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Historic Preservation, downtown Louisville 1915-2015

Historic Preservation

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Historic Sites in Louisville

From its beginnings in 1878 as a small mining town, Louisville has evolved to become one of the most livable small towns in the United States. Louisville has a unique voluntary Preservation Program, with a dedicated sales tax, recognizing the historical and architectural significance of over 40 local landmarks. The Historic Preservation Commission and staff also provide outreach and education to the Louisville community on a variety of issues pertaining to historic preservation.

The City of Louisville administers the Historic Preservation Program through the Planning Department and the Historic Preservation Commission.

The Historical Museum's Role in Historic Preservation

The Historical Museum staff and resources support Louisville’s Historic Preservation Program through the following activities:

  • Collecting historic photos and records of Louisville buildings from donors to add to the Museum’s collection
  • Maintaining an obituary collection and historic Louisville directory information for looking up families and buildings
  • Helping residents exploring the history of their homes or families
  • Expanding the knowledge of residents and visitors about the history of Louisville through the Museum’s programs and historic walking tours
  • Providing extensive written building reports for the Planning Department, Historic Preservation Commission, and City Council, utilizing information from County property records, Louisville families, historic photos, and archival records that have been donated to the Museum
  • Making thousands of images related to the history of Louisville available 24/7 through the Museum’s website
  • Managing an Oral History Program to record the memories and stories of Louisville residents

County Assessor Cards

Louisville's County Assessor cards for 1948-1983 are available online.