Parkland Preservation District

About the District

The Parkland Business Preservation District was designated in 1984. The commercial district that developed to serve the growing community of Parkland emerged and flourished between the 1880s and the 1950s. Most of the remaining buildings within the District date to this era and are strung along a roughly four-block area at the intersection of 28th and Dumesnil Streets. The street pattern is part of Louisville's urban grid. The area began as a prestigious 19th century suburb with a mostly affluent white population and the African American population living in the adjacent Little Africa. However, the early- to mid-20th century saw many African Americans moving into more parts of Parkland and opening businesses in the District. 

Introduction to the Parkland Preservation District

District Boundaries

The District is located in the Parkland Neighborhood, bordered by Virginia Avenue to the north, Catalpa Street to the west, and Dumesnil Street to the south.

Parkland 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 Parkland 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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