Each year, the Kentucky Heritage Council awards various preservation awards to individuals and groups who have advocated, promoted, supported or plain out "did" preservation work in Kentucky. The biggest award, the Ida Lee Willis, is the highest honor bestowed.
Ida Lee Willis was the first lady of Kentucky (her husband, Gov. Simeon Willis, served from 1943-47) and was "directly responsible for saving the Vest-Lindsey House in Frankfort. She was named the first state historic preservation officer (SHPO) in 1966 after the enactment of the National Preservation Act.
The winner of this year's Ida Lee Willis Memorial Historic Preservation Award is K. Norman Berry of Louisville. A fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Berry "served as architects for more than 20 significant building preservation projects along this street. His firm was also awarded commissions to serve as architect for three of Kentucky’s most significant historic structures – the Kentucky State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, and Federal Hill in Bardstown."
The awards will be given out today, May 27, 2015, at a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. Visit heritage.ky.gov of more details.