Preservation Kentucky’s newsletter, Columns, is published biannually. We encourage you to submit information regarding preservation events, news, and other issues of interest to the statewide preservation community. Please contact Executive Director Betsy Hatfield with this information. 

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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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    2017 National Sign-On Letter to Protect the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit

    Numbers matter to lawmakers!  Congress’ proposed A Better Way Tax Reform package could eliminate the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit.  Make your voice heard by signing this national letter to protect the Federal HTC from repeal and preserve a significant economic development......

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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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    Arranging a Congressional Visit

    Build support for the Federal and Kentucky State Historic Tax Credits by inviting legislators to tour a tax credit project in your community – or one nearby.  Site visits speak volumes! They illustrate how a renovated historic property positively impacts......

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    Impact of Federal Historic Tax Credit Projects in KY

    A total of 345 Federal Historic Tax Credit projects generated more than $500million in total development between 2001 through 2016, creating 9,583 jobs, generating more than $11.8million in local taxes, and generating more than $15.8 million in state taxes.  ......

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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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    Preserve and Enhance the Federal Historic Tax Credit Talking Points

    These Talking Points illustrate how the Federal HTC encourages private investment; creates jobs; benefits local communities; grows local economies; and, returns more to the Treasury than it costs.  Share these with decision makers, legislators, developers, historic building owners and others......

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    Proposed Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2017

    The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act  (HTCIA) of 2017, S425/HR1158, makes long overdue changes to the Federal HTC to further encourage building reuse and redevelopment in small, midsize and rural communities.  It also makes the rehabilitation of community projects like......

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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......