Historic Preservation

The HP office is here to serve all the neighborhoods of Newport. Any time you have questions, feel free to contact the Historic Preservation Officer Scott Clark at 859.655.6347 or email Newport's Historic Preservation office, he will be happy to help answer your questions.
Residents of the East Row, York Street, and Monmouth Street Business Local Districts are reminded to obtain a COA (Certificate of Appropriateness) for any exterior alterations on their property prior to commencement of the work. This would include, but is not limited to, replacement of architectural features, work on windows, doors, porches, box gutters, and color selection for painting.

Historic Preservation Commission

The Newport Historic Preservation Commission reviews Certificate of Appropriateness applications that cannot be approved by staff, and all work completed without a COA permit. The Commission meets as needed on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Building multi-purpose room. To confirm if a meeting will be held, contact 859.655.6347.

Historic Districts & Landmarks

In addition to the descriptions listed below, this PDF offers a detailed Map of Local Historic Districts.

York Street National Register Historic District

This district is located on York Street, between 7th and 10th streets. It also includes the property located on the northeast corner of York and 7th. - (Listed in 1995.)

Monmouth Street National Register Historic District

This district runs along Monmouth Street between 3rd and 11th Streets. - (Listed in 1996.)

East Newport National Register Historic District

This district´s boundaries run from 6th Street in the North, to 11th Street in the South. The eastern boundary is Oak Street, while the West is bounded by Saratoga Street. - (Listed in 1983.)

Mansion Hill National Register Historic District

Mansion Hill´s boundaries run from 2nd Street in the north to 6th Street in the south. Its eastern boundaries are Linden and Providence Way, while the west is roughly bounded by Washington Avenue, with some properties located in the blocks between Washington and Saratoga. - (Listed in 1980, with boundary increase in 1985.)

East Row Local Historic District

The second largest local historic district in Kentucky, East Row is comprised of portions of the contiguous East Newport and Mansion Hill National Register districts. East Row´s boundaries run north-south from 2nd Street between Washington and Park, to 9th and 10th Streets. In the east, the boundaries are Oak Street and Linden Avenue, on the west Washington Avenue. The properties within the East Row District are subject to design review, and the East Row Historic District Design Review Guidelines are available on-line and in hard copy. - (Created in 1990.)

Cote Brilliante National Register Historic District

This hillside district encompasses the 600 and 700 blocks of E. 10th Street, and runs south along Vine Street and Park Avenue.- (Listed in 2005.)

Newport Courthouse Square Historic District

St Paul Episcopal Church on Court Place as seen from York Street in Newport KYThis district was established in 2010. The boundary includes buildings facing on E 3rd St., York St., E and W Fourth St., E Southgate Ave and Court Place all centered around the National Register Listed 1883 Campbell County Courthouse.

Carnegie Library

The 1902 Beaux Arts Carnegie Library at 401 Monmouth Street was designated a local landmark in 2006.

James Taylor Mansion

Learn more about the landmark home of Newport Founder General James Taylor, originally called Belle Vue, located at 335 East Third Street by clicking here

Southgate Street School

Built in 1873 and expanded in 1893 this school was the only public school in Campbell County for African-American students until integration in 1955. It was designated a local landmark in 2010.

Charles Wiedemann House

This 1894 transitional Late Victorian Queen Anne with Chateauesque and Colonial Revival variants is attributed to the architectectural firm of Samuel Hannaford and Sons and was home to Charles Wiedemann, son of Wiedemann Brewing Company founder George Wiedeman. It was designated a local landmark in 2010.

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Reference Library

The Newport Historic Preservation Office has a collection of books available for your use, as does the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library. The Office also maintains subscriptions to several journals, from which many of the articles have been cataloged. If you have an interest in any of the sources, or would like articles from any of the journals, please contact the office. Staff can look up particular topics of interest to you and put together a packet that suits your needs. While some books listed are out of print, others may be good suggestions for your own collection. Contact Historic Preservation Officer Scott Clark at 859.655.6347 of email the Newport Historic Preservation office if you would like additional information.


•Old House Journal
•Preservation (National Trust for Historic Preservation)
•Preservation Forum (National Trust for Historic Preservation)
•CRM: Cultural Resource Management CRM - Cultural Resource Management (National Park Service)
•Victorian Homes

Technical Publications

•Preservation Briefs - complete set: 1-41 (National Park Service)
•Preservation Tech Notes - selected topics including windows, metals, masonry, woodwork and finishes (National Park Service)

Preservation Theory/Planning

•Information Series (National Trust for Historic Preservation)



•Cleaning Stone and Masonry, James R. Clifton, Editor
•A Glossary of Historic Masonry Deterioration Problems and Preservation Treatments
•Keeping it Clean: Removing Exterior Dirt, Paint, Stains and Graffiti from Historic Masonry Buildings by Anne E. Grimmer
•Reviving Old Houses: Over 500 Low-Cost Tips & Techniques by Alan Dan Orme
•Fabrics for Historic Buildings by Jane C. Nylander
•Lighting for Historic Buildings by Roger W. Moss
•Wallpapers for Historic Buildings
•Floor Coverings for Historic Buildings by Helene Von Rosenstiel and Gail Caskey Winkler
•Restoration Manual No. 11 from editors of Old House Journal
•Preservation Sourcebook, Mid-Atlantic Edition: The Comprehensive Directory of Products and Services for Historic Preservation and Restoration
•How to Create Your Own Painted Lady: A Comprehensive Guide to Beautifying Your Victorian Home by Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen
•The Complete Home Restoration Manual: An Authoritative, Do-It-Yourself Guide to Restoring and Maintaining the Older House by Albert Jackson and David Day
•Renovating Brick Houses: For Yourself or for Investment by Phillip J. Decker and T. Newell Decker
•Do-It-Yourself Projects For Your Own Backyard by Ernest V. Heyn and Alfred W. Lees
•Rehab Right: How to Realize the Full Value of Your Old House by Helaine Kaplan Prentice and Blair Prentice
•Conserving Buildings: A Manual of Techniques and Materials by Martin E. Weaver
•Twentieth-Century Building Materials: History and Conservation, edited by Thomas C. Jester
•Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically by Roger W. Moss and Gail Caskey Winkler
•Caring for Your Historic House by Heritage Preservation and National Park Service
•Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings Roger W. Moss, editor
•Authentic Color Schemes for Victorian Houses: Comstock´s Modern House Painting 1883 by E.K. Rossiter and F.A. Wright
•Repairing Old and Historic Windows: A Manual for Architects and Homeowners from the New York Landmarks Conservancy
•Historic Building Facades: The Manual for Maintenance and Rehabilitation from the New York Landmarks Conservancy
•The Victorian Design Book: A Complete Guide to Victorian House Trim by Lee Valley
•Victorian Woodturnings and Woodwork: The 1893 Blumer and Kuhn Catalog of Premium Millwork
•Victorian Ornamental Carpentry by Ben Karp
•Turn-of-the-Century Doors, Windows, and Decorative Millwork: The Mulliner Catalog of 1893
•Roberts & Illustrated Millwork Catalog: A Sourcebook of Turn-of-the-Century Architectural Woodwork
•Gaslighting in America: A Pictorial Survey, 1815-1910 by Denys Peter Myers
•Illustrated Catalogue of American Hardware of the Russell and Erwin Manufacturing Manufacturing Company

Architectural History/Architectural Styles

•Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945 by John J.-G. Blumenson
•A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester
•llustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture
•Sturgis & Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture and Building Volumes I-III
•A Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Francis D.K. Ching
•American Vernacular Interior Architecture, 1870-1940 by Jan Jennings and Herbert Gottfried
•A Concise History of American Architecture by Leland M. Roth
•American Architecture by David P. Handlin
•The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture
•Old House Dictionary: An Illustrated Guide to American Domestic Architecture 1600-1940 by Steven J. Phillips
•The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture by Rachel Carley
•100 Turn-of-the-Century Brick Bungalows With Floor Plans by Manson Rogers

Historic Preservation Theory/Practice

•Cultural Resource Laws and Practice: An Introductory Guide by Thomas F. King
•The American Mosaic: Preserving a Nation´s Heritage, edited by Robert E. Stipe and Antoinette J. Lee
•Design Review in Historic Districts by Alice Meriwether Bowsher
•History on the Line: Testimony in the Cause of Preservation by Richard W. Longstreth
•Building on the Past, Traveling to the Future: A Preservationist´s Guide to the Federal Transportation Enhancement Provision
•Secretary of the Interior´s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings from the National Park Service
•Procedural Due Process: A Guide for Preservation Commissions
•Takings Law in Plain English
•All About Old Buildings: The Whole Preservation Catalog from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
•Researching Heritage Buildings

National Register Bulletins

•How to Complete the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form
•How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation
•How to Complete the National Register Registration Form
•Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Rural Historic Landscapes
•Researching a Historic Property
•Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning
•Guidelines for Evaluating and Nominating Properties that Have Achieved Significance Within the Past Fifty Years
•Defining Boundaries for National Register Properties

Walking Tours/Guide Books

•Architecture & Construction in Cincinnati: A Guide to Buildings, Designers & Builders
Walking Cincinnati: 52 Scenic Hikes Through our Parks & Neighborhoods
•Great Homes of the Queen City
•Windows of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
•A Guide to Art & Architecture in Cincinnati´s Parks

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