Kentucky Heritage Council
KY Historic Preservation Review Board approves 4 sites, 4 historic districts for National Register listing today; nominations now go to the National Park Service for final determination
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved four sites and four historic districts for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during a meeting at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 26, at Springfield Opera House, 124 W. Main St.
The historic districts are included in a Multiple Property Documentation Form encompassing the crossroads communities of Mackville and Willisburg in Washington County, and Loretto and Gravel Switch in Marion County. Historic sites survey work and preparation of the National Register nomination were funded by a Preserve America grant through the membership-based nonprofit organization Preservation Kentucky Inc. Other nominations being considered are St. James AME Church, 124 E. Walnut St., and Second Street Christian Church, 228 S. Second St., Danville; Attucks High School, 712 First St., Hopkinsville; and Amburgey Log Cabin, 105 Dead Mare Branch, in the Mallie area of Knott County.
The review board is charged with evaluating eligibility criteria for National Register nominations from Kentucky prior to their submission to the National Park Service (NPS), which administers the program in partnership with state historic preservation offices, including the Kentucky Heritage Council. Approved nominations are forwarded to the NPS, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, for final determination of eligibility, with a decision required within 45 days of receipt.
A meeting agenda and complete nominations and photos are available at the KHC website, www.heritage.ky.gov/natreg/.
The National Register is the nation’s official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation. Kentucky has the fourth-highest number of listings in the nation – following New York, Massachusetts and Ohio. Listing can be applied to buildings, objects, structures, districts and archaeological sites, and proposed sites must be significant in architecture, engineering, American history or culture, or possess a special role in the development of our country.
National Register status does not affect property ownership rights but does provide a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects. 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 a preservation easement.
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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites 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