The Green River Academy’s “Assembly Hall” is back in place after a 130 year hiatus. When the Academy was converted into a private residence in 1891, the large room on the second floor of the building was broken up into multiple spaces.
Elkton, Ky. (October 29, 2014) – Now that we’re coming closer to the exciting finish details of the Green River Academy’s restoration, the Board of Trustees have decided to share the progress of the restoration of the Academy with our supporters. Today our contractors have begun to install the trim mock-ups for the Green River Academy. The Academy’s trim pieces are composed of multiple trims that form a boxed-end cornice. The trim features two rows of drilled dentil molding, which is fairly unusual in period buildings in the Western Kentucky region. Drilled dentil molding features a typical dental motif but also possesses holes drilled above the dentils, halfway into the trim, primarily for additional decoration.
The pictures attached to this post show a general mock-up of how the trim will look. While these trim pieces aren’t the final trims that will actually be used in the restoration of the building’s original moldings, it gives our preservation architect, Michael Emrick, and the Board of Trustees, a better idea as to whether or not the restoration is on point in regards to trim selections.
The original moldings for the Academy will be duplicated and attached to the boxed cornice structure. Custom knives will be made from the remaining profiles of the Academy’s molding and the same species of wood as the original, poplar, will be used to create the final moldings for the restoration.
While we had hoped that some of the original trim would have remained in place, every remaining piece was too deteriorated. Fortunately, the remaining trim wasn’t so far deteriorated that we could pull exact measurements from it to produce replacements. The original trim pieces will be kept in the Academy for the study of the next generations and to ensure that all future restorations will have first generation remnants from which to create new pieces.
The Board of Trustees
The Green River Academy Preservation Society’s annual charity ball fundraiser, the “Blue Moon Ball,” will be held on Saturday, October 18, 7PM at the Jefferson Davis State Park in Fairview, Kentucky to raise funds for the preservation of the historic Green River Academy. This year’s theme for the event is inspired by the membership of the school reaching its 180 year anniversary, and will showcase the history of the school and feature Kentucky products from around the state.
This year’s attendees will be treated to locally made barbecue and trimmings. Guests will also enjoy Kentucky themed cocktails and wines sponsored by Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Budweiser of Hopkinsville. The event will feature live music from Nashville band “Bueller.” The Blue Moon Ball, along with other Green River Academy Preservation Society events throughout the year, raises significant funding for the preservation of the 19th century academy located in Elkton, Kentucky.
As of this year, the Academy is being restored with the help of a Community Development Block Grant awarded in the amount of $500,000 by Governor Steven L. Beshear & the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Plans for the building call for a training facility for area community members who desire to expand their educations in order to compete in the local career market for jobs in new advanced technologies that have recently taken root in the western Kentucky region. The building will also serve as a local commerce center, in addition to possessing a professionally managed and accredited archives for relics of the region’s history.
Harmonized voices intertwined with guitar, piano, trumpets, and bass, carrying the notes of familiar songs that bellowed over the roar of a room of dapperly dressed men and women, while glasses chimed a crystal clink and old friends joyously gathered amongst the brilliant afternoon sunset to celebrate as patrons of the historic Green River Academy’s third annual Blue Moon Ball.
The Green River Academy is featured in an Associated Press news story that has circulated to multiple newspapers. On October 10, 2011, Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown featured the article, “Preservation of History 1 Man’s Passion,” which outlines the Academy project’s growth since 2009. For more information on this story, please read the following news releases on the project. The following news and media sources have included the article