W. Trent Spurlock

Senior Architectural Historian

Western Kentucky University, B.S. Accounting

University of Kentucky, Master of Historic Preservation



Architectural Historian

Trent Spurlock has over 16 years of experience as an Architectural Historian with CRA. Trent received his master of historic preservation degree from the University of Kentucky. His working understanding of Section 106 compliance, mitigation procedures, National Register of Historic Places evaluation, and field management makes him an asset to the CRA team. Trent has extensive experience surveying and serving as principal investigator for various types of projects for Section 106 compliance, including highway improvement/reconstruction projects, electric transmission corridors, and United States Army Corps of Engineers jurisdictional boundary projects. He also has experience evaluating the potential effects such projects have on sites listed in, or determined eligible for listing in, the National Register of Historic Places. Trent has assisted in the completion of numerous National Register of Historic Places nominations, including multiple property submission for Second Generation Veterans Administration hospitals located throughout the nation. Trent has the training to conduct professional archival research on historic properties and to compile written reports synthesizing such research and situating properties within their historic contexts. Trent’s past projects include research conducted at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and numerous college and local repositories. The majority of Trent’s fieldwork is conducted in Kentucky, although he has experience surveying properties in 30 states across the nation. Recent projects Trent assisted with outside Kentucky include work in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia.


Besides historic architecture and cultural landscapes, Trent’s interests include southern and colonial furniture and vintage postcards with scenes of Kentucky communities.