Eastern Kentucky University has announced a new EKU Historic Home Preservation Committee. This committee will decide what happens to some of the historic properties owned by EKU.
“Eastern Kentucky University has established a Historic Home Preservation Committee that is studying and evaluating the best uses for several historic properties owned by the University,” according to the press release.
The committee was created to examine the history of several properties owned by EKU for possible use by both the University and the local community, and to identify immediate needs regarding stabilization of those properties.
EKU President David McFaddin spoke about the committee and the importance of making solutions on how to keep our historic properties stable and keep EKU’s history alive.
“Eastern Kentucky University takes great pride in celebrating our history while always keeping an eye on the future. We want to be good stewards of important historical properties now owned by the University and we want to be good community partners. We’re looking for solutions for how we might best do this in a way that encompasses our University, our community and our history. That’s what this committee is all about,” McFaddin said.
The committee will meet on a monthly basis and have already begun deciding the future of a few historic properties.
“This committee continues to demonstrate Eastern’s commitment to historic preservation. A number of years ago, through the efforts of Eastern and the Madison County Historical Society, 13 buildings on campus were placed on the National Register of Historic Places,” said Charles Hay, EKU Archivist Emeritus and former President of the Madison County Historical Society in a press release.
Hay continued, “Eastern is proud to be custodians of those buildings. However, it now appears there is a need to re-institute this town and gown cooperative relationship. This relationship can help our committee make suggestions about preserving, as resources allow, our architectural heritage and material culture.”
According to the email, the committee has already begun discussions regarding the future of the J. Stone Walker House, a historic property on Lancaster Avenue.
Members of the committee currently include:
Ethan Witt, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Brian Wilcox, Associate Vice President, Facility Services and Capital Planning
Lanny Brannock, Director of Communications
Charles Hay, EKU Archivist Emeritus and former President of the Madison County Historical Society
Jesse Hood, Director, Conferencing and Events
Jackie Couture, Special Collections and Archives
Ashley Thacker, University Records Administrator
Rachel Alexander, Assistant Director, Development
Dr. Daniel Enz, Assistant Professor, Applied Engineering and Technology