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Preservation Kentucky sponsors many educational publications to assist Kentuckians with preserving important historic places.

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    Historic Preservation in Kentucky

    (photo caption: John I Gilderbloom, Erin E. House, and Mathew J. Hanka) The Economics of Historic Preservation in Kentucky, published in partnership with the University of Louisville,  details the economic and social impact of preservation activities in the state. For example,......

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    House in a Box: Prefabricated Housing 1900-1960

    Cynthia Johnson and Rachel M. Kennedy “Imagine selecting a house from a catalogue and having it deleivered in a package complete with windows, doors, trim, and roofing material ready for assembly. The iddea of recieving a house in a box......

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    Roadside Architecture of Kentucky’s Dixie Highways: A Tour Down Routes 31E and 31W

    Edited by Rachel M. Kennedy and William J. MacIntire “The romance of the Old South has left a vivid trail along what is now U.S. Highway 31-Ethrough Kentucky. This 200-mile link in the popular Lakes-to-Gulf, U.S. 31, extends someeight miles......

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    Rural Heritage Development: A Survey of Marion and Washington Counties

    Published in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council, the results of a year-and-a-half long study of rural historic resources in Marion and Washington Counties demonstrates the importance of places such as barns, outbuildings, and crossroad towns, to a sense of place in rural Kentucky.......

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    Window Preservation Standards

    The national Window Preservation Standards book catalogs specific methods for the assessment, maintenance, repair, preservation and weatherization of older and historic wooden windows. Many detailed methods, procedures and materials are included, as well as basic strategies for saving older and......

Preservation Kentucky sponsors many educational publications to assist Kentuckians with preserving important historic places.

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    Archaeological Publications of interest can be found at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey website.  These educational booklets include studies of Kentucky before Euro/African American settlement, such as Kentuckians Before Boone and Adena: Woodland Period Moundbuilders of the Bluegrass. Historic Archaeology is represented......

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    Kentucky Main Street Program Economic Development Impact

      In 2016, 39 participating Kentucky Main Street Programs cumulatively reported $109,741,515 of total investment in these communities, including $75,070,029 of private investment matched by $30,920,494 in public improvements. This total was up significantly from the $76 million of cumulative......

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    Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring how the character of buildings and blocks influence urban vitality

    All across America, blocks of older, smaller buildings are quietly contributing to robust local economies and distinctive livable communities. Buildings of diverse vintage and small scale provide flexible, affordable space for entrepreneurs launching new businesses and serve as attractive settings......

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    One Way or Two? A Case Study of East Breckinridge in Louisville

    William Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP, Wesley Meares, PhD., Zaria Murrell, MD., Samantha Alexis Smith, Brad Cronin, John I. Gilderbloom, PhD The livability of an inner-city neighborhood is greatly impacted by the design of the street in terms of whether......

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    The Greenest Building – Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

      This groundbreaking study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. The report’s key findings......

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    Why We Preserve: Demystifying Historic Preservation Additional Reading List

    Daniel Bluestone. Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 2011.   Andrew Hurley. Beyond Preservation: Using Historic Preservation to Revitalize Inner Cities. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010.   Jane Jacobs. The Death......