NKY Restoration Weekend Offers Free Classes for Historic Home Owners and Professionals


The lineup of workshops has been announced for the NKY Restoration Weekend. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Gateway Community & Technical College Urban Campus, 525 Scott Street in Covington, KY, the event aims to provide home owners resources to understand how to maintain their historic property and the value of historic preservation for them and communities.

In addition to the workshops, visitors will interact with craftsmen, vendors, representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other preservation experts.

“Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend is the premier historic preservation event in the state of Kentucky,” said Vicki Birenberg, Kentucky Heritage Council State Certified Local Government Program and Planning Coordinator. “It brings hundreds of property owners, preservation enthusiasts and advocates, local government decision-makers, educators, and the preservation trades together for the benefit of our shared culture and local economies.”

New this year is the "Taste and Talk" vendors fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will be able to talk with the vendors, preservation experts, and other home owners while enjoying while enjoying food provided by 6 local, independent restaurants.

Although NKY Restoration Weekend is free, participants are asked to register online at Free event parking is available at the Midtown Parking Garage, located adjacent to the Gateway Urban Campus at the corner of East 5th and Greenup Streets.

“We are so lucky that the local governments of Covington, Bellevue and Newport – all with significant historic resources – and their partners have organized and continued this event annually for the benefit of the entire Cincinnati metropolitan region,” Birenberg added.

Workshops include the following topics:

  • Window rehabilitation workshop runs throughout the day
  • Historic tile
  • Energy efficiency
  • Planning for a rehabilitation project
  • Tuck pointing masonry
  • Utilizing Kentucky Historic Tax Credits
  • Greening the MLS
  • Researching your historic property
  • Buying, insuring and paying for historic rehabilitation
  • Plaster
  • The Impact of Preservation – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Preservation Act
  • What to plant around your historic home including pollinators

In addition to free educational sessions for property owners, NKY Restoration Weekend also hosts free educational programming for architects and planners.

Four accredited continuing education sessions will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Baker Hunt located at 620 Greenup Street in Covington, KY. A light continental breakfast and boxed lunch are provided by Tri-State Wholesale Building Supplies.

For the full schedule of classes offered and to register, visit