What We Do
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit advocate for historic preservation that strives to protect, revitalize and promote the special historic places in our community in order to enhance the quality of life for future generations.
The Blue Grass Trust was founded in 1955 by a spirited group of Lexington citizens who were determined to save the John Wesley Hunt residence from demolition. This group raised funds to purchase and restore the property, now known as the Hunt-Morgan House, to its original 1814 appearance. Today, the house stands as a testimonial to the beginning of the Blue Grass Trust and the birth of the preservation movement in Central Kentucky.
Over the years, the Trust has helped save many other historic structures, including the Dudley House, Shakertown of Pleasant Hill, the Adam Rankin House, Henry Clay’s Law Office, Belle Brezing’s Row Houses, the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the Stilfield Log House and Benjamin Latrobe’s Pope Villa.
Today, the Trust continues to provide valuable leadership and inspiration to the preservation movement in Central Kentucky and throughout the state. As the region’s leading preservation organization, the Trust works diligently to fulfill its mission of education, service and advocacy.
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation serves as the region’s leading advocacy organization for all preservation related matters. Founded in 1955, we are the 14th oldest preservation organization in the United States. Since the time of its formation, the BGT has endeavored to promote the public recognition and preservation of buildings, structures, neighborhoods, districts, areas and objects which form the foundation of the Bluegrass Region’s historic fabric.
January 2013 Preservation Matters Newsletter
BGT Advocacy Letters:
Blue Grass Trust's letter concerning the University of Kentucky Master Plan (March 15, 2013)
Blue Grass Trust's support for the Ashland Park H-1 at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council Meeting (January 22, 2013)
Blue Grass Trust's letter of support to the Madison County Historical Society for two historic buildings in Richmond, KY (January 22, 2013)
The Lexington Herald-Leaders editorial support for the Ashland Park H-1 Overlay (January 18, 2013)
BGT's response concerning an appeal to the Planning Commission to keep a gazebo at the corner of Mill & Maxwell Streets (Nov. 15, 2012)
Blue Grass Trust's support of a landowner restoring long-neglected houses on E. Third St. at the BOAR (November 14, 2012)
Blue Grass Trust's support to for the renovation & transformation of the First National Bank Building into a 21c Museum Hotel (Oct. 25, 2012)
Blue Grass Trust's support for the Ashland Park H-1 at the Planning Commission Hearing (October 22, 2012)
BGT's support of the Board of Architectural Review's decision concerning inappropriate vinyl windows at 354-358 Oldham Ave. (Aug. 7, 2012)
Blue Grass Trust's response concerning a conditional use permit at 626 Kastle Rd. and 320 Rose Lane (July 18, 2012)
Blue Grass Trust's support for the University of Kentucky's Creative Pathway and Portal Plan (June 27, 2012)
Blue Grass Trust's letter to David Jarvis concerning 412 W. 3rd St. and 445 W. 2nd Street (June 13, 2012)
Blue Grass Trust Guest Editorial appeared in Lexington Herald-Leader (December 27, 2011)
Blue Grass Trust's response to the proposed Boone Creek Adventures Development (December 16, 2011)
Blue Grass Trust's response to the proposed update to Woodford County's Comprehensive Plan (November 2, 2011)
Blue Grass Trust's response to the proposed subdivision of 617 West Short Street in Lexington, KY (December 5, 2011)
Blue Grass Trust's support of a conditional use permit for historic Helm Place (August 18, 2011)
Blue Grass Trust's response to the proposed expanded mining operations of Vulcan Construction Materials, Inc. (January 27, 2011)
BGT Advocacy Correspondence Concerning 658 S. Limestone (Ligon House) & 660 S. Limestone (Mathews House & Garden)
BGT's Letter to UK President Eli Capilouto & Dean David Brennen concerning 658 & 660 S. Limestone (June 18, 2012)
Response from Bob Wiseman, UK's Vice President for Facilities Managment, concerning 658 & 660 S. Limestone (Aug. 1, 2012)
Kentucky Heritage Council letter to Bob Wiseman about potential Section 106 Review concerning 658 & 660 S. Limestone (Aug. 18, 2012)
Email sent to UK College of Law students and alumni by Dean David Brennen about the potential demolition of 658 & 660 S. Limestone (Aug. 28, 2012)
Link to the Lexington Herald-Leader's article about the potential demolition of the Mathews House & Ligon House (Aug. 28, 2012)
Link to the Kentucky Kernel's article concering the potential demolition of the Mathews House & Ligon House (Aug. 28, 2012)