FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2012) – The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board on Thursday approved eight sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during a meeting at Spindletop Hall in Fayette County.
Spindletop Farm was one of the nominations considered, as were Springview Farm, also in Fayette County; the Bybee House in Glasgow; the “Raccoon” John Smith House in Owingsville; the C&O Railway Depot in Catlettsburg; a Lustron House and Jefferson Jacob School in Metro Louisville; and an expansion of the Jefferson Street-Fountain Avenue Residential District in Paducah.
The review board is charged with evaluating eligibility criteria for National Register nominations from Kentucky prior to their submission to the National Park Service (NPS), which administers the program in partnership with state historic preservation offices, including the Kentucky Heritage Council. Approved nominations are forwarded to the NPS, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, for final determination of eligibility, with a decision required within 45 days of receipt.
Complete nominations and photos are available at the KHC website, www.heritage.ky.gov/natreg/.
The National Register is the nation’s official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation. Kentucky has the fourth-highest number of listings in the nation – following New York, Massachusetts and Ohio. Listing can be applied to buildings, objects, structures, districts and archaeological sites, and proposed sites must be significant in architecture, engineering, American history or culture, or possess a special role in the development of our country.
National Register status does not affect property ownership rights but does provide a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects. Owners of National Register properties may qualify for federal or state tax credits for certified rehabilitation of these properties or by making a charitable contribution of a preservation easement.
National Preservation Month
May is National Preservation Month. Many events are planned across the U.S. to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. According to the National Park Service, $50.8 billion in private investment has been made through Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, 60,000 jobs are created annually through rehabilitation projects and 187,088 units of low- and moderate-income housing have been created.
For more information, call the Heritage Council at 1-502-564-7005, ext. 120, or visit www.heritage.ky.gov.