In this week's blog I want to share information with our readers about what makes Louisville so special. Sure we may just look like another Denver/Boulder "suburb". Sure, we have a Starbucks on several corners of town. Yes, we have large shopping areas, which again, don't make us too different from other US towns.  We even have a major freeway with toll roads and carpool lanes running parallel to our city. We have a high school, two middle schools and three elementary schools and lot of pre-schools. So far, Lousiville does not sound too different from many similar cities in Colorado or even the entire US.

So what does make us different?

Louisville, Colorado is different because we embrace and celebrate our history as an American mining and farming town, however, these are not just words, we have put these sentiments into action. In 2008, Louisville voters, concerned about the loss of character on Old Town Louisville, approved what may be the nation's first sales tax dedicated to historic preservation. Signed into law by town Mayor Chuck Sisk, almost ten years ago, the fund is now an important part of our town's culture.  The City of Louisville, through its voters, have made this available to help property owners rehabilitate and preserve those resources which contribute to the character of Historic Old Town Louisville.

If you don't live in Louisville or even if you do, you may wonder what this means and how it plays out for residents. Here are few examples:

  • Historic Preservation Incentives to Home Owners  - the City has a grant program that allows Old Town property owners to receive money for restoration and rehabilitation. If Old Town residents are considering additions to their homes, the City offers preservation zoning incentives that allow home owners more square footage on a rear or second story addition in exchange for retaining the street-facing facade of your home. Learn more here

  • Passage of Historic Preservation Master Plan  - on October 6, 2015, the City adopted its first Preservation Master Plan. Louisville’s Preservation Master Plan provides a framework for the City’s voluntary Historic Preservation Program and serves as a guide for proactive decision-making over the next 20 years. Learn more here.The Huckleberry builindg in the 1800s at 700 Main Street

  • Abundance of Historic Landmarked Homes & Buildings  - did you know that the Huckleberry Restaurant was built in circa 1907 and still has its original cornice treatment, window trim, and pressed tin siding? This was designed so that the building would stand out in a town of wooden buildings. It has housed Louisville Bank, an attorney office, the post office, a grocery store, and restaurants. View a map of all historic landmarks here

  • Louisville Historical Museum is Active & Engaging - we are fortunate to have a facility owned and operated by the City of Louisville to promote, collect, preserve, and interpret the diverse history of Louisville from the time of settlement until present day, with a special emphasis on the coal mining period, 1877-1955. The museum is dedicated to protecting artifacts and documents of historical value and educating children and adults about the past. Learn more here

There are so many ways to get involved and learn more about Louisville's rich culture of celebrating history. Check out the links below this blog article to find out how you can get involved in our City's efforts to embrace our history while keeping pace with our future.  To remain current on these and other real estate trends, keep following Louisville Realty Associates' weekly blog and on social media. You can reach me anytime at cory@louisvillerealtyassociates.com

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