Kentucky Town’s downtown district added to the National Register

ByShannon J. Cortes

Aug 18, 2022


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The downtown historic district of a Kentucky college town has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Morehead’s downtown historic district has 53 commercial, government and residential structures. Building owners can now claim state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Three notable structures are all over 100 years old: the Richardsonian Romanesque Rowan County Courthouse, the C&O Passenger Depot, and the Lexington & Big Sandy Railroad Freight Yard.

The nomination to the National Register was evaluated in the context of community planning and development in relation to Morehead’s three main growth factors – education, transportation and industry, the Kentucky Heritage Council said in a statement. Press. Morehead is home to Morehead State University.

Most buildings are brick or brick veneer, have one or two stories, and were built between 1881 and 1969. Most architectural styles and types feature commercial Italianate, commercial modern, and craftsman bungalows. , the council said.