Kentucky Heritage Council
Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board to meet Wednesday in Bardstown
Board reviews, recommends nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider nominations of seven sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during its next meeting at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the Nelson County Public Library Community Room, 201 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown.
The 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 (KHC). 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 from the council.
Nominations to be considered include a boundary increase for the Bardstown Historic District, Morris Fork Presbyterian Church and Community Center in Breathitt County, the Hal Price Headley Sr. House in Fayette County (resubmitted with revisions), Arcadia Apartments in Jefferson County, Woodstock in Todd County, and Bradfordsville Christian Church and St. Joseph Church in Raywick, Marion County (both resubmitted with revisions).
[A description of each nomination to be considered follows. Nominations may also be accessed 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 – 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 www.heritage.ky.gov.
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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
Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places to be considered at the September 8 Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board meeting are:
Morris Fork Presbyterian Church and Community Center, 908 Morris Fork Road, Morris Fork – The Morris Fork Presbyterian Church, community center/manse and associated buildings and structures were developed from 1927-1960 as the Presbyterian mission in Morris Fork grew. Four buildings and three structures are proposed for listing on this 3.58 acre property, including the church, community center and manse, a rock house and stable. The church is a one-story wood L-shaped frame building with a rusticated stone foundation, built in 1929 and expanded in 1956. The property is being nominated under National Register Criterion A, and is significant within the historic context of “Mission Work in Eastern Kentucky, 1870-1960.”
Hal Price Headley Sr. House, 1236 Standish Way, Lexington – Dating to 1957, the Headley House sits upon land that was formerly the Beaconsfield Stud Farm and was constructed in the heart of The Colony, a mid-20th century residential neighborhood developed when the stud farm was sold and subdivided in the late 1940s. The home is a 1½ -story dwelling styled in French Provincial Revival architecture with a steep hip roof and a central recessed entry. The interior also shows French revival style with oak floors, finely detailed woodwork and extensive built-ins. The home was built by prominent horseman Hal Price Headley Sr. and is the only known example of the work of the prominent architectural firm Polhemus and Coffin in Kentucky. Its architectural significance is proposed within the context of “French Provincial Revival and Colonial Revival designs of Polhemus and Coffin, 1925-1965.”
Arcadia Apartments, 1422 Arcadia Court, Louisville – Comprising 68 two-story apartment buildings constructed in 1950-51, the Arcadia Apartments complex was built to satisfy a growing post-World War II need for moderately priced rental housing. It is located in southwest Louisville in an area commonly referred to as the Taylor-Berry Neighborhood, with all buildings from the original complex still standing. According to the nomination, the apartments are “a good example of the large multi-family garden apartment property type in Louisville… Its plan follows principles of the Garden City movement. And while some architectural features are drawn from Colonial Revival, the spare ornament on its exterior seems drawn more from Modernist than revival influences. These two significant approaches to large-scale design use would shape the experience of individual housing and community life in the latter 20th century urban America.”
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.”
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.
Bardstown Historic District (boundary increase) – The Bardstown Historic District was listed in the National Register in 1983 as a mixed-use historic district of approximately 34 blocks with 208 contributing buildings and five contributing sites. The present application proposes to expand the district boundary to encompass 365 commercial, residential, religious, governmental, educational and public properties, 252 of which contribute to a sense of place and time for the period of significance 1795-1960. The district demonstrates the process of town planning by its grid of streets and parallel alleys, created on paper in 1789 and enacted over time as owners developed their lots. A courthouse square offers a focal point within the cityscape, and the early commercial core – established by 1815 – remains intact within the district.
Woodstock, 6338 Clarksville Road, Trenton vicinity – Located in southwest Todd County, less than a quarter mile north of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, the area proposed for listing features a home on 7.4 acres. It is being interpreted for its association with Dorothy Dix, an important writer from the late-19th/mid-20th century. Woodstock is a brick dwelling that grew in several building campaigns, starting as a southward-facing house with a central passage plan around 1830. The property is being listed under National Register Criterion B, associated with the lives of persons significant in our past. The Period of Significance (1896-1918) is chosen to indicate the time when Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer became an important national and international figure in the world of journalism, working under the professional name Dorothy Dix.