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Mayor Fischer Names Historic Preservation Officer

Monday August 6, 2012


Position helps coordinate local preservation efforts

Mayor Greg Fischer has named Cynthia Johnson as Louisville Metro Government’s Historic Preservation Officer.

She will serve as city government’s coordinator for local, state, and federal historic preservation programs and will advise the Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission. The position also includes gathering information to identify, preserve, document and promote the historical, architectural and cultural significance of buildings, sites and neighborhoods throughout Louisville.

“This position is critically important,” Fischer said. “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.”

Johnson most recently served five years as a Historic Preservation Specialist for the Landmarks Commission in the Department of Codes and Regulations. Prior to joining city government, she worked at the Kentucky Heritage Council, the state preservation office, as an architectural historian. She worked with the Renaissance Kentucky Façade Grant Program through the Heritage Council. She also previously served as a preservation consultant with a primary focus on preparing National Register nominations and Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit applications.

Johnson is on the board of the Louisville Historical League and serves on a committee of Preservation Louisville.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Architecture and a master's degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky.

Johnson replaces Richard Jett, who retired earlier this year.