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Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards and Student Photo-Essay Competition winners will be honored Wednesday

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 25, 2010  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

32nd Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards
, sponsored by the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation and presented in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, and presentation of student winners in the 12th Annual Statewide Photo-Essay Competition, sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, Inc. and the Kentucky Heritage Council.
2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26
, Kentucky Governor’s Executive Mansion, Frankfort
Ida Lee Willis Memorial Preservation Awards are presented each May, in observance of National Historic Preservation Month, and recognize those who have demonstrated an understanding of and an appreciation for the value of preserving and reusing Kentucky’s historic and prehistoric resources, whether through the restoration of an important structure or community resource or through a lifetime commitment to encouraging and promoting historic preservation.  The awards are named for the late Ida Lee Willis, who was appointed first executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Commission (now the Kentucky Heritage Council) in 1966.
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The Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award is presented to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of historic preservation in the Commonwealth.  The 2010 recipient is Clyde Reynolds Carpenter of Lexington, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Historic Preservation, who is being honored for his lifelong commitment to preservation and design, his leadership in the UK College of Architecture and his dedication to educating students and others of the value of Kentucky’s built environment.
Preservation Project Awards recognize outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, or other types of projects that have had a positive impact on Kentucky’s built environment.  2010 winners are:

  • Bishop Flaget Log House, Nelson County, for the historically accurate restoration of the earliest structure representing the Catholic faith to be built west of the Allegheny Mountains.
  • The Grand Theatre, Frankfort, in recognition of the restoration of the historic theater in downtown Frankfort and its return to the community as a multi-use performing and visual arts center.
  • Pearce-Wheeler Farm, Hart County, in recognition of owner Bruce Cohen’s commitment to preserving the historic house, barns and outbuildings of the farm, helping to preserve the heritage of Kentucky’s rapidly changing rural landscape.

Service to Preservation Awards honor those who have furthered historic preservation activities or had a positive impact in their communities, including individuals, organizations, public officials, financial institutions, news media, and/or volunteers.  2010 winners are:

  • Charles Cash, Louisville, in recognition of his long service as an architect and administrator for Louisville Metro Government, his work helping to preserve historic buildings and neighborhoods, and a career championing good community planning and design. 
  • Donald Clare, Rabbit Hash, for his commitment to preserving the buildings and heritage of Rabbit Hash and all the time and effort he has committed as an advocate for historic preservation causes throughout Boone County and Northern Kentucky.
  • Susan Dyer, Breckinridge County, for her persistence advocating for the preservation of the Judge Joseph Holt House in rural Breckinridge County, and for all she has done to educate others about his legacy and role in President Abraham Lincoln’s administration.

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Preservation at Work was the theme of the 12th Annual Statewide Photo-Essay Competition, through which students were asked to select a building, site or structure in their community, take a photo and write an essay based on this theme demonstrating how the preservation and reuse of historic buildings not only helps a community preserve its unique heritage, but also creates jobs, puts people to work locally and encourages the preservation of traditional building skills. 
Students were also required to submit a copy of their essay to at least one local decision-maker, such as a mayor or judge-executive, with a goal to stimulate young peoples’ interest in historic preservation and provide an opportunity for them to interact with local leaders regarding its importance to their community.
High School Division (Grades 9-12)
First Place: Samantha Williams
12th Grade, Betsy Layne High School
Ivel, KY
Essay title: A House for Kate
First Runner-Up: Brittany Jelisa Gibson
11th Grade, Betsy Layne High School
Grethel, KY
Essay title: Samuel May House
Middle School Division (Grades 6-8)
First Place: Alicyn Newman
6th Grade, Home school
Scottsville, KY
Essay title: The Roxy Theater
First Runner-Up: Ethan Evans
7th Grade, Drakes Creek Middle School
Bowling Green, KY
Essay title: The Younglove Building: Historic Preservation at Work
Elementary School Division (Grades 1-5)
First Place: Mason Miller
5th Grade, Harlan Independent
Essay title: Portal 31
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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.

Preservation Kentucky is a membership based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Kentucky's historic resources through education and advocacy. Preservation Kentucky provides an important link between the public and private sector and between local communities, state government, and national government and organizations. Education opportunities are offered throughout the year on timely and import preservation topics. PK also helps monitor and promote preservation-friendly legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. By working for the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic properties today, the economic benefits of historic preservation will help to safeguard the unique Kentucky landscape for future generations.



Last Updated 5/25/2010