preservation work has nationwide reach

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Gray & Pape, Inc. started at a time when the National Historic Preservation Act was being implemented, which required that projects receiving federal funding and federal licenses needed to take into account their effect or impact on cultural resources--like archaeological sites, historic buildings and cultural landscapes.

Meet the Boss

A native Cincinnatian, Pape is a University of Cincinnati graduate. He holds a graduate degree in anthropology and his father taught physics there. His family's heritage goes back to the region's German settlement. His great-grandfather arrived in 1850; he and his brother founded the Pape Brothers Molding Company, which was located on the canal that is now Central Parkway downtown. That company made picture frames, moldings and mirrors.

Q & A with Kevin Pape

1. Who are your customers?

We do a lot of work for the energy industry, so our clients are natural gas pipeline companies, so their facilities are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In order to build a pipeline from Point A to Point B, you have to get that permit and the permit requires assessment of affect on both natural and cultural resources. We also do a lot of work for the transportation industry as well, so we deal with the Ohio and Indiana Departments of Transportation.

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