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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Louisville To Host National Preservation Conference This Fall

Tuesday June 15, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville will be host this fall for the 2004 National Preservation Conference sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The conference, which will be held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3, is expected to attract more than 2,000 people to Louisville from across the country. The theme for the conference is “Restore America: Communities at a Crossroads.”

“In winning the conference, Louisville beat out Memphis and New Orleans – a testament to our preservation commitment and Kentucky’s unique heritage,” Abramson said. “Hosting the conference provides a great opportunity to showcase our wonderful historic neighborhoods, regional heritage, cultural diversity and the close ties that exist between communities in Louisville and Southern Indiana that make us a region.”

Louisville’s Brown-Forman Corporation is serving as the principal conference sponsor.

Abramson also said the community is examining ways to ensure that it preserves some of its most important historic structures such as the old Marine Hospital in the Portland neighborhood.

Abramson, who was joined by conference leaders and officials with the Kentucky Heritage Council, announced this morning that progress has been made in saving the structure. Nearly $2.5 million has been secured in federal, state and local funding for the building’s preservation.

Last year, the Marine Hospital - a National Historic Landmark -- was listed by the National Trust as one of America's eleven most endangered historic places.
“The Marine Hospital has been a building at a crossroads for some time,” Abramson said. “I’m pleased that significant dollars have been earmarked to ensure that this important building is no longer on the endangered list.”