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HP students successfully campaign for Spindletop’s inclusion on National Register

October 23, 2013   |  

UK/CoD Historic Preservation students scored a victory for Lexington's famed Spindletop Hall.
After two years of work, the iconic property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
"It's an honorific list; it tells our story", said Rachel Kennedy, Executive Director of Preservation Kentucky, the state's preservation office. "This property will be forever more listed in the National Register based on its significance."
"This building was one of the reason the World Equestrian Games were held here in Lexington," said Holly Weidemann. It was Ms. Weidemann and her students who spearheaded the Spindletop campaign.
To be considered eligible, a property must meet the National Register Criteria for Evaluation. This involves examining the property’s age, integrity, and significance. Over the course of two years, students conducted research, site visits, and interviews as part of the nomination process. 
Completed in 1937 by Mildred (Pansy) Yount, Spindletop Hall was a "modern mansion of classical architecture". The house and the surrounding farm were puchased by the University in 1959. Since 1962, Spindletop has been the residence of the UK Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Club.
The students involved in the nomination were:
Bruce Carter
Mark Fluehr
Alyssa Myers
Patrice Perlman
William Updike
Angelene Hoffert
Kathy Martinolich
Zina Merkin
Whitney Schieltz
Eric Whisman
Joey Klare