New KY Historic Register Locations Considered

Last night I mentioned that the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will meet (today) to review and recommend nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. I’ve received way more questions about it than I expected.

Who knew y’all were as nerdy as me?

So let’s take a nerd moment this morning and examine the five locations under consideration.

J. Hawkins Hart House, Henderson

Resting on a brick foundation, the Hart House is a wood frame, 2½-story building constructed in 1892, which is listed as its period of significance, and it is being nominated to the National Register under Criterion C, architectural significance. Strong evidence suggests the house was designed by mail order architect George F. Barber, whose designs helped disseminate the Queen Anne style throughout the United States in the late 19th century. The author of the nomination notes the house exhibits numerous hallmarks of Barber design, and describes it as “an excellent example of Queen Anne architecture in Henderson… The house’s scale, ornamentation and location give important cues to post-Civil War socioeconomic development in Henderson.” Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) to review the location’s registration form.

McBride’s Harrods Creek Landing Site, Louisville

This site encompasses 30 acres of land along the Ohio River and a series of maritime resources as well as the Leo Birch McBride House, circa 1933, and the George W. McBride House and barn, circa 1950-1954. The landing is strategically near the mouth of Harrods Creek and above the McAlpine Lock and Dam, a location with a still pool and stable water levels. It was established in 1933 by Leo McBride as McBride Boat Works and continued by his son, George, who formed McBride Towing in 1955. The family comprises four generations of river pilots, and towboat and barge owners and operators who played a significant role in the development and growth of inland waterway commerce in Jefferson County between 1933 and 1960. The site is being nominated under Criterion A, property associated with events that have made a significant contribution to broad patterns of history. Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) to review the location’s registration form.

See the other three after the jump…

Miller Paper Company Buildings, Louisville

These adjoining structures are located along a stretch of Main Street known as Whiskey Row, which at one time housed dozens of wholesale liquor and whiskey-related businesses. The main facades of the buildings are limestone and marble and exhibit a High Deco style. The buildings are being interpreted as having primary identity and significance dating to the 1940s, when a major renovation project was undertaken, and are being nominated under Criterion C, significant within the context “Art Deco and Moderne Architecture in Louisville,” as the buildings embody the distinctive characteristics of both of these style trends. The Miller Paper Company operated a wholesale business in this location from 1923 through 1955. Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) to review the location’s registration form.

Most Blessed Sacrament School, Louisville

Located in the Oakdale neighborhood, this two-story brick building was completed in 1938 and designed by Louisville architect Walter Wagner. The main façade features a central entrance bay with inset paired wooden doors, and a five-bay symmetrical façade is topped by a limestone nameplate and cross. According to the author of the nomination, “the building is decorated with a nod toward Collegiate Gothic, with its corbelled cornice at the roofline, limestone pilasters, and limestone belt-course.” A 1952 addition was constructed as a residence for nuns who served as teachers. The school is being interpreted for its role in Louisville’s social history and is being nominated under Criterion A within the context “Catholic Schools in Louisville, 1919-1960,” with its period of significance dating from 1938 through 1960. Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) to review the location’s registration form.

Jenkins School, Jenkins

This 2½-story masonry building opened in 1912 and is located along Main Street in the Letcher County community of Jenkins. The school consists of the original 1912 building, a 1924 addition with four classrooms and gymnasium, and a 1936 addition with additional classrooms and funded by WPA. Both additions maintain the school’s original Colonial Revival style. According to the nomination, the school is historically significant “for its status as the largest and finest school to be produced as part of the efforts by Consolidated Coal Company to develop Jenkins, a coal camp, in the coal rich mountains of eastern Kentucky… Jenkins was considered one of the crown jewels of coal towns – Consolidation Coal Company would bring politicians and visitors from all around the United States and abroad to see their accomplishments in this Letcher County settlement.” The school is being nominated under Criterion A with a period of significance from 1911 to 1949. Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) to review the location’s registration form.