Kentucky Heritage Council
KY Historic Resources Inventory tops milestone 80,000+ buildings and sites
Surveys document unique information about style, construction
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A registry with detailed information about historic buildings and sites throughout the state has now topped 80,000 entries, according to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office. The Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory includes individual listings of houses, barns and outbuildings, commercial buildings, and landscape features such as rock fences, documented through extensive survey and field work since 1971.
Under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Kentucky Heritage Council is authorized to identify and recommend eligible structures for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic resources inventory was created to facilitate the nomination process by recording the breadth and variety of Kentucky’s built environment and cultural resources.
The Heritage Council adds to this inventory each year by conducting surveys of communities, neighborhoods and counties. In addition to noting a building or structure’s primary function, surveyors record construction date, architect and/or builder, stylistic influences, construction methods and materials, dimensions and major modifications. Each survey is also required to be submitted with a photo of the site. Survey files are maintained in the Heritage Council office and logged in an extensive database.
The entry that topped the 80,000 mark was noted by Data Coordinator Lynn Webb as she logged forms from a comprehensive survey of Marion and Washington counties collected over the last two years. The survey was commissioned through the Rural Heritage Development Initiative, a national pilot project between Preservation Kentucky, Inc., the Heritage Council and National Trust for Historic Preservation, and funded by a federal Preserve America grant to the RHDI.
"It's difficult now to determine exactly which resource was the 80,000th added to the inventory database, but it appears to have been a barn or outbuilding at a farm near Bradfordsville in Marion County," said Heritage Council Survey Coordinator Bill Macintire. "Nearly 6,000 data entries were made in the past year, and at the current rate we may reach 100,000 entries by 2012."
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. As Macintire points out, the strong showing of the National Register program in the state reflects the strength of the historic resources inventory program, as "having good data on historic sites is crucial to the process of selecting and nominating sites to the National Register."
For more information about the survey program, forms and instructions, conducting a survey in your community, or how to obtain information from these files, contact Bill Macintire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-7005, ext. 124. Also visit the Heritage Council Web site, 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 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