Cherokee Triangle Preservation District

About the District

The Cherokee Triangle Preservation District was designated in 1975. It is residential in character, although the commercial corridor of Bardstown Road runs parallel to one of its boundaries. By the mid-1880s, after a series of floods devastated the lowlands, people began to see the development potential of the District’s high ground. Developers promoted the area as a natural retreat from the din of the workaday world, near Cave Hill Cemetery and surrounded by the newly created Cherokee Park. Predominately comprised of single-family homes, the District also contains a significant number of apartments housed in large- and small-scale apartment buildings and converted residences.

Introduction to the Cherokee Triangle Preservation District

District Designation Report

District Boundaries

The District is located just east Baxter Avenue/Bardstown Road, bordered by Cave Hill Cemetery to the north, Baxter Avenue/Bardstown Road to the west, and Cherokee Park to the east.

Cherokee Triangle Preservation District

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

LOJIC Online

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 Cherokee Triangle 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 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

Questions about the District?

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

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