Sustaining Kentucky’s heritage through advocacy, education and development.


Preservation Kentucky is a statewide membership-based 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit that advocates the sustainability of our historic buildings, rural landscapes and prehistoric sites. Our primary goals are to help Kentuckians appreciate and maintain their heritage, and understand the economic development benefits of preserving our historic resources for quality of life, heritage tourism, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, and job creation.


“Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.”

Daniel Boone, American Pioneer, Explorer, Frontiersman and Folk Hero

why preserve?

Revitalizing Kentucky’s Heritage
It’s good for the neighborhood, good for the environment and good for the economy. There are financial, cultural, and environmental incentives for incorporating historic preservation into residential, commercial or religious projects.  Historic buildings are adaptable and built to last, making them great incubators for small businesses.  And compared to the rents of new buildings, which are subject to new construction and materials costs, older buildings frequently maintain affordable rents.

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celebrate preservation!

Preservation Matters!

Senate Bill 3035, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), was signed into law on October 15, 1966, and is the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States.  The intention of the NHPA is to preserve historical and archaeological sites; create the National Register of Historic Places; create the list of National Historic Landmarks; and, create State Historic Preservation Offices, including the Kentucky Heritage Council, a government agency now under the Cabinet for Tourism, Arts and Heritage. This landmark legislation has been critical to the preservation of our national and state heritage, and has helped save thousands of historic treasures, neighborhoods and landmarks throughout our country.

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When we build, let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.”

– John Ruskin

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