Historic Preservation Program

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The City of Louisville has a robust historic preservation program supported by a unique preservation fund supported by a dedicated sales tax.

Check out the City's first adopted Preservation Master Plan!

Ways to participate in Historic Preservation:

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 

Old Town Downtown

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 & Downtown Louisville. Fund information.

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES - The City has a grant program that allows Old Town & Downotwn property owners to get money for restoration and rehabilitation. Grant Application

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.


General Information

Landmarking Program

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 Historic Preservation Commission, landmarking program, and application forms:

Learn how to take care of your historic structure with the Universal Conservation Maintenance Plan.

Are You Interested in Researching the History of Your Building?

For more information please contact Lauren Trice, Associate Planner,  303-335-4594.

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