Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation presents awards

Martha Moore Award for Historic Preservation winners are, from left, Bill and Lori McIntire, John and Phyllis Sower, Edmond and Wendy Thompson, and David Fields and Nikolai Pennington.

The Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation presented four recipients the Martha Moore Award for Historic Preservation at its board meeting in August. 

Craig Potts, Kentucky’s state historic Preservation Officer, introduced each awardee and Betsy Hatfield, executive director of preservation Kentucky, provided closing remarks.  The recipients were presented with FCTHP plaques by Martha Moore, who founded the trust with like-minded individuals to save and restore the Glenn Willis House.   The four projects awarded are on display at the Paul Sawyier Public Library through September.  The awards went to:

David Fields and Nikolai Pennington for purchasing and renovating the 1924 Clayton Fincel house for their home.  The house remained in the Fincel family until 1968, but was bought in the late 1970s and served as a Montessori school for next two decades.  David and Nikolai have put much effort into renovating the house and the surrounding gardens.  They also recognize the significance their investment has on the greater community.  As Nikolai observed, “This is a special place for the people of Frankfort.  It seems like everyone in Frankfort knows of the house and has been here for one reason or another.  History like this needs to be preserved.”

Bill and Lori MacIntire for their adaptive reuse of a former neighborhood grocery on Logan Street.  Around 1950, the 700 sq. ft. grocery was divided up into a two-bedroom house.  The MacIntires approached their renovation of the building with a respect for both uses.  The result is a one-bedroom house that combines the best elements of both periods, with a large open art studio and living space, a small bedroom, and a full bath.  At the back of the house, they added a screen porch to enjoy the backyard garden and a view of the Capitol.  They strongly believe that smaller projects are critical to injecting life back into our neighborhoods. 

John and Phyllis Sower for preserving the Sower family home in Corner in Celebrities.  The house was built by John’s grandfather, John R. Sower, 1907.  The Sower family has occupied the house ever since.  They embarked on this renovation with care and consideration, which included un-doing some alterations that had occurred along the way and re-doing some original elements that hadn’t been addressed in years.  They also were surprised to find the ceiling joists in one room were actually salvaged lumber from a riverboat.  John and Phyllis are passionate about and dedicated to the City of Frankfort and the revitalization of its downtown core. 

Edmond and Wendy Thompson for rehabilitating their house on the Elkhorn Creek in Peaks Mill.  The family house had been uninhabited for years, but the Thompsons committed to a proper rehabilitation and listed it on the National Register of Historic Places, which enabled them to utilize historic rehabilitation tax credits through the Kentucky Heritage Council.  Their renovation uncovered an original log cabin within the bigger house, as well as other features that convey the unique history of their house and the continuity of its use. Edmond and Wendy have fully embraced the authentic character of their family home.

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