Courthouse restoration wins prestigious statewide award

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Photo courtesy Lexington Herald-Leader

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s transformation of the historic courthouse on Main Street earned one of the state’s most prestigious historic preservation awards.

The courthouse has been turned into a modern, mixed-use office and event space.

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The Kentucky Heritage Council, the state’s historic preservation office, said the rehabilitation of the courthouse “required innovative financing and creative vision.”

According to the city, $32 million dollars was allocated to the project by a public-private partnership partially financed through historic tax credits.

The city says the courthouse was one of three preservation projects statewide to receive the award.

VisitLEX, Lexington’s convention and visitors bureau, will cut a ribbon to officially open its new state-of-the-art Visitor Center on June 14.

Work continues on the other floors, where there will be a restaurant and bar. All of the space in the Courthouse is leased. The rent will cover operating and maintenance costs.

The public will be invited to tour the building when work is complete in late summer.