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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.