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Photos: Hundreds Pack Hellmann Lumber to Kick Off COV200

The former Hellmann Lumber Company on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Covington was packed on Friday night as the city kicked off its bicentennial celebration weekend.

The long vacant structure that was spared during the widening of the former Twelfth Street welcomed approximately four hundred people to listen to the Ragtime band from the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington hosted the party at the building that they bought at auction in the fall of 2013, a structure that they hope to turn not only into work spaces for local artists, but also into their new headquarters.

CGN currently operates on Russell Street.

More than 40 members of the Hellmann family also attended the event and posed for pictures while wearing name tags that read, "I'm a Hellmann". The building is currently being considered for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

The COV200 celebration weekend continues Saturday with the Gala and Birthday Bash at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, and then with the premiere of the COV200 documentary at various locations all day Sunday.

Photos by RCN's Brian Frey:



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