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NKY River City Preservation Project Award Winners Announced

Projects large and small that celebrate the historic preservation and restoration of buildings and homes in Northern Kentucky's River Cities will be honored next week.

The annual River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 31, at the Hellmann Creative Center (321 West Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Covington) at 6:30 p.m.

“Recognizing historic preservation efforts is a critical step in acknowledging the significant role historic resources play in revitalizing our communities and improving the quality of life for the residents," said Kentucky Heritage Council’s CLG Program and Planning Coordinator Vicki Birenberg. "We know Bellevue, Newport, Covington, and Ludlow because of the unique neighborhood identity provided by the character of their streets and ensemble of historic buildings. Increasingly, that identity also has the power to help shape their economic future.”  

Each city will be represented by winners.

Covington Winners

Project Excellence Award: Hotel Covington

Adaptive Reuse: The Center for Great Neighborhoods, The Hellmann Creative Center - which will also be honored next week with a state historic preservation award.

Adaptive Reuse: Orleans Development, The Boone Block

Rehabilitation Commercial: 530 Main Pro LLC, 530 Main Street, better known as Lisse, the new Dutch-inspired steakhouse in Mainstrasse Village

Stewardship Award: Tony Milburn, who has recently renovated multiple buildings along Fifth Street, years after restoring the Odd Fellows Hall

Newport Winners

Rehabilitation Residential: 611 E. 9th Street, Langley Properties

Rehabilitation Adaptive Reuse: 821 York Street, Studio821

Preservation Legacy: Weingartner Street, Neighborhood Foundations

Rehabilitation Commercial: 107 E. 9th Street, Carabello Coffee

Historic Rehabilitation: 736 Washington Ave, Mansion Hill Properties, which will be the new home of Katharina's, a German-inspired cafe

Historic Restoration:  530 W. 9th Street, Newport Rolling Mill Building

Bellevue Winners

Exterior Rehabilitation: Taylor and Sasha Voss, 143 Lake Street

Preservation Hero: William Stolz

Window Restoration & Workshop: Marilyn Schleyer, 327 Fairfield Avenue

Ludlow Winners

Matt & Mary Williams, Folk School Coffee Parlor, 332 Elm Street

Jeff and Carey Warman, 49 Kenner Street 

Jim/Betty Knipfer, 235 Lake Street

Mary Ann Benson, 233 Lake Street

Included at the awards ceremony, attendees will learn how historic preservation and the honored projects help to revitalize the community and serve as a driving force in economic development.

Additionally, the awards ceremony celebrates the month long National Preservation Month campaign, recognizing the diverse and unique heritage of the country’s cities and states. The month encourages involvement in and connection to the growing historic preservation movement.

The awards ceremony is open to the public.

-Staff report