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.

 

Who we are

A statewide membership-based 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit that facilitates the sustainability of our historic buildings, rural landscapes and prehistoric sites through advocacy and education.

 

Our mission

To make Kentucky communities stronger, healthier and economically sustainable.

 

Our goals

To advocate the economic benefits of historic preservation for community revitalization and resiliency, heritage tourism and workforce security; to provide technical assistance on the methods, materials and treatment of historic properties; and, to connect Kentuckians with their heritage by helping them appreciate, maintain and protect their history.

 

Our programs

Include workshops, webinars, conferences and publications on the economic, community and aesthetic benefits of historic preservation, why preservation is good business, and how it contributes to local and state revenue; quality of life; downtown and neighborhood revitalization; jobs; tourism; and recreational, arts and cultural activities.

 

“Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.”

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

 

“It’s been said that, at its best, preservation engages
the past in a conversation with the present over a
mutual concern for the future.”

William Murtagh, First Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places

 

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why preserve?

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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Why Historic Preservation is Smart Business

Historic Preservation is a Proven Economic Driver and Critical Tool for Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization

 

Preservation Kentucky led the charge in 2005 to establish a state historic preservation tax credit to incentivize the rehabilitation of historic commercial and residential buildings in all 120 counties.  This credit has been responsible for saving hundreds of historic buildings, placing them into service and back on the tax rolls, and leveraging millions in private revitalization spending.

Since the Kentucky historic tax credit was signed into law:

  • 738 buildings across the state have been rehabilitated
  • $433 million of private funds have been invested in historic buildings, leveraged through $33.2 million in credits
  • $1.2 million per commercial project has been invested, and $120,097 per residential project has been invested
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Excellence in Preservation

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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