Preservation Louisville – Monthly Email Letter


FALL 2012

As most of you know the Metro Council has overridden Mayor Fischer’s veto on the new Landmarks Ordinance amendment. For those of you that haven’t heard the Metro Council proposed an amendment to the Landmarks Ordinance that required 101 of the 200 required petition signers live or own property within a one-mile radius of the proposed Landmark or within the council district where it resides. the amendment also requires notification of residents around the property that’s being considered for Landmark status, extends the time before a public meeting must be held to 60 days, and gives Metro Council final say over Landmark designation. The amendment was passed within Metro Council even after several public hearings where many citizens expressed their opposition. However, our bold Mayor decided this amendment was unnecessary and vetoed it. This override of Mayor Fischer’s veto by the Metro Council has weakened our city’s position as progressive preservation leaders in this country. Many other cities across the United States have used our almost 40 year old ordinance as a model for their own cities.

Preservation Louisville is disappointed with what has occurred over the past several months concerning changes to our Landmarks Ordinance. Metro Councilman David Yates (District 25) has said “We are in support of historic preservation but too often, residents in the area are not made aware of the effort to preserve a structure or building and what it may mean for the future of their neighborhood.” This sounds nice; however, the majority of signatures on recent Landmarks petitions are from people who live closest to those properties. For example, the Roscoe Goose House (3012 S. 3rd St., 40208), the most recent designated landmark, received a total of 350 signatures on its petition and 124 of those came from zip code 40208 and the other surrounding zip codes. This petition even originated from the support of the South Louisville Neighborhood Council. There are several other cases just like this one. It appears that the people in these areas are being made aware of preservation efforts.

In his e-newsletter Metro Councilman Jerry Miller (District 19) has said “This ordinance was created simply to ensure that the Council has the ability to challenge the commission.” The Landmarks Commission is comprised of unbiased experts in fields related to preservation and also includes a Council member. Additionally, the Council must vote on and verify the credentials of the individuals who are appointed to the commission. The Metro Council ensures that the members of the Landmarks Commission are experts in their fields. Why do expert opinions need to be challenged by Council members who are not experts in these fields? This new amendment politicizes the issue of preservation in Louisville and takes the decision out of the hands of unbiased experts.

Metro Councilman Kelly Downard (District 16) had this to say about the veto “We are being told that the fabric of our heritage will be permanently diminished by providing for oversight by this Council. However, a review of the facts makes this seem a bit of a contradiction. In the last 40 years, since 1973, there have been 83 properties designated as a landmark. Less than half have been appealed and NONE have been overturned by the people who made the original designation.”  Downard is contradicting himself. His numbers prove that these landmarks, designated by a commission of experts, were correctly designated. Honestly, that’s not a large number of Landmarks over 40 years. Downard also says, “Even the mayor, in his veto message, admits the Bauer site might have been a mistake. Oversight was needed but was not there.” The Bauer site was not a mistake. A plan for the property was approved by the Landmarks Commission, however, once the recession hit the development didn’t move forward. This only has to do with the economic situation. This has nothing to do with the Landmarks Commission needing more oversight.

Metro Councilman David James (District 6) says “I am proud to have supported the ordinance because I believe it is important to preserve individual property rights and uniformity in the Metro Government planning process.” I would like to point out that Metro Councilman James is not actually in support of the ordinance. He supported the amendment. Furthermore, The Landmarks Commission never took away an individual’s property rights. The original Ordinance was a tool to protect the property owner’s assets not impede on their rights. It is proven that properties that are designated Landmarks have a higher property value, which does not decrease even in an economic recession.Furthermore, James says “Finally, please understand Old Louisville, long known as the crown jewel of historic preservation is not impacted in any way by this legislation.” This change in the Landmarks Ordinance degrades the reputation of  Old Louisville, a “crown jewel.” The amendment weakens the Metro-wide Ordinance and will in turn affect every neighborhood, whether it is a preservation district or not. Giving Metro Council final say over the Landmarks process is the first step in politicizing and weakening Metro-wide preservation. Preservation promotes the economic security of communities, is more “green” than new construction, and creates more jobs than new construction. Preservation also creates a distinctive character of a place that promotes pride.

Louisville was a leading preservation city. With this new amendment, our city is backsliding. That is a hard pill to swallow. However, it is important to remember and thank Mayor Fischer who vetoed the amendment, which was only the second veto in his career. It is also important to thank the following council members who voted against the amendment: Mary C. Woolridge (District 3), David Tandy (District 4), Tom Owen (District 8), Tina Ward-Pugh (District 9), Jon Ackerson (District 18), Dan Johnson (District 21), and Brent Ackerson (District 26). These people heard our cry and tried to keep Louisville’s rank as a preservation role-model.

Your Partner in Preservation,

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Advocacy Updates
Preservation Save Our Shotguns

Louisville has one of the highest concentrations of shotguns in the country and many are threatened with demolition. This is why Shotgun houses are on our Top 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List. Our program, Preservation S.O.S. Save Our Shotguns, is meant to highlight and promote restoration of existing shotgun homes in Louisville.

Preservation Louisville for the debut of the Preservation S.O.S. program has entered into a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville and New Directions Housing Corporation and are working together on a Shotgun home project at 2741 Main St.  Because of the hard work of these organizations and the Portland Now neighborhood group there are funds available from the city and other donors for what is called NRSA (Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Area) a program called “Portland Pride”.  This particular shotgun house that we have chosen for our program and was also chosen for the Portland Pride program, together we are going to help this family with some wonderful and needed work on their shotgun home!

Preservation Louisville is thrilled to be working with these great organizations on this first Preservation S.O.S. project. Preservation Louisville hopes to teach not only shotgun homeowners, but also the entire community about the importance of this housing inventory!

We need yourhelp to make this happen!  Volunteers like you make this wonderful event a huge success! 


Upcoming Events…       

 PARK(ing) Day!
 Parking Day 2012
   A worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform parking spots into public parks.

Come visit our “Preservation Park”

625 S. 4th Street  


This event is sponsored by UL Urban Planning and Design


and the Broken Sidewalk Blog. Their goal is to shed light on the number of public parks that were forsaken for parking lots and garages.

Preservation Louisville will have a spot located at 625 S. 4th Street in front of the Palace Theater Box Office. Our goal will be to highlight the historic structures that were demolished in the 4th Street Theater Square District. Our park will be constructed out of re-purposed materials such as demolished building materials.  

 Please stop by and see us!  

“They paved paradise to put up a parking lot.” 

NuLu Fest!

The East Market District now known as NuLu is best known for its art galleries, shops, and upscale restaurants, most of which are in historic buildings. Let’s celebrate that! Preservation Louisville will be there to discuss the preservation successes that comprise the district. 
Stop by and say hello! We will have information on our upcoming workshops & events, and also we will be debuting a Preservation Louisville t-shirt & print for your shopping pleasure! 

St. James

October 5, 6 & 7
Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Stop by and say hello! We will have information on our upcoming workshops & events, and also we will be debuting a Preservation Louisville t-shirt & print for your shopping pleasure!   



Historic Windows I

A introduction to historic windows and their maintenance
Saturday, October 13th
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Brennan House
631 S. 5th St. 

Registration fee $30 or $20 for PL members 


garvin gate
Friday, October 12, from 6:30 – 11:15 pm Saturday, October 13, from 3 – 11:15 pm
Garvin Place & Oak St., between 4th & 6th
This two-day event is the largest free neighborhood street music festival in Louisville, and takes place the second full weekend in October at The Gate on Garvin Place at Oak Street in historic Old Louisville. Proceeds from sponsorships and vendor sales benefit The Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association and the neighborhood.

Please come out and support this fun and worthy cause!  Stop by and say hello! We will have information on our upcoming workshops & events, and also we will be debuting a Preservation Louisville t-shirt & print for your shopping pleasure!
  Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshop
Saturday, October 20th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brennan House

631 S. 5th St.

Registration fee $30 or $20 for PL members

Preservation Person

Cynthia Johnson is the new Historic Preservation Officer for Metro Louisville Government.  A graduate from the Masters of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Kentucky,  Johnson began her career in historic preservation in 2003 as a Architectural Historian at the Kentucky Heritage Council.  During this time Johnson was also a self-employed Historic Preservation Consultant. In 2007, she accepted a position as a Historic Preservation Specialist for Metro Louisville Government. On August 6th Mayor Fischer appointed Johnson as the new Historic Preservation Officer. Mayor Fischer said “This position is critically important. When we save and preserve historic buildings we save and enhance the soul of our city. Louisville has a national reputation for historic preservation, it’s one of the qualities that defines our city and helps us attract new investment and create new jobs. I know Cynthia has the experience and skills to do an outstanding job on behalf of our community and its people.” Cynthia has also been an active part of our education committee and we are proud to have her as a board member. Congratulations, Cynthia! We thank you and your staff for your continued efforts!

Neighborhood Spotlight –
Cherokee Triangle

Efforts by James Henning and Joshua Speed, local real estate developers, provided the initial impetus to establish Cherokee Triangle as a residential community. During the late 1800s, Henning and Speed bought and subdivided 134 acres of hilly countryside to the east of Louisville, calling it the Henning and Speed Highland Addition. Louisville’s emergence as a major manufacturing center created a rising professional and managerial class that sought high-quality, modern housing. Cherokee Triangle offered opportunities to build homes with up-to-date electricity and plumbing on its many open lots. A number of wealthy residents built country residences there, complete with carriage houses, stables, and servants. quarters. By the 1890s, development of the Highland Addition, known as the Highlands, increased significantly.  In 1892, the newly opened Cherokee Park clinched the success of the suburb as one of Louisville’s most fashionable places to live.  However, the overall quality of the area began to decline in the 1950s and 1960s. In  response, residents organized the Cherokee Triangle Association to revitalize their community. Through the work of the Association and city officials, the Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission designated Cherokee Triangle a local preservation district in 1975. Soon after, the National Register of Historic Places designated the Cherokee Triangle a National Register district. People began to reinvest in the area, renovating many neglected

historic houses. Today, Cherokee Park has streets lined with well-preserved homes occupied by families who value the community’s quality architecture and historic character.

Social Media and Non-profits

Social media is one of the best tools for Preservation Louisville to involve not only the community but other professionals in similar or related fields.  Please check out what we are posting, tweeting, linking and pinning!
  •    Facebookis for you to communicate with us. We will post interesting and relevant articles on preservation as well as information about upcoming events and changes. You can directly ask questions about preservation, finding the right contractor, upcoming events, etc.
    • Find Preservation Louisville here facebookand the Brennan House herefacebook
  • Twitter highlights the nitty gritty of preservation and events. Posts on Twitter are usually very short and sweet like a news ticker.
    • Find Preservation Louisville here twitter  and the Brennan House here twitter
  • LinkedInis a place where professionals can meet and network. This is a great opportunity for staff of the Brennan House and Preservation Louisville to develop business connections that can benefit the non-profit. This can mean finding more committee members, volunteers, or other like-minded organizations that can also benefit.
    • Find Preservation Louisville here  and the Brennan House here 
  • Pinterestis another way for the Brennan House and Preservation Louisville to connect with the public. Brennan House can “pin” photographs of events and weddings for potential renters to see. Preservation Louisville can “pin” the Top 10 List as well as other important preservation related topics.
    • Find Preservation Louisville here Pinterestand the Brennan House here Pinterest

Membership Information…

Become a Member……
Please consider becoming a member of Preservation Louisville! Ensure your Future by Preserving the Past! Please, Act Today!
Benefits include email alerts for upcoming events and preservation news, discounts off special events hosted by Preservation Louisville, and discounts at the Habitat ReStore and several local hardware stores!
Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and support of Preservation Louisville. Click here to become a member!

As a Metro Louisville citywide non-profit historic preservation organization,
Preservation Louisville works in partnership with local, state and national organizations to promote the preservation of our community’s historic resources through education and advocacy. Preservation Louisville also provides education, technical information and resources.

The group is based at The Brennan House Historic Home & Gardens


Marianne Zickuhr, Executive Director

Preservation Louisville, Inc.
631 South Fifth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202


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