Project Completed in Uttingertown

Contact: Whitney Hale

Photo of Union Benevolent Society (UBS) Lodge #28
Union Benevolent Society (UBS) Lodge #28

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“Not only are we researching these communities’ histories and considering their designation as historic places, but also facilitating communication between residents and LFUCG, researching policy options, and making recommendations for actions that might be taken to both protect the communities’ characters and allow them to remain vital in the future.”

-- Julie Riesenweber,
assistant director,
Center for Historic Architecture and Preservation,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2005) -- A number of University of Kentucky students and faculty will help celebrate the completion of a historic preservation project in the Fayette County community of Uttingertown at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15. The restored Union Benevolent Society (UBS) Lodge #28 located on Uttingertown Lane will host an open house, which is free and open to the public, as part of the “Take Pride in the Bluegrass” celebration recognizing historic preservation and tourism in the Bluegrass.

The Uttingertown project is one of approximately 30 historic preservation projects that UK’s Center for Historic Architecture and Preservation has assisted over the last two years. Funding for the preservation of the UBS Lodge #28 was provided through a grant from the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. The funding for this grant was made possible by federal monies provided to the Kentucky Heritage Council from the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service.

UK faculty and students have joined forces with the Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government and the Historic Hamlet Alliance in planning for the futures of these small rural communities in Fayette County, including a significant number of historically African-American hamlets. Numerous UK historic preservation students, along with some students in UK’s architecture and geography programs, have spent a great deal of time working with the communities through related class projects. In planning the communities’ futures, these groups identify the best strategies for preservation of each community’s heritage and distinctiveness.

“UK’s role in this effort is multi-faceted,” said Julie Riesenweber, assistant director of UK’s Center for Historic Architecture and Preservation. “Not only are we researching these communities’ histories and considering their designation as historic places, but also facilitating communication between residents and LFUCG, researching policy options, and making recommendations for actions that might be taken to both protect the communities’ characters and allow them to remain vital in the future.”

For more information on these historic preservation projects, contact Riesenweber at the Center at (859) 257-4629. For more information on the Uttingertown UBS Lodge #28 open house, call (859) 299-4429.


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