Kentucky town’s downtown district added to National Register

August 18, 2022 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The historic downtown 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. Owners of the buildings may now apply for 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 station.

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

Most of the buildings are made of brick or brick veneer, are one to two stories and were built between 1881 and 1969. Most of the architectural styles and types feature commercial Italianate, commercial Art Moderne and Craftsman bungalows, the council said.