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V. Kolbenschlag: Let's take Gov. Bevin up on Beautify challenge

'A real possibility as a winner in the contest Beautify the Bluegrass is to beautify the centerpiece of the Columbia Public Square - the 1885 historic courthouse.' - V.K.
Comments about: Gov. Bevin Launches 'Beautify the Bluegrass' Initiative

By Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Here is my comment for a project in Gov. Bevin's Beautify the Bluegrass challenge:

Columbia has an architecturally and historically significant building that not only needs preserved, but in the process of being preserved can 'beautify our town.'

I think a real possibility as a winner in the contest Beautify the Bluegrass is to beautify the centerpiece of the Columbia Public Square - the 1885 historic courthouse.

With the 1970s wings removed there would be more green space for beautiful landscaping. With those additions removed, there would be less area in the building to maintain, to heat, and to cool. There would be fewer problems with leaks that occur with the attachments of the four additions. Visibility for traffic and pedestrians would improve with the removal.

It would not be easy of course, but we have people with the "know-how" to do this. Yes, it would be expensive, but I think there is a long term gain in historic preservation. Preservation of buildings is said to impact favorably on economic development.

Not every county has such a centerpiece of history as well as a chance to preserve an inspiring work of architecture. This is our chance!! Let's show Gov. Bevin we accept this offer to Beautify the Bluegrass by beautifying and preserving our historic courthouse and public square.

- Vonnie K.

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Historic Adair Courthouse: a dream message, a letter, a contest

2017-08-28 - Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Let's take the Governor's challenge, Adair County. He says to take something here and make it better. Clicking 'read more' below this photo connects you to the appeal from our local historian to take Gov. Bevin's challenge with our historic Adair County Courthouse which has waited so long to be a priority. The focus is becoming more clear by the minute. Many here are intentional about restoration of this landmark building and continue to ask and take action for its upgrades and repurposing as a community gathering place. There are those at work right now on the chimney tops (thank you, fiscal court). There is yet another group working out how to make new parts so the clock will work again (we can't announce this yet). And then this reminder -- someone placed a little decorated rock with the word "dream" written on it, along with craft decorations to make it draw interest (see lower right corner of photo). The Governor's challenge comes -- can you hear the cymbals in the grand crescendo -- right on the heels of all these things. It has to be a sign, right? So we share the unidentified artist's "dream" message (thank you for that reminder), and the appeal from the devoted historian, and the beautiful geraniums by the fountain, thanks to the Garden Club. See how the residents of this place are coming together? See how we can win the contest, bring our governor to town for a public square barbecue and how everyone of us can reap the benefits of a community coming together to make things better here? Pay attention, Gov. Bevin, this contest belongs to Adair County, we are making our place better! Please be taking pictures of every effort toward the deadline! - LW

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