Giving a historic bank new life as a chic cocktail lounge earned a preservation award Sunday for Andy Shea and Kerry Glass when the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation presented its annual Preservation Awards.
The trust's Clyde Reynolds Carpenter Adaptive Re-use Award was presented to three winners: Shea and Glass for the Trust Lounge on West Main Street; the Russell School Community Service Center, a former elementary school on East Fifth Street; and Parlay Social, a restaurant and nightclub in the former Southern Mutual Trust building on West Short Street.
The Carpenter award honors imaginative ways of rehabilitating old buildings to new, modern uses.
The Blue Grass Trust presented awards to 15 winners in 10 categories during the ceremony at the Hunt-Morgan House in Gratz Park. The trust is the city's oldest organization devoted to preserving buildings of historic significance in the Bluegrass.
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The Preservation Craftsman Award had two winners. Laryn Karsnitz was recognized for his craftsmanship in restoring old windows and for teaching a window restoration workshop for the trust.
The other winner, the owners of Many Moons Designs, Tommy and Laura Whittaker, call themselves "barn chasers." They take old wood from just about anywhere and turn it into beautiful things like custom cabinets and custom floors. Their floors may be seen at Windy Corner Market and Restaurant on rural Bryan Station Road and The Grey Goose restaurant on Jefferson Street.
The Public Service to Preservation award went to Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary of the state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and state historic preservation office. Also recognized in this category was Fayette County Public Schools for the decision to restore schools rather than replace them with new ones. Those renovations include Arlington Elementary on North Limestone, Cassidy Elementary on Tates Creek Road, Russell Cave Elementary on Russell Cave Road and Yates Elementary on New Circle Road.
The Lucy Shropshire Crump Volunteer Award also had multiple winners. This award goes to an individual who provides exemplary service to the Blue Grass Trust during the year. Recognized was the creative team that came up with the idea for BGT deTours of historic locations people might not normally get to visit. The tours are free and held at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
Team members are co-chairs Mollie Eblen and Jason Sloan, Peter Brackney, Brandon Warren, Rachel Alexander, Griffin Van Meter, Pam ela Perlman, Sheila Ferrell, Amelia Martin Adams and Will Adams.
Douglas Boyd received the Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award for his scholarly work Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community, which tells the story of an extremely poor, small Frankfort community. Crawfish Bottom was razed by urban renewal in the late 1960s to make way for the Capital Plaza.
The Lucy Graves Advocacy Award had two winners.
Neal Cassity, Jessamine County's judge-executive since 1990, was recognized as being a force for preserving his county's history. He secured funding for renovations at Camp Nelson Heritage Park and High Bridge Park, plus restoration of the Oliver Perry House at Camp Nelson.
The award's other recipient was George W. Dean, who has served on the Jessamine County Fiscal Court since 1993. Among his many preservation activities, Dean is chairman of the Valley View Ferry Authority and has worked to keep open Kentucky's oldest continuously running commercial business: the ferry that connects Fayette, Jessamine and Madison counties.
Van Meter was given the Community Preservation Award for adopting the North Limestone and Loudon Avenue neighborhood, bringing a new level of youthful, energetic entrepreneurship to this thriving bar, art, food and culture scene.
The Barbara Hulette Award went to Dave Shuffett, producer and host of the Kentucky Educational Television series Kentucky Life.
The Betty Hoopes Award went to Chris Ertel, a volunteer on the trust's Antiques and Garden Show committee.
The John Wesley Hunt Award was given to Barbara Hulette of Danville for lifetime service to preservation in Central Kentucky.