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Jeffrey Darbee and Nancy Recchie, husband and wife, formed Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. in 1980. With backgrounds in history, American studies, and architectural history, Benjamin D. Rickey & Co.’s principals are experienced and well-versed in the broad range and rich history of American architectural design.

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Jeffrey Darbee Resume

Jeffrey Darbee is a principal partner of Benjamin D. Rickey & Co.  Mr. Darbee established the consulting business with his wife, Nancy Recchie 1980.  His consulting work has been varied and has included working with community organizations, volunteers, neighborhood groups, public officials and private developers.

Education
B.A. American Civilization, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1970

Experience
1974-1980 – Historian and Grants Manager, Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Ohio Historical Society where he worked in all phases of preservation, including documenting resources through the Ohio Historic Inventory and  National Register of Historic Places; Section 106 reviews; administration of over 100 federal preservation grants; and technical training in historic preservation.

1980-Present – Established Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. with wife, Nancy Recchie. Benjamin D. Rickey & Co., a consulting firm specializing in historic preservation. Areas of expertise include working on over 100 certified rehabilitation projects using the federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit; serving as preservation consultant on major public building projects; conducting training workshops for real estate professionals, preservation organizations, local governments and design review boards; writing publications on architecture and history topics; developing design guidelines for communities; and writing text for interpretive displays and exhibits.

Volunteer Activities
Board Member, Midwest Railroad Research Center Advisory Board, Indiana Historical Society
Member, The Lexington Group in Transportation History
Member, Society for Industrial Archeology
Founding Board Member, Columbus Landmarks Foundation
Past Board Member, Ohio Preservation Alliance
Past Board Member, Preservation Action
Past Board Member, Downtown Ohio Inc.
Past Board Member, Columbus Architecture Foundation
Past Board Member, Columbus Historical Society
Past Board Member, St. Joseph Montessori School

Awards
Outstanding Person Award, Columbus Landmarks Foundation

Additional Resume & Experience
Jeffrey Darbee is highly qualified individual with over 39 years of experience in the fields of historic preservation and community planning. Responsible for the day-to-day administration and implementation of eight to twelve projects at a given time.  Strengths include the following:

•    Working effectively in both independent and collaborative work environments
•    Working with developers & architects ensuring rehabilitation designs meet Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for  Rehabilitation for historic tax credits
•    Excellent writing and public speaking skills
•    Keeping up to date on current trends in historic preservation, urban development and rural conservation
•    Seeking out new and challenging projects
•    Extensive knowledge of railroad and industrial history, especially in the Midwest
•    Managing multiple projects and meeting all deadlines

Professional Experience
•    Preparing comprehensive surveys and preservation strategies for a number of Ohio communities
•    Writing design guidelines

  • Assisting property owners and developers in obtaining federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits.

•    Advising architects on rehabilitation and additions to significant public buildings including the National Historic Landmark Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
•    Developing educational programs for design review commissions, real estate professionals, community leaders, and downtown revitalization programs
•    Conducting Section 106 reviews for cellular phone companies and the Ohio Department of Transportation, among others.
•    Publications on architectural history, history and historic preservation topics.

Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Columbus, Ohio – 1974-1980
Mr. Darbee worked at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office as both staff historian and grants manager, which gave him the opportunity to gain broad experience during the early formative years of the state and federal historic preservation programs.
Work experience includes:
•    Conducted early history and architecture surveys for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office
•    Conducted Section 106 Reviews
•    Administered the federal historic preservation grant program for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office
•    Developed the Ohio Historic Inventory form

Selected Presentations and Publications
• “Selling Historic Properties –Economic Development Tools to Make it Work” Course certified by the
Ohio Department of Commerce for continuing education credits for real estate professionals, 2000-present.
• “History of Planning in Downtown Columbus – the Preservationist Viewpoint
Columbus State Community College – three lecture series, 2005.
• “Communities of Distinction” Keynote Address at Indiana Historic Preservation Conference,
French Lick, Indiana, October 2000.
• Guest Lecturer on Trans-Atlantic Cruise, Queen Elizabeth II, June, 1997.
Presentations included  “Communities of Distinction” and “Elements of Architecture; Variations Through History.”
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. AIA Guide to Columbus.  Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2008.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Murdock, Eugene, C. Ohio The Buckeye State – An Illustrated History. Sun Valley, California, American Historical Press, 2007.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. German Columbus. Arcadia Publishing Company, 2006.
• Darbee, Jeffrey. Columbus Union Station. Columbus: Columbus Historical Society, 2004.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Checklist for Change: Growing Inward, Rebuilding the Center City. Columbus, Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Club, Columbus Urban Growth Corporation, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, 2000.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Bath Township Design Guidelines. Bath Township, Ohio: Bath Township (Summit County) Trustees, 2000.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Old Dublin Design Guidelines. Dublin, Ohio: City of Dublin, 2000.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Columbus. Columbus, Ohio:        Greater Columbus Arts Council, 1998.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Hilltop USA: History and Homes. Columbus, Ohio: Greater Hilltop Area Commission, 1984.
• Darbee, Jeffrey, Recchie, Nancy, Williams, Judy. “The Economic Importance of Downtowns” Cities and Villages. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Municipal League, April, 1984.
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Nancy Recchie Resume
Nancy Recchie is a principal partner of Benjamin D. Rickey & Co.  Nancy is a highly qualified individual with over 33 years of experience in the fields of historic preservation and community planning. Responsible for the day-to-day administration and implementation of eight to twelve projects at a given time.  Strengths include the following:

•    Working effectively in both independent and collaborative work environments
•    Facilitating committees, public meetings and workshops
•    Excellent writing and public speaking skills
•    Conducting extensive research using both traditional and electronic sources
•    Keeping up to date on current trends in historic preservation, urban development and rural conservation
•    Seeking out new and challenging projects
•    Managing multiple projects and meeting all deadlines

Professional Experience
Co-Owner, Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. – 1980-present
Ms. Recchie established the consulting business with husband, Jeffrey Darbee, in 1980. Her consulting work has been varied and has included working with community organizations, volunteers, neighborhood groups, public officials and private developers.

Work experience includes:
• Preparing comprehensive surveys and preservation strategies for a number of Ohio communities;
• Writing design guidelines;
• Advising architects on rehabilitation and additions to significant public buildings including the National Historic Landmark Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland;
• Working with the Ohio Arts Council to establish Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area, an Ohio designated regional heritage area program in the state’s 29 Appalachian counties;
• Facilitating community planning efforts;
• Developing educational programs for design review commissions, real estate professionals, community leaders, and downtown revitalization programs;
• Developing public policies about public art for the Ohio Statehouse and the Columbus riverfront;
• Coordinating the selection of public art for the Columbus Metropolitan Library system and the Supreme Court of Ohio;
• Teaching graduate level class on historic preservation at The Ohio State University.

Central Ohio Regional Preservation Officer – 1976-1980
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
& Columbus Landmarks Foundation
Columbus, Ohio

Ms. Recchie established the first regional historic preservation office in central Ohio as part of the Ohio’s official state preservation agency.

Work experience includes:
• Coordinating all preservation activities in an eight-county region
• Documenting historic resources through surveys and National Register nominations
• Providing technical preservation assistance to architects, developers and property owners
• Developing public outreach programs targeting government agencies, regional planning    agencies, neighborhood and downtown organizations and preservation organizations.
• Participating in the creation of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation (a non-profit preservation organization in Columbus, Ohio) and becoming the organization’s first full-time employee.

Education
Ohio Dominican College, B.A., 1973
University of Virginia, Master of Architectural History, 1976

Awards and Honors
Resolution from the Ohio House of Representatives, 1978
President’s Award, Junior League of Columbus, 1987
Outstanding Person Award, Columbus Landmarks Foundation, 1997
Dominican Values and Service Award, Ohio Dominican University, 2008

Volunteer Activities
Member, Board of Trustees, Ohio Dominican University
President, Ohio Dominican University Alumni Association
Board Member, Ohio Humanities Council
Board Member, Ohio Citizens for the Arts
Past Chair, Burkhart Mural Task Force, Columbus Historical Society
Past Chair, James B. Recchie Design Award, Columbus Landmarks Foundation
Past President and Honorary Trustee, Columbus Landmarks Foundation
Past Board Member, Ohio Preservation Alliance
Past Member, Columbus Historic Resources Commission
Past Board Member, Friends of the Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Past Board Member, Ohio Decorative Arts Association

Selected Presentations and Publications
• “Selling Historic Properties –Economic Development Tools to Make it Work” Course certified by the Ohio Department of Commerce for continuing education credits for real estate professionals,     2000-present.
• “Public Art for Columbus” Participated in panel discussion, Columbus Public Art Summit, Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities, Ohio State University, November, 2006.
• “History of Planning in Downtown Columbus – the Preservationist Viewpoint” Columbus State Community College – three lecture series, 2005.
• “Communities of Distinction” Keynote Address at Indiana Historic Preservation Conference, French Lick, Indiana, October 2000.
• “Funding Opportunities and Collaborative Partnerships for Trails” Ohio Rails to Trails Conference, May, 2002.
Moderator for “Art, Artifacts and Furnishings” The Historic County Courthouse Conference, American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, November 1997.
• “Regional Heritage Area Development” National Association of State Arts Agencies Annual Meeting, Memphis Tennessee, November, 1996.
• “Ohio Courthouses – An Overview” and “Arts, Memorabilia, Artifacts and Furnishings in Historic Courthouses” The Courthouse Reconsidered – a Statewide Symposium Celebrating Ohio Courthouse, Ohio Preservation Alliance, June, 1994.
• Guest Lecturer on Trans-Atlantic Cruise, Queen Elizabeth II, June, 1997.  Presentations included  “Communities of Distinction” and “Elements of Architecture; Variations Through History.

Publications
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. AIA Guide to Columbus. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2008.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Little Cities of Black Diamonds. Arcadia Publishing Company, 2009.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. German Columbus. Arcadia Publishing Company, 2006.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Checklist for Change: Growing Inward, Rebuilding the Center City. Columbus, Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Club, Columbus Urban Growth Corporation, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, 2000.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Grandview Heights Design Guidelines. City of Grandview Heights, Ohio, 2009.• Darbee, Jeffrey, Recchie, Nancy, Loversidge, Robert. Miami University Campus Heritage Plan. Getty Foundation for Miami University, 2009.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Bath Township Design Guidelines. Bath Township, Ohio: Bath Township (Summit County) Trustees, 2000.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Old Dublin Design Guidelines. Dublin, Ohio: City of Dublin, 2000.
• Recchie, Nancy. Telling Our Story, Building Our Future – A Handbook for Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area.  Marietta, Ohio: Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area, 1999.
• Clark, James and Recchie, Nancy. Public Art Policy Recommendations for the Columbus Riverfront. Columbus, Ohio: Riverfront Commons Corporation and Greater Columbus Arts Council, 1999.
• Recchie, Nancy.  A Policy for the Selection, Design and Placement of Monuments, Memorials and Public Art at the Ohio Statehouse. Adopted by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, 1998.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Columbus. Columbus, Ohio: Greater Columbus Arts Council, 1998.
• Recchie, Nancy ed. Goals for a Better Built Environment. Columbus, Ohio: Columbus Landmarks Foundation, 1988.
• Darbee, Jeffrey and Recchie, Nancy. Hilltop USA: History and Homes. Columbus, Ohio: Greater Hilltop Area Commission, 1984.
• Darbee, Jeffrey, Recchie, Nancy, Williams, Judy. “The Economic Importance of Downtowns” Cities and Villages. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Municipal League, April, 1984.

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