Limerick Preservation District

About the District

The Limerick Preservation District was designated in 1979. It is primarily residential, with single-family homes and several apartments housed in converted residences. The District also contains several civic and religious landmarks and is adjacent to Oak Street, a commercial corridor. The establishment of Louisville and Nashville Railroad operations in the 1870s provided the impetus for the first wave of construction in the Limerick area. The earliest houses were modest frame affairs, simply ornamented with Eastlake and Italianate trim. By the 1880s, developers began to purchase and subdivide larger tracts of land. Upon these parcels they built substantial, architect-designed residences for the neighborhood’s growing number of middle and upper-middle-class households. The neighborhood originally developed as a small community of African Americans who frequently worked for wealthy residents of Old Louisville to the east. During the latter half of the 19th century, the District became known as Limerick, named after a city on Ireland’s west coast. Many of its residents emigrated from Ireland during the mid-1800s.

Introduction to the Limerick Preservation District

District Designation Report

District Boundaries

The District is located south of the downtown area, bordered by Old Louisville to the east and 9th street to the west.

Limerick 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 Limerick 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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