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Lineup of Free Workshops at NKY Restoration Weekend Announced

The lineup of workshops for the NKY Restoration Weekend scheduled for Saturday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Gateway Community & Technical College Covington Campus has been announced.

In addition to the workshops, visitors will interact with craftsmen, vendors, representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other preservation experts.

New this year is the "Taste and Talk" at the vendors fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to talk with the vendors, preservation experts, and other home owners while enjoying a free mini "Taste of NKY" of a meal provided from six local independent restaurants. Although NKY Restoration is free, participants are asked to register online at www.nkyrestoration.com. 

This event is to provide home owners resources to understand how to maintain their historic property and the value of historic preservation for them and communities.   

"Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend is the premier historic preservation event in the state of Kentucky," said Vicki Birenberg, Kentucky Heritage Council State Certified Local Government Program and Planning Coordinator. "It brings hundreds of property owners, preservation enthusiasts and advocates, local government decision-makers, educators, and the preservation trades together for the benefit of our shared culture and local economies. We are so lucky that the local governments of Covington, Bellevue and Newport - all with significant historic resources - and their partners have organized and continued this event annually for the benefit of the entire Cincinnati metropolitan region."

There is something for owners of historic or older homes or individuals thinking about purchasing one.  The workshops include the following topics:

  • Window rehabilitation workshop runs throughout the day
  • Historic tile
  • Energy efficiency
  • Planning for a rehabilitation project
  • Tuck pointing masonry
  • Utilizing Kentucky Historic Tax Credits
  • Greening the MLS
  • Researching your historic property
  • Buying, insuring and paying for historic rehabilitation
  • Plaster
  • The impact of preservation - celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Preservation Act
  • What to plant around your historic home including pollinators

For more details on each of these classes, vendors, demonstration and a list of accredited continuing education for AIA and AICP professionals to be held in the afternoon of Friday, March 11 at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, please visit www.nkyrestoration.com. 

There is free parking on Saturday for the event at the Midtown Parking Garage, located adjacent to the Gateway Urban Campus at the corner of 5th and Greenup Street.

The NKY Restoration Weekend has been partially funded with a generous Certified Local Government grant given to the Cities of Bellevue and Covington from the National Park Service and administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council.

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