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KY Historic Preservation Review Board to consider nine National Register nominations September 3 in Richmond

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 28, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider nine nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during its next meeting at 10 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, September 3 in the Perkins Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.

The board is charged with hearing and approving 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.  An agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the NPS must issue a final determination of listing within 45 days of receiving the nomination.

Nominations to be considered next week include three Greek Revival houses from Taylor County, an iconic Queen Anne residence from Middlesboro and an expansion of Hodgenville’s Commercial Historic District.  [A description of each nomination to be considered follows.]

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 – more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic features.  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.

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

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National Register of Historic Places nominations to be considered September 3 are:

Bell County
Brooks House, 210 Arthur Heights, Middlesboro
– Overlooking historic downtown, the Brooks House was built during the last quarter of the 19th century and is being proposed for listing for its Victorian-era design and status as an icon of Middlesboro’s industrial success.  According to the nomination, the 2½-story house is considered “one of the finest examples of Queen Anne Free Classic architecture erected in southeast Kentucky.”  The house also incorporated technological and comfort features previously unknown in the southeastern part of the state, including gas and electric lighting and steam heat.

Cumberland County
Coe House, 433 N. Main Street, Burkesville
– The Coe House is noted for being significant architecturally as a good local example of Princess Anne styling, a simplified form of Queen Anne, which is a nationally recognized style of the Victorian era.  The house was purchased through a Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog in 1908, the first year the precut homes were available for purchase.  According to the nomination, the two-story frame house features an asymmetrical floor plan and is important for ushering in a new era of simplified home styling, fusing late Queen Anne and early Colonial Revival styles.

Hardin County
Jonathan Hills House, 202 N. Main Street, Elizabethtown
– The Hills House is nominated as significant for its contribution to understanding timber frame construction in Kentucky from 1790 to 1850.  Dating to the early 1820s, the house is constructed with mortise and tenon framing and brick nogging between the studs, consisting of two stories with a root cellar and attic.  The house is known to be the second oldest structure in the city that still stands in its original location, and one of less than 10 oldest structures in the county still located where originally constructed.
LaRue County
Hodgenville Commercial Historic District (Expansion)
– This nomination seeks to expand the boundary of the original commercial historic district, consisting of 11 buildings listed in the National Register in 1988, to an eight-block area totaling 37 contributing buildings dating between 1877 and 1960.  The district is considered significant within the context of the evolution of county courthouse squares in south central Kentucky from 1792 to 1960, displaying trends of community planning and development.  Architecturally, the district’s character is defined primarily by one- and two-story wood-frame and brick commercial buildings constructed on long narrow lots around the public square, with larger lots along the outer edge including the post office, farm supply store and a church now used as city hall.

Marion County
St. Joseph Church, 3300 St. Joe Road, Raywick
– St. Joseph Church and cemetery are being nominated as locally significant in community planning and development as well as religious heritage.  Constructed in 1908, the two-story, wood-frame structure is supported by a stone and mortar foundation.  According to the nomination, logs were cut and hauled to the sawmill by men of the parish and the stones came from a nearby ledge.  Sometime between 1908 and 1923 a one-story, wood-frame addition was constructed to the rear consisting of two rooms – one as a place for traveling pastors to stay and one to hold small masses.  The church was closed in 1996 and today serves as the St. Joe Community Center.

Bradfordsville Christian Church, 101 E. Main Street, Bradfordsville – Now known as the Bradfordsville Performing Arts Center, the church was built in 1896 with a baptistery installed in 1913 and a basement dug out from underneath in 1954 to house classrooms and a kitchen and dining hall.  The two-story, wood-frame Gothic revival church features a bell tower accented by fish scale wood shingles and a pyramidal roof.  The nomination cites the building as “an excellent example of a historic religious facility… that has been adapted to support community activities in rural Marion County.”

Taylor County
All three nominations from Taylor County are two-story, wood-frame homes noted as significant rural examples of Taylor County’s Greek Revival architectural style popular from 1830 to 1850:

Collins Residence, 4639 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville – Constructed in 1851, the Collins Residence is five bays wide and one pile deep, supported by a stone and mortar foundation.  The front of the house is enhanced by a double portico supported by paired, square wood columns and a porch railing with painted wood balusters.  Paired, wood-paneled front doors are surrounded by a decorative leaded glass transom and sidelights.

John Caldwell Home, 105 Colonial Drive, Campbellsville – Constructed by African Americans between 1854 and 1855, the Caldwell Home is five bays wide and two piles deep with a one-and two-story rear addition, supported by a hand-chiseled stone foundation.  The central front entry is enhanced by a double-entry portico supported by square wood columns, and sidelights flank the single, wood-paneled front door.

Emerald Hill, 5025 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville – Constructed in 1860, Emerald Hill is three bays wide and two piles deep.  Stones found on the farm were used to form the foundation.  Exterior features that reflect the vernacular Greek Revival style include a full-height entry portico supported by square wood columns, a low-pitched hip roof and paired wood entry doors with sidelights.

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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.


Last Updated 8/28/2009