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Property Name South Frankfort Neighborhood Historic District (Boundary Increase)
Reference Number 13000557
State Kentucky
County Franklin
Town Frankfort
Street Address Roughly bounded by U.S. 60, Taylor Avenue, the Kentucky River, and Tanglewood Subdivision
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/30/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000557.pdf
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The South Frankfort Neighborhood Historic District (NRJS# 82002698) was listed on the National Register in 1983. The original nomination established a period of significance (POS) of 1833-1925, with Architecture and Politics/Government chosen as Areas of Significance. In describing the district in 1983, the author noted the wide variety of architectural styles and building types that are representative of life in Frankfort during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This new nomination continues citing diversity as a theme which characterizes the neighborhood, giving it its charm, its identity, and its significance. As such, the district will be shown to meet the fourth term of Criterion C, a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction. A few isolated components, such as the State Capitol, Executive Mansion, and the Zeigler House (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), certainly do possess individual distinction in high style architecture, but that quality does not define the overall design value of the district. Rather, one becomes aware of South Frankfort's wide range of housing options, design choices, socio-economic strata, demographics, and activity patterns, all present in an area that is barely more than 40 blocks. The quality of heterogeneity is so meaningful to the people who live in this area because of the strong sense of neighborhood emerging from it. From its earliest days, South Frankfort had a place for everyone, and it continues to offer that. It is a neighborhood in which the state's governor and millionaires live just blocks away from some of Frankfort's poorest and least powerful citizens. The housing forms, of course, reveal these differences. What is intriguing, then, is the ways that people and houses filled up this part of the Capital city during the 20th century, bringing these differences into greater proximity to each other, yet without the need for formal or physical barriers to prevent those differences from resulting in conflict. The landscape of mixed housing styles-the focus of this nomination-provides an external view of an area which thrives by balancing a strong single neighborhood identity against a wide acceptance of individual choices through which one exercises one's individual identity. The people choosing to inhabit South Frankfort today have consciously selected a civic life which embraces a view of unity through tolerance, rather than the mythic 1950s suburban vision of unity, achieved through conformity and sameness.

 

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