Accession Number: HC 43
Tate Building Documentation Collection
.5 linear feet, 1 manuscript box
Online Catalog Record (BANC)
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.
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
the National Register of Historic
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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Report: State Level Documentation
of 444 Chestnut Street, Berea, Madison County, Kentucky
Table of Contents
- Research and Survey Methodology
- Historic Context
- Description and Evaluation of Property
- Chain of Title
- Supplemental Bibliography
- Photographic Documentation Chart
- Negative Sleeves
- Deeds and Census Documents
- Field Notes
- Newspaper Articles (preservation copies)
- Miscellaneous Documents
- Architectural Drawings
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