May is National Historic Preservation Month!

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 10.22.52 PMRiver City Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards

Let’s celebrate! The River Cities, including Bellevue, Dayton, Newport, Covington and Ludlow, are hosting their Excellence in Preservation Awards on May 28 at 6:30 at Corpus Christi Apartments in Newport. It’s when we come together and celebrate the people and projects that move our communities forward while preserving our past, much like our city motto says, “preserving the past, preparing for the future”. This award presentation is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Why do we have a Historic Preservation Ordinance?

In response to the destruction of older buildings and neighborhoods in the immediate post-World War II years, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) signaled America’s commitment to preserving its heritage. In 1987 the City of Bellevue established the Bellevue Historic Preservation Ordinance as a declaration of purpose and public policy on the preservation of historic areas and buildings. The goals include: protecting our historic character; promoting the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the people and safeguard our city’s history and heritage; stabilize and improve property values; foster civic pride, strengthen our economy, protect and enhance our historic assets to residents and visitors that stimulates business; and enhance the visual and aesthetic character and interest of the city.

Think about our historic fabric. When you see wavy glass windows think about how they were handmade over 100 years ago. Those old window sashes and moldings were made out of old growth wood that does not exist in today’s marketplace. Historic ornamentation was created by craftsman by hand. Each piece item helps tell the story and contribute to the beauty and value of Bellevue and Dayton, Kentucky.

Our local historic districts have also helped Bellevue through the economic downturns and when we experienced the impact of the flight to the suburbs. Preservation is an effective community and economic development tool and Bellevue is a great example of proving it works.

Other preservation news

Currently a committee made up of the Bellevue Historic Preservation Commission and users of the Bellevue’s Taylor’s Daughters and Fairfield Avenue Historic Guidelines are working with a contractor, Corn Island Archaeology, to update our guidelines. The National Park Service and Kentucky Heritage Council recommend updating the guidelines periodically. We are fortunate to have received a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant to cover the the cost of the update. We’re excited to be able to enhance what we have to: make the guidelines easier to work with, include contemporary needs and helpful hints, along with adding more illustrations.


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