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Overview

Administered by the National Park Service and state historic preservation offices, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation.  The National Register recognizes districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.  Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archaeological resources.Jenkins School in Letcher County

The Kentucky Heritage Council has been widely recognized for its successful National Register program.  In fact, among states, Kentucky has the fourth highest number of listings (following New York, Massachusetts and Ohio) - with more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic features.

Since its inception in 1966, the Heritage Council has conducted an ongoing survey of historic sites in all 120 Kentucky counties.  Officially called the Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, the survey serves as a permanent written and photographic record of all known historic buildings, structures and sites in the state.

The data collected and recorded through the survey provides the foundation for many Heritage Council programs including the National Register and the Kentucky Main Street Program.  The survey also provides information used for the publication of local architectural and cultural histories, for comparison in evaluating National Register eligibility, and for the development of preservation plans.

The Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory currently consists of 90,000+ surveyed sites and is constantly being updated and expanded as historic places are identified through the agency’s extensive survey process.  Survey files are maintained at the Heritage Council office via computer database and William Dodd House, St. James Court, Louisvillevertical files, both of which can be cross-referenced by county, and sites are further documented on topographical maps.

All sites that achieve National Register listing also receive designation as a Kentucky Landmark and receive a certificate signed by the Governor which deems it “worthy of preservation.”  The designation is simply an honorary one, yet serves as another valuable preservation tool available through the Kentucky Heritage Council to help foster pride of ownership in historic properties.

In addition to the state landmarks program, 30 sites across Kentucky have been designated National Historic Landmarks, indicating their national significance to all Americans.  Heritage Council staff are responsible for monitoring these historic sites on behalf of the National Park Service.

Recently listed or awaiting National Park Service approval
Multiple Counties
John Hunt Morgan’s Raid in KY, OH, IN multiple property nomination [PDF - 8.5MB]
 
 
Barren County
Bybee House, Glasgow [PDF - 3MB]
 
 
Bath County
J.J. Nesbitt House, Owingsville [PDF - 12MB]

"Raccoon" John Smith House, Owingsville [PDF - 62MB]
 
 
Boone County
 
James William Kite StoreJames William Kite Store, 8800 East Bend Road, Burlington vicinity [PDF - 2.1MB]
 
John J. Walton House, Belleview [PDF - 9.1MB]
 
Thomas Zane Roberts House and Workshop, Burlington [PDF - 10.7MB]
 

Bourbon County
James Kiser House, 41 East Main Street, Paris [PDF - 3.6MB]
 
 
Boyd County
C&O Railway Depot, Catlettsburg [PDF - 1.1MB]
 
 
Boyle County
Goodall Building Goodall Building, Danville [PDF - 5.4MB]
 
Second Street Christian Church, Danville [PDF - 667KB]
 
St. James AME Church, Danville [PDF - 761KB]
 
 
Breathitt County
 
 
Calloway County
Murray Woman's Club [PDF - 4.1MB]
 
 
Christian County
Attucks School, Hopkinsville [PDF - 2.2MB]
 
 
Clark and Fayette Counties
 
 
Daviess County
Krahwinkel Farmhouse Krahwinkel Farmhouse [PDF - 2MB]
 
 
Fayette County
Courtney Mathews House, Lexington [PDF - 4.3MB]
 
Fayette National Bank
Fayette National Bank (Additional Documentation) [PDF - 2MB]
 
Hal Price Headley Sr. House, Lexington [PDF - 22MB]
 
 
Liggett & Myers Harpring Warehouse, Lexington [PDF - 23MB]
 
Southeast Greyhound Line Building Southeast Greyhound Line Building, Lexington PDF - 1.6MB]
 
Spindletop Farm [PDF - 5.7MB]
 
Springview Farm [PDF - 1.5MB]
 
 
Franklin County
Bridgeport School Bridgeport School [PDF - 2.7MB]

Brown-Henry Summer House Brown-Henry Summer House, Frankfort [PDF - 7.3MB]
 
Knight-Taylor-Hockensmith House Knight-Taylor-Hockensmith House, Frankfort [PDF - 3MB]
 
Point Breeze Point Breeze, Frankfort [PDF - 2.7MB]

 
South Frankfort Historic District South Frankfort Historic District (boundary increase) [PDF - 8MB]
 
 
Garrard County
Paint Lick Commercial District
 
 
Graves County
Mayfield Electric and Water Systems 
[PDF - 9.9MB]
 
St. Jerome Catholic Church St. Jerome Catholic Church Complex, Fancy Farm [PDF - 3.4MB]
 
 
Henderson County
J. Hawkins Hart House, Henderson [PDF - 9.8MB]
 
 
Jackson County
Annville Institute [PDF - 1.6MB]
 
 
Jefferson County / Metro Louisville
Abbott House Abbott House [PDF - 8MB]
 
Eastwood Rosenwald School, 610 Gilliland Road, Fisherville vicinity [PDF - 1.3MB]
 
Filson Club Filson Club [PDF - 3MB]
 
Highlands Historic District (additional documentation) [PDF - 62MB]
 
Hogans Fountain Pavilion Hogan's Fountain Pavilion, Cherokee Park [PDF - 11MB]
 
Jefferson Jacob School, Prospect [PDF - 3.4MB]

Kurfees Paint Company Kurfees Paint Company [PDF - 5MB]
 
 
Nelson Distillery Warehouse, 200 Distillery Commons Drive, Louisville [PDF - 575KB] 
 
 
University of Louisville Library University of Louisville Library, UofL campus [PDF - 15MB]

William Dodd House [PDF - 2MB]
 
 
Kenton County
LaSalette Academy, Covington [PDF - 5.1MB]

Lincoln-Grant School Lincoln-Grant School, Covington [PDF - 24MB]

Ludlow Theater [PDF - 25MB]
 
Ritte’s East Historic District, Latonia area of Covington [PDF - 6.8MB]
 
 
Knott County
Amburgey Log Home, Mallie vicinity [PDF - 8.1MB]

Hindman Historic District [PDF - 88MB]
 
 

Laurel County
London Downtown Historic District [PDF -31MB]
 
 
Lee County
St. Therese Church, Beattyville [PDF - 48.5MB]
 
 
Letcher County
Jenkins School [PDF - 8.1MB]
 
 
 
Lewis County
Hammond-Queen House, 156 Second Street, Vanceburg [PDF - 6.8MB]
 

Livingston County
Livingston County Courthouse and Clerk's Offices, Smithland [PDF - 1.5MB]
 
 
Madison County
Churchill Weavers Churchill Weavers, Berea [PDF - 4.4MB]
 
 
Marion County
Bradfordsville Christian Church [PDF - 22MB]

St. Joseph Church, Raywick [PDF - 6MB]
 
 
 
Crossroad Communities in Marion and Washington County (multiple property nomination) [PDF - 473KB]
 

Mason County
Cox Building, Maysville [PDF - 11.5MB]

 
McCracken County
Coca-Cola Bottling Plant Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, Paducah [PDF - 12MB]
 
 
Union Station School, Paducah [PDF - 2.5MB]

Wallace Park Neighborhood Historic District, Paducah [PDF - 44MB]
 
 
Mercer County 
North Main Street Historic District, Harrodsburg 
[PDF - 11.3MB]

Lexington and Cane Run Historic District, Harrodsburg [PDF - 14.3MB]

Forsythe-Shewmaker House, Harrodsburg [PDF - 3MB]
 

Morgan County
 
 
Nelson County
Baldwin's Tourist Court Residence-Office, Bardstown [PDF - 4.2MB]

Bardstown Historic District (boundary expansion) [PDF - 11MB]

Coombs-Duncan-Brown Farmhouse, Bloomfield [PDF - 13MB]

Kurtz Restaurant and Bardstown Parkview Motel, Bardstown [PDF - 8.9MB]

Old Kentucky Home Motel, Bardstown [PDF - 4.6MB]

Wilson Motel, Bardstown [PDF - 7.5MB]
 
 
Oldham County
Yew Dell Farm [PDF - 63.8MB]
 
 
Rockcastle County
Great Saltpetre Cave Great Saltpetre Cave [PDF - 19MB]
 
 
Scott County
 
 
Shelby County
Buck Creek Rosenwald School, Finchville vicinity [PDF - 70MB]  
 
 
Todd County
Guthrie Historic District [PDF - 3.5MB]

Woodstock, Trenton [PDF - 22MB]
 
 
Trimble County
Norfolk Farm Tenant Log House 
Norfolk Farm Tenant Log House [PDF - 275KB]
 
 
Warren County
Hardcastle Store, Bowling Green [PDF - 9.5MB]

Rose-Daughtry Farmstead (revised), Bowling Green vicinity [PDF - 56MG]

Standard Oil Filling Station, Bowling Green [PDF - 2MB]
 
 
Washington County
Kalarama Saddlebred Horse Farm, Springfield [PDF - 14MB]

Maple Grove [PDF - 7MB]
 
Mackville Historic District [PDF - 11.7MB]

Springfield Main Street District [PDF - 22.7MB]

Willisburg Historic District [PDF - 10MB]

Crossroad Communities in Marion and Washington County (multiple property nomination) [PDF - 473KB]
 
 
Wayne County
Wayne County High School Wayne County High School [PDF - 12MB]
 
 
Wolfe County

 

 
NEW!
Six nominations to the National Register of Historic Places were approved for listing during the most recent meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board Dec. 9 at Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort:
 
Marianne Theater
Campbell County
Marianne Theater, 609 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
[PDF - 2.2MB]
 
Charles Young Center
Fayette County
Charles Young Park and Community Center, 540 E. 3rd St., Lexington
[PDF - 17MB]
 
Lynn Acres Apartments
Jefferson County
Lynn Acres Apartments, 100 E. Southland Blvd, Louisville
[PDF - 20MB]
 
Louisville Gas & Electric Co. Service Station Complex
Louisville Gas & Electric Co. Service Station Complex, 1228 S. 7th St., Louisville
[PDF - 18MB]
 
Hellmann Lumber and Manufacturing Co.
Kenton County
Hellmann Lumber and Manufacturing Co., 321 W. 12th St., Covington
[PDF - 3.4MB]
 
Elkhorn City High School
Pike County
Elkhorn City Elementary and High Schools, 551 Russell St., Elkhorn City
[PDF - 610KB]
 
See the Meeting Agenda
[Word - 13KB]
 

Review Board Members
 

Chair
Dr. Karl B. Raitz, Lexington

Dr. Kelli Carmean, Richmond

Maya DeRosa, Frankfort

Margaret Rogers Jacobs, Lexington

Dr. Kim A. McBride, Lexington

James I. Montgomery Sr., Louisville

Dr. William H. Mulligan Jr., Murray

Julie A. Riesenweber, Lexington

Dr. Paul Tenkotte, Highland Heights

Dr. Robert S. Weise, Richmond

Natalie G. Wilkerson, Frankfort

 

Last Updated 12/11/2014
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