Preservation group puts 11 historical buildings at University of Kentucky on endangered list

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Eleven historical buildings on the University of Kentucky's rapidly changing campus are the most endangered historic structures in Central Kentucky, the Blue Grass Trust announced Thursday.

The UK Board of Trustees is expected to approve demolition of several of the buildings on the trust's annual list of endangered places to make way for new dorms at its meeting Friday, according to an agenda for the meeting. Those include Jewell and Holmes Halls, two residence halls designed by noted architect Ernst Johnson that sit on the corner of South Limestone and Euclid Avenue. Also due to be razed is the Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, according to Blue Grass Trust officials.

"We challenge the university to evolve its thinking about its built environment and consider ways to maintain, preserve, restore and adaptively reuse original campus buildings for a new era," said trust member Bill Johnston, who announced the list of 11 UK buildings.

The trust releases a new list each year of historical structures that are in danger of demolition. According to a Jan. 29 letter to UK President Eli Capilouto, the trust said, "The goal of this list is to initiate a progressive dialogue that creates positive long-term solutions."

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