NERD ALERT: Historic Preservation Approvals

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved six nominations for the National Register of Historic Places at a meeting yesterday.

Let’s just dig in:

Courtney Mathews House, 547 Breckenridge Street, Lexington – Built circa 1905, this 1½ story stone dwelling reflects a style showing influences of a transitional period between the irregular massing of the Victorian era and the blockiness of the early 20th century arts and crafts foursquare. The house was built close to the Kentucky Association racetrack on Breckenridge Street as part of the Loudon Park Association residential area. It is being identified and interpreted for its association with Lexington horseman Courtney Mathews, a major contributor to African American history in relation to Lexington’s horse racing history. Mathews trained Kentucky Derby winner Alan-a-Dale and oversaw the Ashland Stud Farm for nearly 40 years. The house is being nominated under National Register Criteria B, property associated with the lives of persons significant in our past, considered significant within the context of “African American Contributions to Horse Racing in Lexington, 1875-1940.”

Mayfield Electric and Water Service Building, 310 East Broadway, Mayfield – Built in 1955 in the International style, the one-story Mayfield Electric and Water Service Building is constructed with Bedford limestone and features a main entrance on its southwest corner, framed in aluminum and topped by a one-of-a-kind marquee proclaiming “TVA POWER” above the company’s name. The building is being nominated under National Register Criterion A, property associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history, significant within the context of “Electric Power Service in Mayfield, 1891-1960.” Electric power became ubiquitous in American life during the 20th century, and the nominated building provides the public in this county seat town with the main point of contact with the business of that utility. Of note, the operation started out as a private business and later was purchased by the city of Mayfield, which continues to operate it as a successful municipal utility.

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