Introduction to the Louisville Landmarks Commission Design Guidelines Draft
As we review the draft copy of the Landmarks Guidelines we read the following:
“Louisville is nationally recognized for its extensive collection of distinctive historic resources that are enjoyed by residents, business owners, and visitors as links to the City’s heritage, and that set the stage for a vibrant future. Preserving these historic assets is essential to Louisville’s well-being, identity, and character. As such, the City has developed clear policies for protecting its unique historic areas. This includes maintaining written guidelines for a variety of actions related to properties within Louisville’s locally-designated preservation districts and for individual landmarks.
"In Louisville, the Design Guidelines are provided as a series of individual chapters that address a variety of topics regarding changes to historic structures and districts. The Design Guidelines promote the community’s vision for preservation by guiding appropriate stewardship of historic resources and compatible redevelopment in locally-designated preservation districts. The following Design Guidelines chapters are an update to the existing guidelines implemented by the Louisville Landmarks staff. These guidelines continue preservation policies that were in place, clarify existing guidelines, and utilize many of the same illustrations.
"The Design Guidelines direct rehabilitation, alteration, expansion, new construction, and demolition involving locally-designated individual historic landmarks and properties in locally-designated preservation districts. They also guide and inform the Louisville Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission (referred to in the future as the Landmarks Commission) and the Architectural Review Committees (ARC), helping the City and property owners maintain the special characteristics of Louisville’s historic resources. This document serves as an introduction to the written design guidelines chapters and supplementary information, and presents topics on how to use the chapters, preservation theory, and general information about changes to historic buildings.
If, while reading this document and subsequent chapters, any questions should arise regarding the approval process, appropriate preservation techniques, or if a project needs a Certificate of Appropriateness, please contact the Landmarks Staff in the Planning and Design Services Office.”
The draft landmarks guidelines include the following chapters:
4. Sustainability & Energy Efficiency
7. Floors & Entryways
11. Siding & Trim
14. Porches & Decks
16. Garages & Secondary Structures
18. New Construction Residential
19. New Construction Commercial
20. Demolition & The Economic Hardship Exemption
21. Alternative Materials
22. Residential Style Guide
23. Commercial Style Guide
Please review this draft presentation by reading a chapter each day.
The OLNC Property Improvement Committee plans to review and discuss the Landmarks draft chapters during their next PIC meeting (meeting date to be announced).
Herb Fink, Chair Property Improvement Committee
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council