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Tate Building Documentation Collection

Accession Number: HC 43
Tate Building Documentation Collection

Dates: 2004
.5 linear feet, 1 manuscript box
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Brief History

Access and Use
Provenance: Donated to the Berea College Special Collections & Archives Department in 2009 by Michael G. Spencer.

Restrictions: No known restrictions. Please cite all references to this collection.

Preferred Citation: Tate Building Documentation Collections, HC 43, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Related Archives
HC 5, Berea City Records, 1890-1918


The following excerpt from the collection's abstract statement explains most clearly the contents of the collection:
"The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) acquired the historic Tate Building located at 444 Chestnut Street, Berea, Kentucky in June of 1997. During an April 7, 2004 meeting with MACED and Berea City officials it was determined that the building should be documented in its current condition, prior to any adaptive re-use initiatives or other proposed alterations. The Center for Historic Architercture and Preservation at the University of Kentucky was consulted and it was determined that a student in the graduate program for Historic Preservation could document the structure as part of HP-699-001, Summer Internship course.
This report focuses on the documentation of the historic Tate Building. The documentation was conducted at State Level I. During the documentation process it was determined that the building is eligible under Criteria A for listing in the National Register of Historic Places."

Brief History

In 1929, W.B. Tate began construction of the Tate Building on a lot he had purchased from S.E. Welch in 1924. The construction of this brick building followed the destruction of the wooden frame buildings on the lot, during the "Welch block" fire shortly after its purchase in 1924. Intially, the Tate Building served as a hotel, and in the 1950s the bottom floor was converted to store fronts. Various businesses have operated in the space during the past six decades.

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Binder I
Report: State Level Documentation of 444 Chestnut Street, Berea, Madison County, Kentucky

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Research and Survey Methodology
  3. Historic Context
  4. Description and Evaluation of Property
  5. Chain of Title
  6. Conclusion
  7. Sources
  8. Supplemental Bibliography

Binder II
Additional Documentation

Contents List

  1. Photographic Documentation Chart
  2. Negative Sleeves
  3. Slide
  4. Deeds and Census Documents
  5. Interviews
  6. Field Notes
  7. Newspaper Articles (preservation copies)
  8. Miscellaneous Documents
  9. Architectural Drawings

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