Downtown businesses may be added to National Register

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Local designation could be expanded by eight blocks

By The Staff

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider nine nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during its next meeting 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Perkins Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.

Nominations to be considered include an expansion of Hodgenville’s Commercial Historic District, three Greek Revival houses in Taylor County and a Queen Anne residence in Middlesboro.

The LaRue County nomination seeks to expand the boundary of the original commercial historic district, consisting of 11 buildings listed in the National Register in 1988, to an eight-block area totaling 37 contributing buildings dating between 1877 and 1960. The district is considered significant within the context of the evolution of county courthouse squares in south central Kentucky from 1792 to 1960, displaying trends of community planning and development.

Architecturally, the district’s character is defined primarily by one- and two-story wood-frame and brick commercial buildings constructed on long narrow lots around the public square, with larger lots along the outer edge including the post office, farm supply store and a church now used as city hall.

The review board is charged with hearing and approving National Register nominations from Kentucky prior to their submission to the National Park Service, which administers the program in partnership with state historic  preservation offices, including the Kentucky Heritage Council.

The NPS must issue a final determination of listing within 45 days of receiving the nomination.