Holly Wiedemann of AU Associates is a recipient of the Linda Bruckheimer Excellence in Rural Preservation Award presented by Preservation Kentucky for work on the Jenkins School Apartments and Senior Center.
Jenkins School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1912 a year after Consolidated Coal Company purchased a 100,000-acre tract of land in Letcher, Pike and Floyd counties for a coal town.
The school was vacant and neglected for many years until Jenkins native Rosemary Shook returned to her hometown and worked to clean and maintain the building while raising funds to restore it.
AU Associates converted the classrooms in the school building into 26 apartments for seniors and the gymnasium into a banquet hall and Jenkins Senior Citizens Center. Additional space is used for a studio for the Letcher County Government Access Television Station.