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KY Historic Preservation Review Board to consider four National Register nominations Tuesday

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider four nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during its next meeting at 10 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, May 12 at Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street, Frankfort.  The meeting is open to the public.

The review board is charged with considering nominations to the National Register, administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and state historic preservation offices, including the Kentucky Heritage Council.  Nominations approved by the review board are forwarded for final consideration to the NPS, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which issues a final determination within 45 days of receiving the forms.

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 National Register listings in the nation – more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic features.  Nominations to be considered Tuesday are:

Clark and Fayette Counties
Upper Reaches of the Boone Creek Rural Historic District
along N. Cleveland, Winchester, Becknerville, Combs Ferry and Sulphur Well roads – This district meets National Register criterion for its association with traditional agricultural practices in the Inner Bluegrass region between 1790 and 1958, centering largely on cattle, tobacco, hay and cereal grains.  Historic buildings, structures, sites and landscape patterns within the district boundaries exhibit qualities of diversified farming practices that coincide with major shifts in agricultural inclinations as they occurred in central Kentucky.  The district is also noted for the distinctive domestic and agricultural architecture within its boundaries, typical of traditional and popular agricultural archetypes and construction methodologies throughout Kentucky.

Franklin County
Central Frankfort Historic District
, various streets, Frankfort –
This nomination would expand and combine three existing National Register districts (Corner in Celebrities, Frankfort Commercial, and Old Statehouse historic districts) into one, the Central Frankfort Historic District, which encompasses approximately 19 square blocks and 401 contributing resources (109 of these added in the expansion).  Contributing resources date from 1795 through 1961 with the district significant for its association with the broad patterns of politics and government in Kentucky; because of the broad spectrum of individuals whose contributions played an undisputed role in the history of the community, state and nation; and because of the variety of architectural styles and noted architects represented throughout the district.

Garrard County
Bowman House
, 1596 Bowmans Bottom Road, Lancaster vicinity – The Bowman House is noted for being a non-high-style Federal-era home that assists in understanding the tenets of house design in Garrard County from 1800 to 1830, when Greek Revival design began to become more pronounced than earlier house forms.  Design elements include deep-red brick of uniform size laid in a Flemish bond pattern, a central hall plan, a second floor layout that matches the first, a broad front façade and distinctive woodwork.

Shelby County
Henton-Scearce House
, 212 Adams Pike, Shelbyville vicinity – Dating from 1850, the Henton-Scearce House reflects a standard Greek Revival floor plan and is one of few two-story, brick, center-passage, single-pile houses identified as being built in Shelby County between 1840 and 1865.  Its architectural features include a three-bay front façade, mortared stone foundation, a rear ell and the original walnut louvered shutters.

National Register 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.  The 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 preservation easements.

For more information, call the Heritage Council at 502-564-7005, ext. 120, or visit

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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 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.


Last Updated 5/11/2009