We like to rehab, refurbish, repurpose, resurrect, reincarnate and recycle stuff.
Like historic buildings.
Covington turned 200 in 2015, so we have lots of them. And they’re exquisite.
Architecture students would go wild here studying our encyclopedia of styles: Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, German Gothic to name just a few. We actually have our own form, called Covington Townhouse (summary: front room the width of the house, with the porch and door starting halfway down the side).
The CW is that they don’t make buildings like they used to. In Covington, we have a corollary that is equally true: Chances are, any building you see isn’t what it used to be.
The (iconic) Carnegie multidisciplinary arts venue used to be a library. The Madison Event Center used to be Woolworth’s. Hotel Covington used to be Coppin’s Department Store. The soon-to-be addition to Hotel Covington used to be a YMCA. The new county complex used to be Bavarian Brewery. Braxton Brewing Co. used to be Sears. The Boone Block (and its $500,000 townhomes) was a liquor store. The Center for Great Neighborhoods was a lumber mill. Governors Point Condos used to be Booth Memorial Hospital. La Salette Gardens Apartments (for seniors) used to be a high school. The Warehouse at SIDIS meeting space used to be a German dance hall. And … we could go on and on and on.
On a side note, the wrought-iron fences and gates surrounding older homes downtown? They were manufactured by Stewart Iron Works, the former Covington company that made housings for Tommy Guns in the Prohibition era, tank armor for World War II battlefields, “non-sawable” bars for the cells at Alcatraz Prison, and gates for the White House and the Panama Canal.