Regional Look to Blue Grass Trust's 11 Endangered List

Photographs of Select Sites on the Blue Grass Trust's Eleven in Their Eleventh Hour List
Each year, the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation assembles a list of historic central Kentucky properties which are threatened. For the 2015 edition of the "Eleven in Their Eleventh Hour" list, the BGT has looked primarily beyond Fayette County to sites across 11 central Kentucky counties.

The list of counties largely resembles those included in the 2006 World Monument Fund's designation of the Inner Bluegrass Region. The Blue Grass Trust included Madison County on its "11 Endangered List" while omitting Anderson County. All Kentucky counties, however, have "at risk" structures and deserve the attention of preservationists.

The BGT's list is a great step toward recognizing that preservation can and should occur throughout Kentucky and not only in our urban cores. The 14 structures within the 11 counties also reflect that theme.

According to the BGT, "the list highlights endangered properties and how their situations speak to larger preservation issues in the Bluegrass. The goal of the list is to create a progressive dialogue that moves toward positive long-term solutions. The criteria used for selecting the properties include historic significance, lack of protection from demolition, condition of structure, or architectural significance."

The sites are listed below.

150 Years at the University of Kentucky

Maxwell Place - Home of the University of Kentucky President. Author's collection.
This week, the University of Kentucky is celebrating Founders Week. The annual occasion is more significant in this year which is the University's sesquicentennial.

In 1865, James K. Patterson assumed a professorship at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. At that time, and through 1878, the college was a part of the larger Kentucky University.

Kentucky University, like many institutions of higher learning of the day, was founded in affiliation with a religious organization. Its College of the Bible evolved into a significant seminary for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 1878, theological differences caused the two schools to separate.

Kentucky University retained the campus in the Woodlands, but leased it to the State A&M College. The Woodlands campus was to the immediate west of Clay Avenue and would today be recognized as Woodland Park. The cost of renting its campus, along with plummeting tuition numbers, sparked great concern in Frankfort for the face of the Commonwealth’s only public college. This was a big moment for the future of both Lexington and for what would become the University of Kentucky.

A Snow Covered Nicholasville

The Jessamine County Courthouse in Nicholasville, Ky.

In the height of last week's snow, I set out on a walk from my house through downtown Nicholasville. I was well bundled, stayed quite warm, and had fun seeing this town covered in a thick layer of beautiful white snow. I saw a few others out and about, but it was by and large a quiet affair.

By my measurements at home, we received a full 12" of snow in Nicholasville. An additional 2.75" had fallen on the ground by Tuesday morning. Although the students in Lexington are headed back to class today, Jessamine County schools will be closed for the 6th consecutive school day.

In a twist of irony, Nicholasville Elementary's winter production is entitled "The Big Chill." 
No kidding.
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