Earlier this year, Mayor Greg Fischer and the city’s Urban Design Team awarded the Conrad-Caldwell House (140 St. James Court) the first historic plaque as part of a new Metro Landmarks Commission plaque program.
The program is intended to recognize the “best of the best” in historic commercial and residential structures in seven preservation districts: Parkland Business, Cherokee Triangle, Butchertown, Old Louisville, Clifton, West Main Street and Limerick.
And this program isn’t the only one focused on recognizing the value of maintaining and revitalizing historic properties.
Late last year, a committee from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington toured Louisville as the start to a three-year program that will study revitalization and preservation across Old Louisville, NuLu, downtown and other historic areas. That committe will work with Preservation Louisville and spend about $1 million throughout its three-year duration, working to strengthen Kentucky’s historic tax credit program for rehabilitation work and increase demand for stabilization and use of historic structures.
Old Louisville residents can learn more and apply for the city’s Metro Landmarks Commission plaque program by visiting: http://louisvilleky.gov/government/planning-design/planning-and-design-applications. Properties must meet the U.S. Department of the Interior standards to be eligible, and, if accepted, owners are responsible for the $125 cost for the plaque.