Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards

Mrs. Milly Ann Stewart, center, is flanked by Gov. Matt Bevin and Steve Collins at the 40th annual presentation of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards last week at Berry Hill Mansion. Mrs. Stewart received the highest honor — the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award. Gov. Bevin received a Service to Preservation award. Collins is chair of the foundation. (Photo submitted)

A Frankfort woman received the highest honor at the 40th annual presentation of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards last week at Berry Hill Mansion.  

Milly Ann Stewart received the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award for her lifetime of service and philanthropy on behalf of many of Kentucky’s most iconic historic sites, including Stewart Home and School, Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, and the Old State Capitol. Among other accomplishments, she chaired the “Save the Mansion” campaign under Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. and First Lady Phyllis George Brown to restore and modernize the Governor’s Mansion in the early 1980s.

“Through her legacy of giving and quiet support for many of Kentucky’s most important and venerated historic buildings, Mrs. Stewart has indeed made a significant and lasting impact on helping preserve these places for many generations of Kentuckians yet to come,” said Steve Collins, foundation chair, in making the presentation.

The awards, which honor excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, are sponsored in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

Gov. Matt Bevin received a Service to Preservation Award for exemplary stewardship of state-owned historic properties, principally for working with the Finance and Administration Cabinet to initiate plans and dedicate $2 million for repairs and exterior cleaning of the Kentucky State Capitol, which had not been done since the Beaux Arts-style building’s dedication in 1910.

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