Kentucky Heritage Council
Statement on Heart of Louisville being named Kentucky’s 1st National Treasure by the National Trust
Statement from Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer, about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s announcement naming Heart of Louisville as Kentucky’s first National Treasure:
“I applaud the National Trust for expanding its Preservation Green Lab initiative in Louisville to National Treasure status, for the purpose of using Louisville as an urban laboratory to test the impact of targeted technical, financial and marketing assistance throughout the city’s historic areas.
Their goal of a long-term collaboration with city officials, local preservation and community organizations, developers and others to promote historic building reuse comes at a great time, just as Kentucky and the rest of the nation prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Shortly after its passage in 1966, the Legislature created the Kentucky Heritage Council as the state historic preservation office with a mission to identify, protect and preserve the Commonwealth’s historic buildings, archaeological sites and cultural resources.
How fitting that the National Trust would focus on Louisville, which has in place a strong, long-term development plan outlined in Cornerstone 2020, as a way to elevate the preservation of historic structures. We look forward to this new direction and playing a meaningful role in this process.”
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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of archaeological resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, heritage tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov