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Blue Grass Trust releases 2013 list of endangered properties

The house at 445 West Second Street suffers from neglect by an absentee landlord.
The house at 445 West Second Street suffers from neglect by an absentee landlord. Herald-Leader

The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation last week released its 2013 list of Central Kentucky endangered historic properties, called the "Eleven in their Eleventh Hour."

The list includes eight in Lexington, one each in Boyle and Franklin counties and an area straddling Jessamine and Madison counties.

The trust, headquartered in Lexington, has compiled the endangered-properties list since 1999 to bring awareness to endangered historic properties.

The trust says criteria used for selecting the properties includes historic significance, proximity to proposed or current development, lack of protection from demolition, condition of structure, or architectural significance.

Properties on the 2013 list are:

Greyhound Station, Loudon Avenue and North Limestone, Lexington: The property was bought by Lextran with the intent of demolishing it to make room for a new facility. During a consulting process of which the trust was a part, the building was determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Lextran sold the property. The trust considers the building threatened.

Willis Green House, Danville: The house, also known as Waveland, is named for early Kentucky settler Willis Green, who was a signer of the Kentucky Constitution and an original trustee of Transylvania University. The house was in the Green family for more than 130 years. In a news release, the trust says the house, first included on the 2009 endangered-properties list, is architecturally significant as one of the last standing Georgian structures in the state.

Good Shepherd Church, Frankfort: Built in 1850, the church was scheduled to become part of the Frankfort city museum, but that plan was called off last year. The trust says the church is now looking for a buyer for its building and two other properties: a 1920 school building and an empty lot.

151 Constitution Street, Lexington: The trust says that for nearly 10 years, the house has deteriorated even though it is in an H-1 historic overlay district.

First Baptist Church on West Main Street, Lexington: The Gothic-style church across from Rupp Arena, has not had a congregation in more than 15 years and suffers from a lack of proper maintenance, the trust says.

601 Boonesboro Avenue, Lexington: The Bell Court house has had the same owner since 1967, but the trust says it appears to be vacant. It has missing siding and holes in the roof can be seen, the trust says.

Ligon House, 658 South Limestone, and Mathews House and Garden, 660 South Limestone, Lexington: The two houses, built in the early 1900s, might be demolished in an expansion plan for the University of Kentucky College of Law. The trust says it and other groups have asked UK to preserve the buildings.

412 West Third Street and 445 West Second Street, Lexington: The trust says these houses, both in historic overlay zones and both owned by a landlord in Chicago, epitomize "demolition by neglect." The trust says that after a report in the Herald-Leader and conversations with the trust, 412 West Third was cleaned up but no repairs were made.

Kentucky Palisades and historic resources in the proposed Interstate 75 connector corridor, Jessamine and Madison counties: The trust is a consulting partner in the Section 106 process regarding a proposed road. Section 106 consultation is undertaken when federal funds are used for a project that might have an adverse effect on historic properties that qualify for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The trust says there is particular concern about the project's effects on the Kentucky Palisades.

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