Old Louisville Preservation District

About the District

The Old Louisville Preservation District was designated in 1974. It is predominately residential, although it contains the Oak Street commercial corridor, a focus of revitalization efforts, and several other business establishments and civic and religious structures. A mix of single-family residences and condominiums and apartments housed in converted residences and small- and large-scale apartment buildings comprise most of the district’s building stock. Although historically characterized as suburban, Old Louisville’s transportation patterns embrace the regularity of the urban grid. There is considerable variation among architectural styles and relative opulence. The largest houses, usually architect-designed, line the numbered streets within the center of the District. As one moves east and west, there are more modest houses that were built in the early 20th century. 

Introduction to the Old Louisville Preservation District

District Designation Report

District Boundaries

The District is located south of the downtown area, bordered by Interstate 65 to the east and Limerick Preservation District to the west.

Old Louisville 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 Old Louisville 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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