LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Tuesday members of Preservation Louisville announced the city's best protected and most vulnerable historic places.
The announcement took place at the Louisville Water Tower, the top 2014 most successful preservation recipient.
"May is preservation month," said Charles Cash, Preservation Louisville President while addressing a group gathered inside.
"We have been working to restore both the exterior and the interior," said Jim Brammell, Louisville Water Company President. "It was on this site in 1860 that the first gallons of water were pumped by the Louisville Water Company."
Metro Louisville's 2014 Top 10 Endangered Historic Places List
Metro Louisville's 2013 Top 10 Preservation Successes List
"Many buildings," began Preservation Louisville Executive Director Marianne Zickuhr, "are slated for demolition as opposed to being renovated for reuse."
Zickuhr said nearly seven thousand abandoned and foreclosed properties faced the most threat, followed by historic educational buildings and mid-century modern structures.
"Art Deco emerged during the jazz age of the 1920s and reflected the exuberance of the time."
According to Zickuhr, that exuberance is in jeopardy with all ten endangered properties. In order to qualify for the list, each of the nationally registered historic properties had to be in imminent threat of demolition or severely deteriorated.
"Many of these were anchors in our communities that would create a sense of place for our neighborhoods and unfortunately many of them are falling in disrepair and we're having a hard time finding adaptive reuses for these buildings," said Zickuhr. "So, we hope to encourage, by highlighting these types of inventories on our lists, to get people to really get out and want to reinvest in our neighborhoods in the built structures that are already available."
It's something Preservation Louisville members believed could be accomplished. The proof: the ten milestones highlighted in their top preservation successes list.
"The Belle [of Louisville]," began Zickuhr, "is the oldest, operating Mississippi River style steamboat in the world!"
In an additional effort to preserve thousands of Louisville's shotgun houses, Zickuhr said all donations made to the organization's Preservation S.O.S. Save Our Shotguns program through the Give Local Louisville campaign on Tuesday would be doubled by the Community Foundation.
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