The Blue Grass Trust's 2015 Historic Preservation Awards were presented on Sunday and winners included Kentucky writer Wendell Berry as well as former first district council member Chris Ford, now Lexington's director of social services.
Awards were given to:
â– Patrick Kennedy, restoration project manager for the Kentucky Heritage Council, received the Preservation Craftsman Award, given to a building industry craftsman who has shown a commitment to quality craftsmanship for historic buildings.
Sheila Ferrell, director of the Blue Grass Trust, said in her notes for the award citation that "If you wanted to learn the multi-step process of turning 30-inch square white oak timbers into roofing shingles, or the craft of timberframe construction, or old window restoration or how to lay a dry stone wall, the 2015 Craftsman Winner would be the first name on your list."
â– Chris Ford received the Public Service to Preservation Award, given to a government agency or official for service to the preservation movement or a specific project.
Ford's commitment to the historic neighborhoods within his council district — Gratz Park, Constitution, Mulberry Hill and Northside — showed that he "embraced preservation and embraced us, he saw preservation as a neighborhood stabilization success and he even uses the term when he speaks about unstable neighborhoods," Ferrell wrote.
â– Gigi Lacer and Libby Howard, for the book Collecting Kentucky, and Larry Isenhour, for the book The Houses of Richard B. Isenhour, received the Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Awards, given to an individual or group for service in researching and disseminating information about the Central Kentucky region.
â– Fielding and Nancy Turner received the Barbara Hulette Award, given for efforts in the preservation of Central Kentucky's history, heritage, landscape, archaeological resources and sense of community.
The couple lived on a historic Clark County farm and, according to Ferrell's notes, "live preservation in other ways as Nancy is the executive director of Winchester/Clark County Tourism and the brain child of the Beer Cheese Trail."
â– St. Peter Claver Church and Chad Needham received the Community Preservation Award, given to a non-governmental organization or individual for service to the preservation movement or to a specific project.
Charles Weathers accepted the award on behalf of St. Peter Claver at 485 West Fourth Street, which has been renovated over the past two years with an addition providing education and meeting rooms on the second floor and a large parish hall on the first floor.
Needham was cited for his efforts in preservation of buildings: three on Constitution, the corner of Fifth and North Limestone, three at the corner of Sixth and North Limestone and his home in Fayette Park.
â– Docents of the Hunt-Morgan House received the Lucy Shropshire Crump volunteer award, given to an individual who has provided service to the Blue Grass Trust throughout the year. The team includes Mim Wilson, Betty Hubbard, Tom Moore, William Carey, Carolyn Hackworth, Joan Bishop, Demetrius Conley Williams, Ellen Hellard, Beverly Miller, Kevin Murphy, Jason Sloan, Zachary Dearing, Chris Ertel, Ashley Paul and Colleen Cheslak.
â– Charles "Chuck" Pittenger and Hayward Wilkirson received the Lucy Graves Advocacy Award, given to an individual or group that has shown leadership in supporting the historic preservation movement in Central Kentucky.
Chuck Pittenger is the registrar for the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and, according to Ferrell's notes, "also the steward, with his wife Linda, of the Richard Branham House in Stamping Ground," which dates to the late 1700s.
Wilkirson, a former director of preservation for the Blue Grass Trust, remains active in the South Hill Historic District. He also acquired and preserved the Stilfield Cabin, an 1805 structure on South Upper Street.
â– Faith Harders and Kathy Chopra were given the Betty Hoopes Award, for volunteers from the BGT's Antiques and Garden Show Committee.
â– National Provisions, Brookview Farm and the Chase Tap Room received the Clyde Reynolds Carpenter Adaptive Re-Use Awards, given for efforts toward the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of a building or buildings within Central Kentucky.
â– Skuller's Clock and the Legacy Center and Trail received the Landscape Preservation Award, given for preservation, design, stewardship, restoration or enhancement of an historic cultural landscape in the Bluegrass.
â– Kentucky poet Wendell Berry received the John Wesley Hunt Award, given to an individual for lifetime service to the preservation movement in Central Kentucky.