Louisville began as a modest mining town in 1878, and has evolved to become one of the most livable small towns in the United States. Historic preservation offers an opportunity for the City to celebrate its past and ensure its heritage continues to be an important component of what makes this community special. Louisville’s unique voluntary Preservation Program, with its dedicated sales tax, recognizes 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.
- Where can I learn about the history of Louisville and the unique Preservation Program?
- What is the best way to take care of my historic structure?
The City offers grants for both commercial and residential property owners to work with an architect to conduct a historic structure assessment, a plan to take care of their building, with no commitment to landmarking.
- How can I preserve my historic structure and get incentives? or How can I get one of those awesome plaques?
The completely voluntary process allows property owners to apply for local designation as a landmark based on the architecture and history of their property. Map of all of Louisville’s designated properties.
- How do I get money to preserve or add to my landmarked building?
The City has a local Historic Preservation Fund that gives grants and loans to certain types of projects on landmarked properties.
- What happens if I want to make changes a landmarked property?
If the change to a landmarked property is on the exterior and requires a building permit, it will require an alteration certificate.
- What if I want to make changes to a structure that is old but not landmarked?
A demolition review is required if you remove elements from a street facing side of a building or more than 50% of a structure that is over 50 years old.
- How much bigger can I build when I preserve or landmark my property?
The zoning incentives are in the Old Town Overlay Zoning District Regulations.
- What is the process for historic preservation applications? What are the current projects under review?
Depending on the application, the process can include review by staff, the Historic Preservation Commission, and/or City Council. All of the preservation review processes are in this chart. Find out more about historic preservation applications under review.