The Historic Preservation Commission advises the City Council and City staff on preservation issues. In addition, the Commission oversees the landmarking process for properties in Louisville to be designated as local landmarks of historical relevance.
Check out our most recent project: a historical architectural survey of the Jefferson Place Subdivision. The oldest platted residential subdivision in Louisville.
The Board was created through Resolution No. 34, Series 2002 and gets it landmarking authority from Ordinance No. 1401, Series 2002; Ordinance No. 1463, Series 2005; Ordinance No 1476, Series 2005; and Ordinance No.1538, Series 2008.
The board, consisting of seven members appointed by the City Council, meets on the third Monday of every month at City Hall, at 7:00 PM. Agendas for each meeting are posted in the foyer of City Hall, at the Library, at the Police Department/ Municipal Court Building, at the Recreation Center, and on this site prior to each meeting.
Design Review Assistance Available
The Historic Preservation Commission’s Design Review Committee is available to offer limited assistance and recommendations on your Old Town home remodel project. Architects on the committee are available to give you advice on addition location, height and massing, and second story step-backs. Committee members are able to give you ideas that may help to maintain your old home’s character as you plan your addition. This assistance is best taken early in your planning process. More limited assistance is available once your design is complete.To avail yourself of this assistance, please contact Scott Robinson at 303.335.4596.
Incentives for Preservation
HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND - In 2008, Louisville voters, concerned about the loss of character on Old Town Louisville, approved what may be the nation's first sales tax dedicated to historic preservation (fund creation documents). The fund in now available to help property owners rehabilitate and preserve those resources which contribute to the character of Historic Old Town Louisville. Fund information.
GRANT PROGRAM - The City has a grant program that allows Old Town property owners to get money for restoration and rehabilitation. Grant Application, Grant Review Schedule
ZONING INCENTIVES - Are you considering an Addition to your home in Old Town? The City offers preservation zoning incentives that allow you more square footage on a rear or second story addition in exchange for retaining the street-facing facade of your home. Program details.
Education and Public Outreach
On April 19, 2005, the City Council created a local landmarking program for Louisville. The ordinance creating the program contains provisions including:
- A local landmarking program whereby sites and buildings can be designated as locally significant historic landmarks.
- Renovation guidelines for historic landmarks.
- A demolition ordinance allowing the Preservation Commission to review demolition or relocation permits for buildings that are more than 50 years old.
Further information about the landmarking program and application forms:
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2014 Historic Preservation Commission Members
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All board members receive mail at City Hall, 749 Main Street. Please be sure to include Historical Preservation Commission on the envelope. For more information, please contact Scott Robinson at 303.335.4596.