WATCH: Gorgeous Film Showcases Historic Preservation in River Cities

A beautiful new film showcases the economic impact of historic preservation Northern Kentucky's River Cities.

A co-production of the Cities of Covington and Bellevue debuted Thursday night during a special screening at Darkness Brewing. Northern Kentucky Preservation at 50: From Saving Houses to Creating Places was produced by Covington-based Spotted Yeti Media. The film is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and local preservation efforts.

“We are all so fortunate for the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the groundwork laid to preserve our cultural resources with integrity, providing us with assets to bring life and vibrancy back to our urban communities,” said Certified Local Government Program & Planning Coordinator of the Kentucky Heritage Council Vicki Birenberg.

This is the third preservation-related film produced by the two cities, following Historic Preservation: Saving Place and Living History: The Architecture of Northern Kentucky.

The latest effort explores how historic preservation came to be in Northern Kentucky through the diverse personal stories of residents, business owners, and preservationists. The video takes into account the communities’ combined efforts to save their city’s heritage and historical landmarks.

It discusses early preservation efforts in Covington’s Licking Riverside Neighborhood, the recent successful rehabilitation of the Boone Block and Shotgun Row, and the ongoing efforts to preserve the Marianne Theater and Bavarian Brewery.  

Due to the construction of the interstate and an increase in the number of houses being built in the Post-World War II period, many historical landmarks were being destroyed.

As a response, the National Historic Preservation Act was passed in 1966 with the intention to preserve historical and archeological sites throughout the country.


“Historic preservation is an essential component of the current best practices in urban planning, and it helps to shape an attractive future for our cities. The demand for historic, walkable, character-filled neighborhoods continues to increase with each passing year,” Birenberg explained. 

This video was funded in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council. 

-Staff report
Photo: Bavarian Brewery Building (RCN file)