Make Your Voice Heard About the

Water Company Building &

the Omni Development 

Mayor Greg Fischer announced his intentions to save the Water Co. Building - slated to be cleared for development in 2016. There are two remaining structures on the block the Water Co Build and the Odd Fellows Hall and Preservation Louisville has called for the preservation of both of these historic structures. Mayor Fischer made a public call for assistance in finding a suitable location and use for the Water Co. Building, offering up to $1M to fund its relocation. 

To try to answer this call, Preservation Louisville and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's: Preservation Green Lab are bringing together architects, developers, and local leaders for a design charrette to explore a range of viable options for relocation and reuse. The charrette will demonstrate how a community driven, creative process can produce exciting, viable solutions to advance the continued revitalization of downtown Louisville.

Public response from this survey (deadline was
Thursday, June 18th) have been presented to the charrette team and will be used in consideration of the building options.

There are 2 historic buildings still in question: 
Water Co Building & Odd Fellows Hall

What do you want to see from the Omni project? 

What would you like to see on the 
Water Co Block?  

Do you want to know what's going on during the charrette?

Follow @PreservationLou on Twitter

We'll be live tweeting from the charrette!

Give Us Your Ideas - Use #RePurposeWCB

Omni Charrette

Sign our Petition!


the Water Co. &

Odd Fellows Hall


The Water Co. block is an important part of Downtown Louisville's historic street-scape that creates an unique sense of place in our community. Bounded by Second, Third and Liberty streets and Muhammad Ali Boulevard this block once had several historic buildings some of which are now gone and along with them a part of our city's unique history.

The Water Co. block was first listed on Louisville's Top 10 Endangered Places list in 2005 because of its significance and the opportunity for future development. The Louisville Water Co. buildings & Odd Fellows Hall remain on the block and we are asking OMNI HOTELS to:

  • + choose sustainable development
  • + choose to integrate the remaining historic buildings
  • + choose to preserve Downtown Louisville's historic street-scape & sense of place!


Click HERE to Sign the Petition!

Click HERE to email Mayor Fischer

Click HERE to email Metro Council


Lou Water Co



Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshops

Preservation Louisville, Inc. is co-sponsoring Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshops.  These workshops will be held quarterly and meant to help property owner learn how to utilize the historic preservation tax credit.  Preservation Louisville along with the Kentucky Heritage Council will work with the workshop participants on how to properly finish the three part application for the historic preservation tax credit.

  • -Is your home or commercial building 50 or more years old? 
  • -If so, are you planning any exterior restoration projects?    
  • -Would you like to learn how to recoup up to 30% of your project's cost through Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits?

Upcoming Workshops:

July 18, 2015

Registration Fee $30
$20- for Preservation Louisville Members

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Brennan House Historic Home
631 South Fifth Street

Click HERE to Register!


Preservation Louisville, the Fairness Campaign, the Williams-Nichols Collection, the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Office have partnered to launch the "Kentucky LGBT Heritage Initiative." This initiative results from a $25,000 matching grant from the National Park Service as part of their recent initiative to increase the number of listings in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) associated with Latinos and other underrepresented communities, including African Americans, Asian Americans, and LGBT Americans. 

Over the course of the next year and a half, the "Kentucky LGBT Heritage Initiative" will compose a Historic Context narrative on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population of Kentucky and propose at least two National Register nominations related to that Historic Context, including the Henry Clay and Whiskey Row buildings in downtown Louisville, where early LGBT gathering spots in the mid-20th Century were housed. The Henry Clay was home to the Beaux Arts, widely considered Louisville's first LGBT bar. A 1947 photograph of the Beaux Arts' interior is attached from The University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

In the fall, series of meetings will be held across Kentucky to collect LGBT historic narratives and identify regional places of LGBT historic interest. Right now, anyone with information related to Kentucky's LGBT history should e-mail History@Fairness.org or call the Fairness Campaign office at (502) 893-0788. The Historic Context will be completed in 2016 as part of the Fairness Campaign's 25th anniversary celebrations.

top 10

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Preservation Louisville's 2015

Top 10 Endangered Historic Places &

Top 10 Preservation Successes!

Prosperity through Preservation

During 2015, we hope to help more people Save Places That Matter! We want to organize more events, host more workshops, continue to grow our Save Our Shotguns program and build our impact on our community. We simply can't do all of this without your help! Preservation Louisville is a small non-profit and your tax-deductible donation will make a major impact on our work.

We realize that preserving this architectural heritage is what makes Louisville so attractive and unique. Wouldn't you like to say you had a part in preserving Louisville's past and promoting its future? Help us out with a tax-deductible donation to Preservation Louisville. Your donation will make a difference and help us preserve our city's history!


Shop & Support Preservation!

Preservation Louisville is participating in an new program through

Amazon called Amazon Smile. Every time you make a purchase

through Amazon, Preservation Louisville will receive 0.5% of the

purchase price in donations, at a no additional cost to you! 


Swipe your Kroger Plus Card and

Support Preservation Louisville!

Kroger's Community Rewards program makes it easy to support Preservation Louisville. Just a few clicks and you are helping preserve your city's heritage!

How to Register for the Community Rewards Program:

1. Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com 

2. Have your Kroger Plus card ready (if you do not have one, you may obtain one at the customer service desk at any Kroger)

3. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering an email address and a password. 

4. Check your email for a confirmation and follow the link in the email.

5. Click on 'My Account' then 'Edit Kroger Community Rewards' and input your Kroger Plus card number. 

6. Enter our NPO Number (30051) and/or 'Preservation Louisville' as the organization name. Select our organization.

7. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see our organizations name on the right side of the information screen.

8. Whenever you use your Kroger Plus card, a donation will be made to Preservation Louisville.

Preservation Louisville is pleased to partner with

Art Eatables: Kentucky’s Premiere Bourbon Chocolatier

on a new fundraiser that highlights Preservation + Art! 

The Louisville Landmarks Series

Historic Architecture & Artisan Chocolates

Collect All 5!

The Louisville Landmarks Series consists of 5 distinct chocolate

collections, each dedicated to a specific historic building with a

specially commissioned rendering of the home by a local artist!

Brennan House

The Brennan House, Conrad-Caldwell House & Museum,

Farmington, Whitehall House & Gardens and the Thomas Edison

House Museum are all featured in this limited edition release.

Each Limited Edition Box is $12 and a portion of the proceeds

support Preservation Louisville and the 5 Historic Homes!


Due to the fragile nature and the cost of shipping this product

we recommend in-store pickup at Art Eatables on Theater Square

631 South Fourth Street Louisville, KY.

Details on East-end pickup loacation coming soon!

For out of town orders please e-mail

to discuss shipping otions.

After a completed purchase a voucher will be e-mailed with

information for Art Eatables pickup locations.

Louisville Landmarks Series



If you want to volunteer or have a group that needs service hours please contact us!

info@preservationlouisville.org or 502-540-5146.

Preservation SOS

Check out our latest SAVE OUR SHOTGUNS projects

627 E. Oak St. in the Shelby Park neighborhood &

912 Geiger St. in the Butchertown Preservation District!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Preservation SOS - Save our Shotguns!

become a member

Click here to become a Member!

PL Members enjoy discounts on our workshops & events,

they also recieve the following benefits from local historic

sites and hardware stores! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

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T-Shirts are $25 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Preservation S.O.S program!
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Preservation Districts Art Print

Preservation Districts Art Print $10

8x8 art print on acid free paper, Ready for framing!

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Local Landmarks Art Print

Local Landmarks Art Print $10

8x8 art print on acid free paper, Ready for framing!

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Pizza & Preservation

What is Pizza and Preservation?

Pizza and Preservation is a neighborhood outreach program that works in collaboration with neighborhood organizations to inform the public on issues related to historic preservation and the work of Preservation Louisville. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

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

For more information click here or
e-mail info@preservationlouisville.org or
call (502) 540-5146

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Make a Donation

Peservation Louisville is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that relies on tax-deductible donations to fulfill its mission.

Become a member of Preservation Louisville today!

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Preservation Louisville

Donations can also be remitted to: Preservation Louisville - 631 South Fifth Street - Louisville, KY 40202

Click Here to See 2013 Preservation Louisville's Top 10 Endangered Historic Places & Top 10 Preservation Successes!