Landmarks Ordinance

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Preservation in Louisville After the Yates Amendment

Above: Three Individual Landmarks: Metro Hall, City Hall, and Fire Station #2. (Broken Sidewalk)

In 1973, Mayor Harvey Sloan oversaw the creation of Louisville’s first Landmarks Commission, modeled after an ordinance in New York City, making preservation public policy for the first time in the city. Now 39 years later, Louisville has created on average two Individual Landmarks a year, seven Landmarks Districts, a new merged government structure with new political dynamics, and the Metro Council has voted to change how preservation happens in the city.

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Preservation Louisville

Preservation Louisville

We began receiving frantic emails last night from all sorts of preservation groups like Preservation Louisville, OPEN Louisville, Preservation Kentucky, and NPP Kentuckiana about a surprise meeting of the Metro Council Planning, Zoning, and Land Use Committee where Council Member David Yates’ ill-conceived Landmarks Ordinance will be voted on today. If you can make it, take a late lunch and stop by Metro Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 1:30 p.m. today to show your opposition for this block-headed bill that could severely hinder the practice of historic preservation in our oh-so-historic city.