Historic Preservation is a Regional Movement

Louisville Historical Preservation A few weeks ago we published an article on our blog about the Holt House in Breckenridge County. This historic building is undergoing a much needed preservation and restoration, and fund raising efforts have been ongoing.

In nearby Elizabethtown, Heritage Council Executive Director Heath Seymour has been working tirelessly to revive E-town’s downtown area. In fact, he created the Second Saturday event to attract people into the city’s downtown shops and unique restaurants. Heath is also working on a program to revitalize the downtown area, and on Thursday, July 26 from 5:30-7:00pm at The Historic State Theater, the Heritage Council will be holding a meeting that will include a brief update on recent and ongoing projects, a brainstorming session for new ideas and opinions, and an opportunity to hear more about the new historic district grant program and proposed design ordinance. Please come to express your ideas about this ongoing project.

And let’s not forget Bardstown, where the well preserved downtown architecture and recently renovated historic courthouse were just a couple of reasons the town was chosen the “Most Beautiful” small town in America in the Rand McNally/ USA TODAY “Best of the Road” contest.

These are just a few examples of local efforts to preserve the beauty and timeless quality of our historic buildings and landmarks. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation,  historical preservation is much more than just saving old buildings. These efforts help remind us of our historical roots, and provide a “Quality of Place” that helps make our region a more desirable place to live, work, and play. And by encouraging folks to work together to preserve and restore our roots, these efforts also help create a much needed “Sense of Community” in today’s fast moving world.

Another great example of a community working together is happening in Louisville, where several local residents are getting involved in downtown preservation. And if you’re interested, they could use your help! The Louisville Downtown Development Corporation held a public forum on on Monday, July 23 centered around creating a preservation fund for the city of Louisville. Their mission is to improve the economy of Metro Louisville by coordinating an aggressive public/private program to promote the redevelopment, vitality, and economic growth of the Central Business District. The preservation fund would provide money to acquire, repair, rehabilitate, and develop historic sites that preserve Louisville’s cultural heritage, and more. These kinds of efforts can result in much needed jobs (both construction and permanent) for Louisville and produce important tax revenue for the city and state. In turn, this additional revenue can help pay for much needed services.

So if you’d like to get involved or learn more about what historical preservation means for the city of Louisville, visit Louisville Downtown Development Corporation’s website. And if you know of any other ongoing or planned preservation efforts in the region, please let us know about them so we can share.

image courtesy of cityofbardstown.org