Preservation Kentucky’s Easement Program

One of the best ways to protect and preserve historic properties is with a conservation easement.  Placing a conservation / historic preservation easement on a building monitored by Preservation Kentucky ensures the preservation of the property in perpetuity.  It may also qualify as a charitable donation, providing financial tax benefit to the owner.

A conservation easement is a legal tool used to preserve the integrity of a historic building, site, object or landscape. The legal structure of the easement agreement allows the owner to retain rights of ownership, while granting Preservation Kentucky the right to prevent current and future owners from making changes that would compromise the historic integrity of the resource.  An executed easement agreement becomes part of the deed record and is binding in perpetuity.   A conservation easement is the single best assurance an owner has that a building will be preserved, maintained and protected.