WELCOME TO PRESERVATION KENTUCKY

Sustaining Kentucky’s heritage through advocacy and education

 

Historic preservation is an economic driver and development tool that contributes significantly to local, regional and state revenue; quality of life; neighborhood and downtown revitalization; job creation; workforce security; tourism; and, recreational, arts and cultural activities.

 

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 mission is to make Kentucky communities stronger, healthier and economically sustainable.  Our goals are to advocate the economic benefits of historic preservation for revitalization, heritage tourism, community stabilization and jobs; and, to connect Kentuckians with their history by helping them appreciate, maintain and protect their heritage.

 

“Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.”

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

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Revitalizing Kentucky’s Heritage

It’s good for the neighborhood, good for the environment, good for the economy – Preservation is Good Business!  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.  This article examines both the cultural and practical values of old buildings and looks at why preserving them is beneficial not only for a community’s culture, but also for its local economy.

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This Place Matters

by Betsy Hatfield, Executive Director  Preservation Kentucky

 

Kentucky’s historic architecture is as rich in diversity, style, form and function as the topography that has helped shape it.  From the Appalachian Mountains, hilly Pennyroyal and Cumberland Plateau, to the Western Coal Fields, Jackson Purchase and the Bluegrass – the natural beauty of our mountains, meadows, forests, woodlands, waterways and geological formations have provided the setting for some of the country’s most beautiful, interesting and historic places.  Our communities are equally as diverse and tell our varied stories.  River cities, coal mining camps, farmsteads, rural towns, hamlets, railroad villages, Main Streets, courthouse squares, urban neighborhoods and metropolitan downtowns – all with their own personality and sense of place.

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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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