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Covington Project Wins State Preservation Award

The recipients of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards were announced on Friday and a Covington project is among them.

Shotgun Row, the Center for Great Neighborhoods' restoration of five vacant and rundown shotgun houses in the city's Westside neighborhood, will be honored next Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Governor's Mansion.

315-327 Orchard Street had previously been a blighted stretch of homes in a high crime area that were transformed into live/work spaces for artists.

Shotgun Row is also a recipient of the 2015 River Cities Excellence in Preservation Awards, which will be handed out in Newport next Thursday. For the full list of those recipients, click here.

K. Norman Berry, a Louisville architect, will receive the Kentucky Heritage Council - State Historic Preservation Office's highest honor, the Memorial Award. He located his firm, K. Norman Berry Associates Architects, along West Main Street in Louisville in the early 1970's, before it became a preservation district, and since then he and his firm have served as architects for more than 20 significant building preservation projects along this street. His firm was also awarded commissions to serve as architect for three of Kentucky’s most significant historic structures – the Kentucky State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, and Federal Hill in Bardstown. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, designating those who have achieved a standard of excellence in their profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

The awards are presented each May during National Historic Preservation Month and are named for the late Ida Lee Willis, Kentucky’s first state historic preservation officer and wife of the late former Gov. Simeon Willis.

Other awards, for Preservation Projects, will go to:

  • The Fulton Conway Building, 850 W. Main St., Louisville, and the owner, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, for careful rehabilitation of this former tobacco warehouse through developing design concepts to preserve the historic integrity of this circa 1890 building
  • The V.A. Kaltenbrun Building, 329-335 St. Clair St., Frankfort, in recognition of efforts by owners John and Martha Gray to restore this 19th century commercial structure following a devastating fire

Service to Preservation Awards will go to:

  • Friends of Eastern Cemetery, a volunteer, nonprofit organization, for their work cleaning up and carefully restoring one of Louisville’s oldest public cemeteries and reacquainting the public with the historic legacy of those interred there
  • The Living Archaeology Weekend Steering Committee, which for more than 25 years has planned and presented this annual two-day event focusing on past technologies of Kentucky’s Native and pioneer peoples, reaching more than 35,000 fifth graders and visitors
  • James and Maxine Cass, for their leadership in helping acquire and preserve Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield in Laurel County and establishing the nonprofit Camp Wildcat Preservation Foundation

Grassroots Preservation Awards will go to:

  • Meridzo Center Ministries, for Lamp House Coffee on Main Street in Lynch, an iconic 1921 building associated with coal mining that has been rehabilitated into a community coffee shop as part of its local ministry
  • Snivley Chapel Restoration Project, for volunteer efforts to save and preserve this circa 1853 frame church in Pike County, one of the oldest recorded original chapel buildings in eastern Kentucky

-Staff report

Photo: Shotgun Row (RCN file)