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NKY Restoration Weekend: Learn from the Experts!

The lineup of workshops is announced for the NKY Restoration Weekend scheduled for Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gateway Community & Technical College Two Rivers Building (525 Scott Blvd., Covington). 
In addition to the workshops, visitors will interact with craftsmen, vendors, representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other preservation experts. "Taste and Talk" at the vendors fair goes from noon to 1:30 and you can talk with the vendors, preservation experts, and other home owners while enjoying a free mini-"Taste of NKY", of a meal provided from 6 independent restaurants. 
Although NKY Restoration is free, participants are asked to register online at  
This event provides homeowners resources to understand how to maintain their historic property and the value of historic preservation for them and communities.
"Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend is the premier historic preservation event in the state of Kentucky," said Vicki Birenberg, Kentucky Heritage Council State Certified Local Government Program and Planning Coordinator. "It brings hundreds of property owners, preservation enthusiasts and advocates, local government decision-makers, educators, and the preservation trades together for the benefit of our shared culture and local economies. We are so lucky that the local governments of Covington, Bellevue and Newport - all with significant historic resources - and their partners have organized and continued this event annually for the benefit of the entire Cincinnati metropolitan region."
There is something for owners of historic or older homes or individuals thinking about purchasing one. Some of the workshops include the following topics:
  • Window rehabilitation and weatherization
  • Box gutter repair and maintenance
  • Plaster repair
  • Fireplace and chimney repair and maintenance
  • Historic paint colors and treatments
  • Utilizing Kentucky Historic Tax Credits
  • Researching your historic property
  • Buying, insuring and paying for historic rehabilitation
  • Heirloom plantings
For more details on each of these classes, vendors, demonstration and a list of accredited continuing education for AIA and AICP professionals to be held in the afternoon of Friday, March 10 at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center (620 Greenup St., Covington), visit
There is free parking on Saturday for the event at the Midtown Parking Garage, located adjacent to the Gateway Urban Campus at the corner of 5th St. and Greenup St.
The NKY Restoration Weekend has been partially funded with a Certified Local Government grant given to the Cities of Bellevue and Covington from the National Park Service and administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council.
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