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Photos: NKY Restoration Weekend & Take the State Preservation Survey

NKY Restoration Weekend drew preservation enthusiasts and those working on (or aspiring to work on) old, historic homes in and outside the area.

With professional courses offered on Friday at Baker-Hunt and then free public courses on Saturday at the Gateway Urban Center in Covington, a wide range of topics were discussed over the two-day annual event.

Dan Becker from Historic Raleigh North Carolina’s Preservation Program was the keynote speaker. 

The Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office was also on hand to announce the public phase of its new strategic planning process. 

Kentucky Heritage Council Executive Director Craig Potts announced the effort of a new online survey.

“Since being appointed state historic preservation officer in June, one of my priorities has been improving our statewide outreach, so the timing is perfect,” Potts said. “My goal is to get feedback from as many Kentuckians as possible, to find out how well communities are saving and maintaining their historic buildings and neighborhoods, and whether local officials place a priority on trying to find new uses for places such as old post offices, schools and downtown commercial buildings.”

“Through this process, we are trying to assess whether communities are putting historic buildings and sites to work for economic growth,” he said. “For instance, do elected leaders support efforts to rehabilitate and preserve historic places so they can be used to attract new businesses, or draw tourists interested in experiencing local history in an authentic way? And how can our agency better support community development that emphasizes preserving unique and irreplaceable local assets?”

Potts said KHC is especially interested in better assisting property owners who live in houses or neighborhoods from the 1960s and earlier. This is the primary target audience of NKY Restoration Weekend.

The survey seeks public input on what people think about when they hear the term "historic preservation", what are the most important areas of preservation, challenges and tools for preservation, and real estate issues associated with preservation.

Take the survey: Click Here

Photos from NKY Restoration Weekend:

Photos by The River City News, the Kentucky Heritage Council, NKY Restoration Weekend, and Chuck Eilerman