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The College Hill Neighborhood Association was founded in 1991 as a not-for-profit corporation under Kentucky Revised Statute 273. The organization has approximately forty household members residing in a ten square block area of Bowling Green, Kentucky. This is the largest historic residential neighborhood in the city that maintains its original integrity and character. The goal of the organization is to promote a better neighborhood and community through group action and neighborhood preservation.

The College Hill Neighborhood is a highly concentrated group of nineteenth- and early-twentieth century residences and churches of architectural and historical significance. Styles, forms, and construction methods are mixed freely throughout the district. The majority of structures were built in Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Italianate or Eclectic styles between 1840 and 1930.

The spine of this residential district is State Street, a principal north-south street that connects the Downtown Historic District with the campus of Western Kentucky University on College Hill.  The neighborhood also includes Chestnut, College, and Park Streets that parallel State Street. Starting in the 1880s, the presence of three colleges on the summit of the hill "Ogden College, Potter College and now Western Kentucky University" stimulated the growth of this residential section between the hill and the city's historic core. In addition to housing members of the academic community, the College Hill area has served as home to bank presidents, a Minister to Peru, judges, authors, and all manners of the professional sector.

    



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