The LFUCG Division of Historic Preservation is responsible for activities related to the conserving of historic structures, districts and resources in Lexington-Fayette County. The Historic Preservation staff provides technical assistance to owners of historic properties, works with property owners in the historic districts to assist them with the design review process and other preservation concerns, reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness and formulates the materials for the Board of Architectural Review process, as well as handling the needed legal notices for same. The study process for the creation of newly proposed H-1 districts and the designation report, legal notification, etc., is handled by the Division of Historic Preservation. The staff also surveys historic resources within urban and rural areas of Lexington-Fayette County, works with individuals, consultants and groups doing research on Fayette County historic sites, prepares National Register nominations and local historic district studies, and reviews rehabilitation projects of National Register properties that utilize Federal funds and are done through the Division of Housing and Community Development.
The staff reviews all requests for demolition permits in Lexington-Fayette County and issues a thirty-day hold relative to structures determined to be historically and/or architecturally significant. During this thirty-day period, staff documents the structure prior to the issuance of a demolition permit. Staff also reviews stone wall applications throughout Lexington-Fayette County in accordance with the Stone Wall Preservation Ordinance as well as Planning decisions. The staff administers the day-to-day activities of the office, Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Commission.
The Historic Preservation staff provides support for both the Board of Architectural Review, a five-member historic district design review board that is appointed by the Mayor and the Urban County Council, and the Historic Preservation Commission, a fifteen-member volunteer government board that is also appointed by the Mayor and the Urban County Council.
The Board of Architectural Review (BOAR) holds twice monthly public hearings to review requests for exterior changes to properties protected by an H-1 overlay zone. At present, there are fifteen local historic districts and two local landmarks, which include over 2,000 buildings. The Board has delegated to the Division of Historic Preservation Staff the capacity to review and issue Certificates of Appropriateness for a variety of work. Ordinary maintenance does not require a review and no interior work, unless it affects the exterior, is reviewed. Applications are reviewed utilizing Design Review Guidelines, which are reviewed and updated periodically, allowing for equitable decisions in all applications in the historic districts.
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) promotes preservation issues of importance in Lexington-Fayette County. They are charged with discussing, deliberating and taking action on preservation issues within the county. The Commission reviews nominations of historic and architecturally significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places, promotes local historic districts and landmarks, works with preservation education for Lexington-Fayette County, and periodically reviews and updates the Design Review Guidelines. The Commission also aids in the coordination of public and private events that have to do with historic preservation and education of the public, owners of historic landmarks, residents of historic areas and other interested parties.
The City of Lexington and Fayette County has a rich and diverse heritage. This heritage has been recognized on both the national and local levels. In addition to twenty-five National Register Historic Districts, there are three National Historic Landmarks.
Lexington has had local historic districts since the mid-1950s. Since that time, fifteen districts and two landmarks have been so designated and are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Architectural Review.
Maps of the Historic Districts and Landmarks
BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW 2016 MEETING SCHEDULE
The Board of Architectural Review (BOAR) meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Council Chambers located on the Second Floor of the Urban County Government Center, 200 East Main Street. Meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. If you need additional information, contact the Division of Historic Preservation at 258-3265.
**** January, November & December meetings merged together due to holidays
PLEASE NOTE: All Board of Architectural Review meetings are televised on Telecable Channel 3, the Government Access Channel, unless the meeting is moved from Council Chambers due to a time conflict with an Urban County Council session.