The next time you're enjoying a concert at the National Theater on Broad Street, thank someone like Andrew K. Clark.
The 35-year-old is big into the preservation of historic Richmond buildings. As member of the Historic Richmond Foundation, he helped prepare the National building on Broad Street for renovation into an entertainment venue. The LeClairRyan business lawyer also helped preserve the Patterson-Schutte House and Monumental Church, which was built in 1814 after a fire killed 72 at a theater on the site, including Gov. George W. Smith.
“We've been able to get some traction” in historic renovation, says Clark, who was president of the Historic Richmond Foundation's education-oriented Quoit Club from 2001 to 2006. A graduate of law school at the University of Richmond in 2000, the lawyer is expert with using historic tax credits to renovate buildings.
He's also spent time saving history that isn't so brick-and-mortar. Clark helped start and serves on a nonprofit that works to preserve the history of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.
He gets traction as a serious runner too. Clark's finished eight marathons, including Richmond, New York (twice) and Chicago. He's also a cyclist who pedals Skyline Drive. And he shares his passions as a member of the Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers, serving as legal counsel and helping support the annual SunTrust Richmond Marathon and Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K.
Clark got married last week in Charleston, S.C. The venue? A historic building, of course.