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Highland Heights Building Named to National Register of Historic Places

A Highland Heights landmark is among eight Kentucky sites added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Kentucky Heritage Council announced this week.

The E.O. Robibson House at 105 Regency Court was built for Robinson and his wife, Lydia, in 1909. E.O. lived there till his death in 1934 and Lydia stayed until she died in 1951.

When the Robinsons purchased it, the property consisted of 500 acres in what was then known as Cold Spring on the aast side of the Alexandria Turnpike. The property also included a barn, carriage house, and several caretaker quarters.

It was hilly and full of trees when Robinson bought the land. He had some cattle and horses, housing them in a barn that was torn down in 1976. A previous owner said that Robinson had a grist mill in the barn, which suggests that some land was used for corn and possibly other vegetables.

People who visited the property in the 1930s have recalled that the main driveway from the city was lined with rose bushes. The backyard contained gardens and fountains where the pool now lies. Witness trees from the 1909 deed to Robinson indicate that the property had Black walnut, ash and beech trees. In speaking with a University of Kentucky Forestry Department member, those three species are common to Northern Kentucky at the time Robinson’s House was built).

For more on the house, see the nomination form by clicking here (PDF).

The eight sites were approved for nomination during a May 17 meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, which is charged with evaluating National Register nominations from Kentucky prior to their submission to the park service. The Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) administers the National Register program in Kentucky and provides administrative support to the review board.

Other Listed sites were:

  • Rock Cabin Camp near Cave City, an early motel and motor court consisting of a home/office building and nine limestone cabins, constructed in 1928
  • Middlesboro Jewish Cemetery, established in 1904 for the burial of Jewish residents in the Kentucky/Tennessee/West Virginia region
  • Montgomery-Sandidge House near Greensburg, a hybrid of dogtrot/saddlebag log frame construction dating to the early 19th century and modernized in the 1940s
  • Kentucky Home School for Girls in Louisville, a late Victorian estate home constructed at the end of the 19th century that served as a private school from 1948 through the 1970s
  • Kellogg and Company Wholesale Grocery Warehouse in Richmond, a two-story building dating to 1906 constructed of fire-resistant timber within masonry walls, a method known as mill construction;
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church in Paducah, a late Gothic Revival building constructed in 1951 just as the town flooded with new employees hired to work at the Gaseous Diffusion Plant;
  • Craig-Peak House near Georgetown, a Greek Revival home constructed between 1820-1860.

An additional 13 Kentucky sites have been listed in the National Register since January, including the Columbia Commercial District; Bold House in Foster; Doyle Country Club in Dayton; Bush Warehouse in Winchester; Haury Motor Company and Garage, and Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Louisville; Scearce-Roush House in Simpsonville; J.D. Dodson House in Bowling Green; Old Taylor Distillery Historic District; Waveland (boundary increase/name change) near Nicholasville; Rowan County Courthouse (boundary increase); Paducah City Hall; and the Peabody-Fordson Historic District in Clay County.

The National Register is the nation’s official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation. Kentucky has the fourth-highest number of listings among states, with more than 3,400. Listing can be applied to buildings, objects, structures, districts and archaeological sites, and proposed sites must be significant in architecture, engineering, American history or culture.

Owners of National Register properties may qualify for state and/or federal tax credits for rehabilitation of these properties to standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior, as certified by the Kentucky Heritage Council, or by making a charitable contribution of a preservation easement. National Register status does not affect property ownership rights, but does provide a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects.

-Staff report