Architect John Reddick Keynotes Preservation Bath’s Annual Lecture and Awards

I had the pleasure of sitting down with John T. Reddick, architect and the keynote speaker for the upcoming Preservation Bath Lecture and Awards Ceremony. The Preservation Bath Lecture, scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2024, in The Parrish Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, Virginia. John’s talk is titled “The Pools and their African American Legacy.”

John’s journey began in the culturally rich neighborhood of Mount Airy in Philadelphia. His passion for architecture, history, and cultural heritage was sparked by transformative trips to Bath County, his father’s birthplace, and a trip to New York City in the early 60’s.

We chatted about his educational journey, from The Ohio State University to Yale University, where he honed his craft and deepened his understanding of the intersection between architecture, art history and culture. His move to New York City marked a pivotal moment, as he immersed himself in the vibrant community of Harlem, finding inspiration in its architectural landscape and rich cultural tapestry. Follow the link below to hear about John’s experiences, insights, and the legacy of African American culture and heritage within The Pools.


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Danny Cardwell

Danny is the Station Coordinator for WCHG, and the host of our gospel and country hours on Wednesdays 10:00 am to noon. He and his wife Renee Cardwell live with a spoiled dog (Toddie) in Hot Springs. Danny is a Deacon at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Hot Springs. He operates and is a site administrator and featured writer for the website He has been a frequent contributor to The Hal Ginsberg Morning Show, All Politics Are Local, and Politics Done Right. Danny has tutored, lectured, and mentored at risk youth in churches, group homes, and inside the Virginia Department Corrections. He serves on the board of directors for Preservation Bath and chairs the Bath Community Hospital Patient Advisory board.

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