2014 River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards

Contact: Beth Johnson: (859) 292-2171


NORTHERN KY- Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m., the River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be held at the Covington Scottish Rite Temple, located at 1553 Madison Avenue Covington, KY.  The event is hosted by the cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Ludlow and the public is invited to learn about the award-winning properties and how these preservation projects help to revitalize communities.


The annual awards ceremony is held in May during National Historic Preservation month, a campaign that celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of American cities and states and enables more citizens to become involved in the growing historic preservation movement. This year’s Preservation Month theme is “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage."


Covington Preservation and Planning specialist Beth Johnson says, “The projects and people that are being honored this year are wonderful examples of this theme. As a region, we are very lucky to have such dedicated people that have chosen to be stewards of the built history and are great examples of historic preservation. We are excited to spend an evening celebrating and applauding them for their efforts.”


Covington Winners Include:

Exterior Restoration-Residential: 1533 Scott St, Laura and David Knight

Exterior Restoration-Mixed Use/Commercial: 501 Madison Ave, C-Forward

Rehabilitation- Residential:  215 Garrard St, Normand and Lisa Desmarais

Rehabilitation- Adaptive Reuse/Commercial: 522 Main Street, Kim Blank Wolf, Margie Potts/ Main Bite

Stewardship: 1017 Russell St- The Fisk House, Bob Sanders

Karen and Peter Rafuse Memorial Award: Lisa Gillham


Newport Winners Include:

Affordable Housing Rehabilitation: 215 W 10th Street, Neighborhood Foundations

Porch Restoration: 556 E 4th Street, Gene & Rosemary Kovacs

Historic Restoration: 408 Overton Street, Mansion Hill Properties

Adaptive Reuse: 536 E. 3rd Street, Riverview Mansion

Tax Credit Rehabilitation: 655 Nelson Place, Mike & Pam Staun


Bellevue Winners Include:

Downtown Revitalization: 340 Fairfield Avenue,Grady and Suzanne Gibson Bellevue Dental on the Avenue

Leader in Preservation: Thomas J. Wiethorn

Stewardship: 318 Division Street, Sacred Heart Church/Divine Mercy Parish

Ludlow Winners Include:

Bentley Residence/Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home (316 Elm Street, Ludlow)

Maxwell/Lantry Residence (27 River Road, Ludlow)

Carriage House/Powers Residence (52 Ringgold Street, Ludlow)

Elmwood Hall/Snadon-Paytes Residence (244 Forest Avenue, Ludlow)


Event Details:

What: 2014 River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards

When: Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Covington Scottish Rite Temple, located at 1553 Madison Avenue Covington, KY


For More information on the River Cities Historic Preservation Awards contact: Beth Johnson at (859) 292-2171.