It’s National Preservation Month and the River Cities are Celebrating!

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.35.12 PMNorthern Kentucky, May 20, 2015 – This year Dayton is joining the cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Ludlow to celebrate historic preservation.  On Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. the River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be held at the Corpus Christi Apartments, located at 840 Isabella Street in Newport, KY.  The public is invited to learn about the award-winning properties and the people who contribute to preserving our historic assets.  Light refreshments will be served.  There are parking lots available for use adjacent to the building.

For the first time, the river cities are collectively presenting an award, The River City Hero Award, to Carl Fox for identifying stolen windows and contacting local police that resulting in the windows being returned to the homes they were stolen from.  Theft and salvaging as well, negatively impact our neighborhoods and creating awareness and encouraging action are important steps in the prevention of these losses.

Vicki Birenberg, the Kentucky Heritage Council‘s CLG and Planning Coordinator shares insight about why we embrace preservation by saying, “Historic Preservation honors our legacy while paving the way toward the future.  It is both a tool and a strategy – for keeping our past relevant, for enhancing and revitalizing our communities, and improving our quality of life…”  Attendees will learn how the honored projects help revitalize our community.  A perfect way to celebrate National Preservation Month, a month long campaign that celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s, cities and states and encourages involvement in and connection to the growing historic preservation movement.

Covington Winners Include:
Exterior Restoration – Residential: Shotgun Row, Center for Great Neighborhoods
Exterior Restoration – Mixed-Use/Commercial: The CoSign Project, The Haile Foundation and American Sign Museum
Rehabilitation – Residential:  Market Street Lofts (209-211 W. Pike Street), Orleans Development
Rehabilitation – Mixed-Use/Commercial: Bouquet Restaurant (519 Main Street), Steven Williams
Stewardship: Historic Linden Grove Cemetery, Rick Ludlum

Newport Winners Include:
Rehabilitation Residential: 644 Linden Ave- JF II Corp/ Brett Zyromski, Owner
Rehabilitation Adaptive Reuse: 601 Overton Street- Heather Byer
Historic Restoration:  822 Park Ave.- Brian & Jenn Malone
Legacy Commercial: 647 Monmouth St.- Heritage Bank
Historic Craftsman: Herbert Hambuch

Bellevue Winners Include:
Leader in Preservation: Ed Kohrs (posthumous)
Stewardship: 318 Division Street, Sacred Heart Church/Divine Mercy Parish

Dayton Winner:
Charlie Tharp Preservation Award:  Tina Neyer

Ludlow Winners Include:
Dave and Joetta Hines Residence, 411 Closson Court
Josh Boone Residence, 423 Elm Street
Cluster renovations:
Lesley Amann, 208 Adela Avenue
Tom and Joy Amann, 210 Adela Avenue
Brandon and Becky Amann, 214 Adela Avenue

Pictures are available upon request.  For more information on the River Cities Historic Preservation Awards contact: Jody Robinson at (859) 292-4220.


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