Kentucky Heritage Council
MEDIA ADVISORY: New National Register sites to be recognized Wednesday in Louisville

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 24, 2007  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

Kentucky Heritage Council

New sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places
to be recognized Wednesday at Portland Wharf Park
Celebration to include Preserve America project kick-off

3:30 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday, September 26
Portland Wharf Park, Louisville

Please join property owners and Donna M. Neary, Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Officer, to present certificates officially recognizing eight new listings in the National Register of Historic Places.

The ceremony is part of an afternoon of activities planned from 3 to 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Portland Museum, themed Over the Floodwall / Back in Time. Following the National Register event, museum officials will kick off Linking Our Heritage to Our Future, a new project funded by a $150,000 Preserve America grant which is being used to create a master plan for interpreting the park and linking it with key neighborhood historic sites along three heritage trails. Throughout the afternoon, archaeologists with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey will be conducting a dig, and beginning at 4 p.m. Shawnee High School students will be on hand to direct visitors and interpret key sites in the park.

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, the Portland branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 3305 Northwestern Parkway, will be the alternate event location. For information about a potential change in location the day of the event, call the Portland Museum at (502) 776-7678.


Jefferson County
Portland Proper, Louisville
– An archaeological site along the Ohio River including Portland Wharf Park and a large part of the area known as Portland Proper, the original town of Portland. The site now consists of the archaeological remains of a once-thriving river town and port – occupied from the 1820s through 1930s – demolished when the floodwall was built.

Mockingbird Valley Historic District – A residential neighborhood five miles east of downtown Louisville consisting of approximately 450 acres bounded by I-71 to the north and Brownsboro Road to the south. The district has 179 contributing structures including houses, outbuildings, a cemetery and private club dating from 1905 through the 1950s in various architectural styles.

Martin Bannon House, 5112 Bannon Crossing – An American Arts and Crafts / Craftsman-style brick home with a glazed brick façade and terra cotta tile roof. The rectangular, 2½-story brick building originally sat on 18.11 acres with landscaped gardens, a pool and carriage house.

The Olympic Apartments, 223 W. Breckinridge Street, Louisville – A mixed-use commercial/residential complex constructed in 1926-27 in the Commercial Craftsman style.

Bourbon County

West Millersburg Rural Historic District – Consisting of small to mid-size farms located primarily along Millersburg-Ruddles Mill Road in eastern Bourbon County. The district encompasses 2,028 acres including 61 contributing buildings and 19 contributing structures, most dating from the mid-19th century to pre-WWII.

Franklin County
(also known as the Trabue-Hoge House) – A 3.35-acre site consisting of a main house, garage, three 20th century outbuildings (a dairy, horse barn and smokehouse) and a dry-laid stone fence. The property was originally part of a 1,000-acre Revolutionary War land grant to John Major, Sr., dating from 1783.

Oldham County
Wooldridge-Rose House, 315 Wooldridge Avenue, Pewee Valley
– A large, two-story, Colonial Revival-style home dating to 1905, constructed with a limestone block foundation, shingle and tin roof and weatherboard siding.

Woodford County
Cleveland House, 140 Park Street, Versailles
– Site of an orphanage originally incorporated as the Cleveland Orphan Home in 1869, which continued in operation through the 1950s. The current home is a 2½-story Dutch Colonial building erected in 1926 on the main foundation of its predecessor, a brick, Classic Revival-style structure dating to 1875.

Kentucky has the fourth highest number of National Register listings in the nation, with more than 3,200 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 program is the official list of the nation’s sites deemed worthy of preservation, recognizing a property's archaeological, architectural or historical significance and providing a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects.  National Register listing or eligibility is also the first step in qualifying for federal and state tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings.

Visitors are asked to park by the floodwall at 31st Street and Northwestern Parkway. Access to Portland Wharf Park is limited, so Louisville TARC bus trolleys will be shuttling visitors to and from the park throughout the afternoon from that location. Media representatives may drive down into the park.

For more information about the event or copies of National Register nominations, contact the Kentucky Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 120 or email Diane Comer at


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.