Upcoming #BGTdetours at UK's School of Art and Visual Studies Building

On Bolivar Street, impressive old tobacco facilities still stand harkening back to an era not so long ago in Lexington's history when burley tobacco was a chief industry. Although burley tobacco is still grown in the region, it is not the cash crop it once was. Most of the buildings necessary for the industry have been abandoned, demolished, or torn down.

The University of Kentucky acquired one of these old tobacco facilities in 2011 to house its School of Art and Visual Studies (SAVS) program. Beginning in the fall of 2015, students will move into their new facility on Bolivar Street. Previously, SAVS had been located in another tobacco facility - the Reynolds Building - that is located at the end of Scott Street. (Sadly, it is anticipated that the Reynolds Building will soon be demolished.)

Extensive Paint Analysis En Route to Restoration at Georgetown's Ward Hall

The Ward Hall Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce that Matthew J. Mosca of Baltimore has been selected to conduct a historic paint finishes study on the external surfaces of Ward Hall. The results of this study will be used to develop historic specifications for the restoration of Ward Hall.

“I am thrilled that Mr. Mosca is interested in working with us at Ward Hall,” said David Stuart, Chairman of the Ward Hall Preservation Foundation. “In the world of historic paint analysts, he is truly among the very best. His work will enable us to move forward in the restoration process in the most historically accurate way possible.”

Central Kentucky Historic Preservationists Honored

Congratulations to all the well-deserving people and groups being recognized by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation with this year's preservation awards. The awards were given during the BGT's annual meeting on June 21, 2015.

Here's the roundup:

Preservation Craftsman Award: Given to a building industry craftsman who has exhibited a strong commitment to quality craftsmanship for historic buildings.
Awarded to: Patrick Kennedy

Public Service to Preservation Award: Given to a government agency or official for service to preservation movement or to a specific project.
Awarded to: Chris Ford

Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award: Given to an individual or group for service in researching and disseminating information about the Central Kentucky region. Larry Isenhour, Awarded to: Collecting Kentucky (Gigi Lacer/Libby Howard)

Need a Last Minute Father's Day Idea?

The authors of a trio of books will be on hand at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington tomorrow, Saturday June 20th from 2:00 - 4:00 in the afternoon.

Ashlee Clark Thompson, author of Louisville Diners, will be on hand. So, too, will be the author of Kentucky Speedway: Kevin Kelly. And I'll be there at Joseph Beth signing copies of Lost Lexington.
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