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

Honoring Notable Projects and People in Preservation

In celebration of National Preservation Month and the 50th anniversary of the National Preservation Act the cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Ludlow are gathering to recognize excellence in historic preservation in their communities.  On Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. the River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be held at the City of Ludlow City Building, located at 51 Elm Street (Route 8) in Ludlow, 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.  On-street parking is available with additional parking available at Riverside Marketplace at 106 Elm Street (Route 8), 1/2 block west of the City Building.

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.  The awards are 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.  Historic preservation in the river cities is the driving force of economic and community development.

Covington Winners Include:
Exterior Restoration – Mixed-Use: The Doctors Building, M-Ventures
Rehabilitation – Commercial:  602 Main Street, Emily Palmer Wolff and Paul Weckman
Stewardship: Historic Linden Grove Cemetery, Rick Ludlum
Karen and Peter Rafuse Memorial Award: Lisa Sauer
Project Excellence Award, The Mutual Building, Mutual Building LLC

Newport Winners Include:
Rehabilitation Adaptive Reuse: 634 Monmouth Street, Terri Smith
Historic Education: Newport Riverwalk Plaques, City of Newport, Tom Fromme, City Manager
Preservation Legacy: 839 York Street, Ed Davis
Preservation Hero: Jim Price, 301 Overton Street

Bellevue Winners Include:
Stewardship:259 Ward Avenue, Betty Jean Durson
Exterior Rehabilitation: 311 Washington Avenue, Stephanie Fox
Exterior Rehabilitation: 257 Foote Avenue, Julie Duggins

Ludlow Winners Include:
Interior Renovation: 204 Adela Avenue, Danica and Patrick Stevens
Exterior and Interior Renovation: 237 Forest Avenue, Daniel & Jennifer Beagle
Exterior Renovation: 40 Butler Street, Nancy Helbling

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


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