Butchertown Preservation District

About the District

The Butchertown Preservation District was designated in 2003. It is a working-class residential neighborhood co-existing with industrial and commercial buildings that trace their origins almost to the very beginning of Louisville. There is a cohesion of materials, scale and spatial arrangement that makes it identifiable and unique. Parts of the District were laid out as some of the first "enlargements" of the city in the second quarter of the 19th century, at a time when standards for setbacks, materials and the like were far less uniform and urbane than what shaped later neighborhoods. While most homes were built in the city's simple vernacular often with Eastlake details, many blocks have a handful of more high-style homes mixed in, boasting a Queen Anne or Greek Revival.

Introduction to the Butchertown Preservation District

Butchertown Distinctive Characteristics

District Boundaries

The District is located just east of the downtown area, bordered by the Ohio River to the north, Interstate 65 to the west, Main Street to the south, and Mellwood Avenue and Beargrass Creek to the east.

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To determine if a specific property is within the District, please use the LOJIC online mapping tool.

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Certificate of Appropriateness

All development proposals within the District are required to comply with approved Guidelines. If required, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) may be approved by staff or the Butchertown Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Within the Office of Planning, the Urban Design Team administers and manages this design and architectural review process.


Certificate of Appropriateness Process

Committee Information

District Design Guidelines

Applications are reviewed in accordance with the approved Standard Design Guidelines. Based on the United States Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, the Guidelines are the distinctive characteristics and the statement of specific principles and standards governing exterior alterations to structures or sites.

The Standard Design Guidelines address construction and other exterior changes to buildings and properties. All development proposals shall be reviewed for compliance with applicable Guidelines. The Guidelines may be updated or amended from time to time upon a recommendation of the Historic Landmarks & Preservation Districts Commission and with the approval of the Metro Council.

Standard Design Guidelines

Industrial Character Area Design Guidelines for Butchertown

2003 Butchertown Ordinance

Questions about the District?

Please contact staff at (502)574-6230 or email Savannah Darr, Historic Preservation Officer. 

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