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Free Preservation & Restoration Classes in Covington this Weekend

NKY Restoration is proud to announce Matt Grocoff, nationally known TV personality and net zero energy thought leader, as lunch keynote speaker at the 2013 NKY Restoration Weekend. 

Now in its second year, NKY Restoration Weekend is a full day of free “How-To” Restoration and Preservation classes at the Gateway Urban Campus located at 525 Scott St in Covington, KY on February 23, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Matt Grocoff’s 100-year old residence is the first Net Zero Energy home in a historic district in Michigan and the oldest in the United States.  The event is free, but reservations are requested and will ensure a seat for the keynote box luncheon.  Reservations can be made by visiting  

The 2013 NKY Restoration weekend provides a great learning opportunity for owners of historic properties. 

Classes and demonstrations include: how to make your historic home and property energy efficient and sustainable, researching your historic home, using the Kentucky homeowner’s rehabilitation tax credit, Rookwood tile history and maintenance, historic ironwork, window restoration, plaster, masonry repair and maintenance ask the expert, and many more! This year the event also includes a vendor’s fair that showcases products, craftsman, and contractors with over 20 different vendors represented.

Last year over 250 homeowners and craftsmen took advantage of the NKY Restoration Weekend and surveys from the participants gave the event rave reviews.

 “NKY Restoration celebrates those who have made a committed investment to caring for Northern Kentucky’s historic buildings, whether they are home owners, developers, contractors, suppliers, architectural consultants, or preservationists,” said Beth Johnson, Preservation and Planning Specialist for the City of Covington. 

Another great addition to the 2013 NKY Restoration weekend are  accredited continuing education for American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) held in the afternoon of Friday, February 23 at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center at 620 Greenup St,  in Covington. 

“By partnering with KY USGBC and The Blue Book we are bridging the gap between the historical community and the professional building and architectural community that is called upon to serve its needs.” commented Kathy Caldon, a founding partner of NKY Restoration and president of Tri-State Wholesale Building Supplies.

Class schedules and the full line up of the weekend’s events, classes and vendors can be found at  For more information email: [email protected], phone 859.414.NKY1 (414.6591), or visit our Facebook site

There is free parking for the event at the Midtown Parking Garage, located adjacent to the Gateway Urban Campus at the corner of Fifth and Greenup Streets. 

The NKY Restoration Weekend event has been partially funded with a generous Certified Local Government grant given to the Cities of Bellevue, Covington and Newport from the National Park Service and administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council. The lunchtime keynote speaker has been sponsored by the event’s presenting sponsor, Duke Energy. 

About NKY Restoration: NKY Restoration is an unincorporated association and collaboration of individuals who represent businesses, artisans and craftsman, non-profit organizations, cities and the local Historic Preservation offices in Northern Kentucky and the Urban Cincinnati region whose main goal and purpose is to organize the NKY Restoration Weekend and related programming.

Source: news release