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Original Homes of St. George at Next DSU President’s Colleagues Meeting

September 7, 2015

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

Colleague Richard R. Kohler will open the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University meeting series for the 2015-16 academic year with a presentation about the original homes of St. George.

The meeting will begin at noon on Monday, Oct. 5, in Room 156 of Dixie State’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus, 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

An architect and historian, Kohler is the president of the Washington County Historical Society and a member of the Washington County Recreation Arts and Parks Advisory Board. He is the author of a number of community planning studies. Prior to publishing his most recent book, “A Little Piece of Zion: The St. George Town Lot,” in 2013, Kohler wrote “St. George: Outpost of Civilization” in 2011 to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the 1861 founding of St. George by Mormon colonists.

Kohler’s architectural practice, Kohler Architecture, is geographically and technically diverse with locations ranging from Park City to Las Vegas. He has designed custom homes, resort communities, shopping centers, city halls, county courthouses, schools, churches, parks, trails, pavilions and even chicken coops. Energy, water and landscape conservation, together with historic preservation, have shaped his unique approach to the art of design.

Kohler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and a Master of Architecture from the University of Hawaii. Additionally, he completed postgraduate studies at Harvard University.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University, established more than 20 years ago by former DSU President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. The Colleagues will continue to meet from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Monday of each month through May 2016 to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests.