Kentucky Heritage Council
Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board meeting January 24
Kentucky Heritage Council News Release
Release Date Contact: Diane Comer
IMMEDIATE 502-564-7005, ext. 120
January 23, 2007 email@example.com
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider nominations of three sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and a fourth site seeking a boundary increase and name change, during its next meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 24 at the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public.
Kentucky has the fourth highest number of National Register listings in the nation, with nearly 3,200 listings of districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 41,000 historic features. Administered by the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Offices, the National Register is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Listing recognizes a property's archeological, architectural or historical significance and provides a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects. The Kentucky Heritage Council administers the National Register program in Kentucky.
Nominations to be reviewed at the meeting, by county, are:
Butler County, Carson-Annis Ferry Farm
This nomination of Carson-Annis Ferry Farm proposes listing for a 301-acre farm that includes two properties already on the National Register, the home and site of Carson’s Landing, and the Annis Mound and Village Site. Built by the Mississippian people, the Annis Mound and Village was listed in 1986 in recognition of the important archeological remains there that have been studied since the 1930s. Carson’s Landing was listed in 1998 highlighting the site’s use as a 19th-century steamboat landing. The current nomination focuses on the use of the larger property as a farm from 1904-1956 in the Big Bend area of the Green River.
Franklin County, Weehawken
Weehawken is an architecturally grand house, built around 1860 for prominent Frankfort lawyer S.J. Trabue. The building lays an Italianate decorative scheme over a traditional Greek Revival floor plan. The grounds contain several features from the early-20th century, including outbuildings, when the house was updated with a massive Colonial Revival portico for the Hoge family. Now within an area of post-World War II upscale houses, the home and property is surrounded by an extensive dry-laid stone fence that helps define its historic setting.
Garrard County, Paint Lick Elementary School
When erected in 1912, the Paint Lick School was the first consolidated school in Garrard County, named for the community where the school is located. Educational reformers during the Progressive era looked to school consolidation as a way to increase educational efficiencies, and that trend continues to define school construction today. With additions to the building in 1918, 1934 and 1939, it grew as one- and two-room schools were taken out of service. The high school graduated 650 students from 1912 until it closed in 1964, and the school continued to function as an elementary school until 1992. The property is being remodeled for housing by its owner, John Dupuy.
Madison County, Union Bus Station
The Union Bus Station in Richmond is a plain building that tells a rich story of transportation changes in the first half of the 20th century. Commercial bus companies, personal automobile use, asphalted roads and Kentucky’s tourism industry all burgeoned during the 1930s, capitalizing on the nation’s thirst for travel. This 1932 building retains many historic features that defined the early road-based tourist experience, such as a restaurant, segregated waiting and baggage rooms, and a location near hotels and the emerging system of national and state routes. Owner Walt Ecton is rehabilitating the building for a new use and plans to retain many of its historic features.
The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board is made up of 11 members appointed by the Governor. The review board meets three times a year to review and approve nominations for consideration of listing by the National Park Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our nation’s historic and archeological resources.
Under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Kentucky Heritage Council is authorized to identify and recommend eligible properties for listing in the National Register. To facilitate the nomination process, the Heritage Council maintains an extensive inventory of Kentucky's historic resources and periodically conducts surveys in communities throughout the state. An extensive survey of Marion and Washington counties is currently underway under the auspices of the Rural Heritage Development Initiative, a pilot program in partnership with the Heritage Council, Preservation Kentucky, Inc., the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
National Register listing can be applied to buildings, objects, structures, districts and archaeological sites. Properties proposed for listing must be significant in architecture, engineering, American history or culture, or possess a special role in the development of our country. The status does not affect property ownership rights. Owners of National Register properties may qualify for federal or state tax credits for certified rehabilitation of these properties or by making a charitable contribution of preservation easements.
More information is available by contacting Perry at 502-564-7005, ext. 132 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or see www.heritage.ky.gov/national_register.htm.
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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov