by Betsy Hatfield, Executive Director, Preservation Kentucky
Placemaking – the management of our spaces, our inspirations and the assets that make our communities special and contribute to our health, happiness and well-being.
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.
Practically every style of American architecture is represented in Kentucky’s built environment: Federal farmhouses, shotgun houses, Georgian and Greek Revival mansions, log cabins, stucco bungalows, cast iron and brick Victorian warehouses, colonial cottages, classical stone buildings – all visible reminders of what distinguishes us, shapes our history, influences our qualify of life and inspires our collective, community spaces.
How we protect our historic buildings, prehistoric places and landscapes is placemaking.
The National Trust’s This Place Matters campaign, created in 2008 as a way for people to shine a spotlight on the historic places that play a role in their lives, is especially meaningful as we’ve recorded more than 50 years of preservation progress since the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the milestone legislation that officially galvanized our country into action with national placemaking to legally, consciously and collectively preserve our historic places.
It’s also been more than 50 years since the formation of our state partner, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the government agency that has been statewide placemaking, assisting individuals, communities and local governments in making historic preservation an important component of comprehensive community planning.
Daniel Boone said ” Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” Jesse Stuart called Kentucky the heart of America. We call Kentucky home. All who live, work and visit here experience the treasures, the assets, the places we value, and the places that define us. Places that need protecting.
Why We Preserve: Demystifying Historic Preservation, with Daniel Vivian, PhD, Public History Professor, University of Louisville
Why Preservation is Important for Economic Development, with Joseph Klare, MBA, Director of Real Estate Finance and Investment, The Catalytic Fund
How to Apply for a Kentucky Fund Grant, with Diana Maxwell, National Trust for Historic Preservation