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Winners Announced: 2015 River City Preservation Awards

The winners of the annual River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards have been announced.

The Cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Ludlow, and for the first time, Dayton, will celebrate at a ceremony held at the Corpus Christi Apartments (840 Isabella Street, Newport) on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn about the award-winning properties and the people who contribute to preserving historic assets. 

For the first time, the River Cities are collectively presenting an award, The River City Hero Award, to Carl Fox for identifying stolen historic windows on eBay and contacting local police that resulting in the windows being returned to the homes they were stolen from. 

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.  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.  

SEE PREVIOUSLY: Historic preservation plays significant role in River Cities' renaissance

This year's winners are:


Exterior Restoration - Residential: Shotgun Row, Center for Great Neighborhoods

For a story about this project and how it helped improve a neighborhood once riddled with crime, click here.



Exterior Restoration - Mixed-Use/Commercial: The CoSign Project, The Haile Foundation and American Sign Museum

For a story about the CoSign project in Covington, click here.

Rehabilitation - Residential:  Market Street Lofts (209-211 W. Pike Street), Orleans Development

For a story about the Market Lofts development, click here.

Rehabilitation - Mixed-Use/Commercial: Bouquet Restaurant (519 Main Street), Stephen Williams

Stewardship: Historic Linden Grove Cemetery, Rick Ludlum


Rehabilitation Residential: 644 Linden Ave- JF II Corp/ Brett Zyromski, Owner

Rehabilitation Adaptive Reuse: 601 Overton Street- Heather Byer

Historic Restoration:  822 Park Ave.- Brian & Jenn Malone

Legacy Commercial: 647 Monmouth St.- Heritage Bank

Historic Craftsman: Herbert Hambuch


Leader in Preservation:Ed Kohrs (posthumous)

Stewardship: 318 Division Street, Sacred Heart Church/Divine Mercy Parish


Charlie Tharp Preservation Award: Tina Neyer


Dave and Joetta Hines Residence, 411 Closson Court

Josh Boone Residence, 423 Elm Street

Cluster renovations:

Lesley Amann, 208 Adela Avenue

Tom and Joy Amann, 210 Adela Avenue

Brandon and Becky Amann, 214 Adela Avenue

-Staff report

Most photos provided, others from RCN archives

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