The Division of Historic Properties (DHP) is responsible for the preservation, conservation, and cyclical maintenance of The New State Capitol, The Executive Mansion, The Old Governor's Mansion, Berry Mansion, and the Vest-Lindsey House in Frankfort, Kentucky. as mandated by KRS 42.014, KRS 11.026 and 11.027, as well as other Finance-owned historic properties. The Division of Historic Properties works in accordance with the Secretary of Interior Standards while always maintaining an assurance to manage our resources wisely, as stewards of the Commonwealth's assets. The division is responsible for inventory and maintenance of state-owned furnishings, artifacts, and objects of art, while also documenting annual conservation needs and selecting the most qualified restoration professionals to secure the Commonwealth's historic treasures.
The Director of the Division of Historic Properties serves as State Curator and Secretary of the Historic Properties Advisory Commission (HPAC); a body statutorily responsible for the management and conservation efforts of the New State Capitol, the Executive Mansion and the Old Governor's Mansion. The division advises and consults with other state agencies concerning preservation and maintenance projects at other State-owned historic sites.
The Division of Historic Properties is also responsible for the scheduling and management of meetings and special events such as weddings, receptions, and dinners at the Berry Mansion, a premier event venue in Franklin County, and the Vest-Lindsey House. Historic Properties is also responsible for the effective management of events at the Capitol building and grounds, balancing public use with preservation of our landmark Capitol building.
The Division of Historic Properties is driven by our commitment to excellence. Our main objectives are:
- Coordination of the preservation and conservation of Finance-owned historic buildings
- Maintaining an accurate inventory and adequate insurance on all fine art, decorative arts and antiques within historic properties state statute
- Effectively managing public use and preservation with special event and needs at historically significant properties under our agency's purview
2021 Kentucky Derby Poster
To celebrate the 147th Kentucky Derby, Governor Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear selected Lexington artist Lennon Michalski to design the 2021 Governor’s Celebration Derby Poster. The poster portrays the commonwealth’s long-standing history and love of horseracing. Michalski’s inspiration for the poster came from a time when he once attended the races with his young son. The excitement of watching from the rail and holding a winning ticket were his inspiration for the 2021 poster. The horse industry and the derby have always been a big part of Kentucky culture. The poster captures the electric atmosphere of the “the most exciting two minutes in sports” that can only be found in the commonwealth.
About the Artist
Lennon Michalski is an artist from Lexington, Kentucky. His dimensional and digital works have been exhibited in North Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. He has also displayed work in group exhibitions internationally in Mexico, Colombia, and China. His work has been featured in the collections of University of Kentucky Healthcare, the University of Kentucky, Clark Regional Medical Center, Churchill Downs Executive Office, and Eastern Kentucky University. Michalski is currently working on a mural in the North Lime area of Lexington, Kentucky, and has completed two other murals; one in Ethiopia, and one for the Tate’s Creek Kroger. In addition to his paintings and digital projects, he recently self-published his first book entitled, “How Penguins Save Television.” The original artwork has been shown at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and the Woodford County Library. “How Penguins Save Television” can be found for purchase at Joseph Beth Booksellers, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, and the 36th Annual Kentucky State Book Fair.