Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 26, Issue 9
History Exhibit Opens:
Central Park: A 100 Year Retrospective
Central Park: A 100 Year Retrospective, an
exhibit chronicling Central Park’s 100 year history, will open
in the Old Louisville Information Center on September 28, 2004.
The exhibit is part of the Old Louisville
Information Center’s Central Park Centennial Celebration and
will be at the Center through the end of the year. It will be
open extended hours through the Saint James Court Art Show;
after that, hours will coincide with the Center’s business
hours. Other venues for the exhibit may follow.
The exhibit is divided into four major sections: Beginnings,
Flora, Architectural Elements, and Events and Uses. Maps,
drawings, pictures, photographs and words highlight the park
from its beginnings in 1904 to the present.
The exhibit is primarily the product of the
research of University of Louisville history major, Patrick Neel.
He has worked closely with Madonna Wilson, Central Park
Centennial Committee member, in planning and assembling the
Enrolled in an independent study course under
the guidance of Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, Patrick interviewed longtime
neighborhood residents and did research at the University of
Louisville, the Filson Historical Society, and the Louisville
Free Public Library. The Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy
provided important resources also.
Patrick and Madonna have put out a call for
anyone with interesting stories or photographs relating to
Central Park to contact them through the Old Louisville
Patrick has a connection with Old Louisville; he
lived on Ormsby Street briefly as a very young child, and he
also attended Noe Middle School. After graduating this December,
Patrick plans to pursue a Masters degree in education at U or L.
He currently resides in Fern Creek with his wife, Katie, and
three-year-old son, Dillon.
Neighbors will have a chance to meet Patrick and
Madonna at a reception on Sunday, October 10, 2004, from 3-5pm
at the Old Louisville Information Center.
Madonna Wilson and Patrick Neel study an early map of the
Labor Day Weekend
Central Park Centennial Event
First Sunday Concert:
Big Band Music from
The Doctors of Swing
Ice Cream Social: Free ice cream!
Sunday, September 5, 2004
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Haute Cuisine to Reign Supreme…
Friends of Central Park Host Centennial Dinners
Central Park Centennial Dinners, the inaugural special event
fundraiser for the Friends of Central Park (FCP), will be held in
homes and other venues throughout the neighborhood on Saturday,
October 16, 2004.
Dinner guests will enjoy gourmet entrees, desserts, and wines to be
followed by a champagne reception at the Filson Historical Society
on Third Street.
The gala dinners will celebrate the centennial of Central Park, and
proceeds will be used for the maintenance, improvement, and
restoration of the park.
Each unique dinner will reflect the eclectic tastes of its generous
hosts. As of press time, these hosts include: Hank Alford and the
Middleton Reutlinger Law Offices; Ann and Charles Arensberg; Billy
Bradford; Brad and Carla Sue Broecker; Dick and Fran Callaway; Susan
Coleman and Jeff Layman; Conrad/Caldwell House Museum; Mark Eliason;
Ken Herndon; Tim Hyland; Karen and Doug Keller; Gary and Diane
Kleier; Ken Plotnick; Nich Sachs, David and Deborah Stewart, Jon and
Wendy Timmons; Herb and Gayle Warren; Kevin and Shawn Williams; Doug
and Madonna Wilson; and Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Woodcock.
There is still time to become a host or invited guest for this
special event; contact Susan Rostov Public Relations at 637-7180 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Friends of Central Park is a committee of the Old Louisville
Information Center created to aid in the efforts to restore,
maintain, and improve Louisville’s Central Park. Through
public-private partnerships, citizen initiatives and fundraising,
the FCP partners with the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy and
Louisville Metro Parks in providing the funds to benefit Central
Highlights from FCP’s first few months include a grant awarded by
Middleton Reutlinger Law Offices which enabled wisteria vines to be
replanted around Central Park’s pergola and the successful drive to
raise $15,000 to match a grant from the Louisville Olmsted Parks
Conservancy to create a new master plan for the park. The completion
of that master plan this fall will set the priorities and costs for
restoration and improvement of the park and provide the basis for
2004 National Preservation Conference
Comes to Louisville
Louisville will host the 2004 National Preservation
Conference September 28-October 3, 2004, sponsored by the National Trust
for Historic Preservation. The 26th annual conference will offer
innovative ideas and inspiration for people saving America’s historic
places and revitalizing communities.
More than 50 educational and 30 field sessions throughout Louisville,
Central Kentucky and Southern Indiana will focus on the conference
theme, “Restore America: Communities at a Crossroads.” Topics will
include neighborhood revitalization and housing, commercial
revitalization, organizational development, smart growth and regional
planning, cultural landscapes, transportation issues, historic sites and
The public is invited to participate in the conference by attending a
free “Ask the Experts” open house on the following dates: 10am to 2pm on
Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1; 9am to noon on
Saturday, October 2. The open house will be located on the first floor
of the American Life Building, corner of 5th and Main streets near the
Galt House Hotels, where many conference activities will be taking
Neighborhood leaders, homeowners and interested individuals are invited
to learn more about their homes and neighborhoods, caring for historic
properties, hands-on restoration techniques and ideas for taking part in
preservation efforts in their community.
Sponsors of the open house include National City, American Life and
Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky, the Main Street Association,
Metro Louisville Government, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State
Historic Preservation Office, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Volunteer opportunities for local residents are available and include
assisting with registration, staffing the local hospitality booth and
monitoring educational sessions. Volunteers receive equal time to attend
non-ticketed conference activities in exchange for the hours they
volunteer. Applications are available online at the National Trust
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council has invited all conference
attendees to visit the Old Louisville Information Center and the
neighborhood. Both the Information Center and the Conrad/Caldwell House
Museum will be open extended hours from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday, September
28, through Saturday, October 2, and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, October
Visitors to the Information Center will be able to view the exhibit,
“Central Park: A 100 Year Retrospective”, obtain a copy of the Old
Louisville walking tour brochure, and enjoy refreshments.
Volunteers are needed to staff the Information Center on Saturday and
Sunday of the conference. Please call the Old Louisville Information
September Events at the Filson
Old Louisville Walking Tour - Friday, Sept. 17,
4:00 pm with a reception from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. Pied piper Dr. Tom Owen
leads a leisurely walk through the city’s first residential
neighborhood, providing historical information about its residential
courts and Victorian wonders. Tour begins and ends at The Filson
Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street. Wine and cheese reception at
The Filson following the tour. $15 Filson members, $20 nonmembers. Call
for reservations, 635-5083.
Filson Lecture, “The Stories of Louisville’s
Public Accommodations Integration” – Wednesday, Sept. 22, Noon.
Dr. Tracy K’Meyer of the University of Louisville will discuss the civil
rights movement in Louisville, in particular the process of public
accommodations integration and how that process is remembered. Free.
Call for reservations, 635-5083. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S.
Congratulations to Leah and Chuck…
Leah Stewart has resigned her position as chair of the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council Zoning and Land Use (ZALU) Committee to accept an
appointment to the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment.
Chuck Anderson has accepted an appointment as the new chair of ZALU . He
is also the president of the 1300 South Third Street Neighborhood
Congratulations and thanks to both of these dedicated neighborhood
Parents Plan Potluck
A potluck for Old Louisville parents and their school-age children will
be held in Central Park on Saturday, September 11, 2004, from 11AM to
2PM. Old Louisville is often perceived as a neighborhood of adults;
however, children have always been an important part of the community,
and in recent years more families with children have moved to the
neighborhood. The potluck will allow families to meet other families in
For further information, contact Caroline Thornewill at 637-7095
The Millionaires are Coming!
After two years of hard work and research, the 1300
South Third Street Neighborhood Association has received word that its
application for a historical marker commemorating Third Street as
Millionaires Row has been approved.
The marker, paid for with monies from a city grant through Metro Council
Member George Unseld, will be installed on the even side of the 1200
block and a dedication ceremony will be scheduled sometime between
January and June 2005.
One side of the marker will explain how the stretch of Third Street from
Kentucky Street to U of L – often called one of the richest
architectural experiences in the country – evolved into one of the
city’s premier residential streets, and the other side will focus on a
specific architectural style in the area.
A two-sided marker costs $1,700.00, and the process can take more than a
year to complete. If your organization is interested in obtaining a
historical marker for Old Louisville, please contact:
Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program
Kentucky Historical Society
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1792 ext. 4476
(502) 564-0475 (Fax)
Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce Central Park
Centennial Photo Contest Winners to be Announced
Winners in the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce Central Park
Centennial Photo Contest will be announced at a reception on Monday,
September 20, 2004, at 7PM in the Old Louisville Information Center.
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce has made a generous donation to
provide the cash awards for the contest. All photo entries will be
displayed at the reception. Light refreshments will be served.
Jerie Britton, contest coordinator for the Central Park Centennial
Committee, invites everyone to attend.
Highlights from the August Property Improvement
Stuart Apartments, Sixth and Oak:
Bob and Roberto Bajandas reported that their renovation of the Stuart
Apartments will be completed in September. Twenty apartments units (1-3
bedrooms, 500-1100sqf) will rent from $400 to $650. The floor plan of
the six residential units on the first floor could accommodate retail
operations at some point. An open house may be held sometime in
Bob and Roberto plan to begin construction as soon as possible on a
mixed use project, where their office would be located, on the northeast
corner of Sixth and Oak.
SoHo Condominiums, Fifth and Breckinridge:
There have been major changes in the design of this project, which will
now be mixed use. One-third of the $119,000-$210,000 condos have
reportedly been sold. Ground breaking has not occurred; completion date
is projected for late spring, 2005.
A complete copy of the August 11, 2004, minutes is available at the Old
Louisville Information Center.
Liquor Barn Sponsors the Saint James
Court Art Show
The St. James Court Art Show, ranked among the top
five fine art shows in the country, welcomes the Liquor Barn, the
Ultimate Party Source, as its presenting sponsor. The partnership
between the Art Show and Liquor Barn marks the first time in the show’s
48-year history to have a presenting sponsor.
Susan Coleman, St. James Court Art Show Executive Director said, “As
purveyors who celebrate the art of fine living, Liquor Barn has a long
and illustrious history in Kentucky of supporting its community arts
groups, first in Lexington and now in its new hometown of Louisville.
St. James regards art as always being in good taste and a fundamental
element of quality living, and sees the partnership as a perfect fit for
both groups. We are thrilled to have Liquor Barn partner with us, and
believe their participation at this level speaks volumes about their
commitment to good works within our community.”
For Marc Roberts, General Manager of Louisville’s three Liquor Barn
stores, his support has both a personal and professional component. Marc
and his family have enjoyed coming to the St. James Court Art Show,
their first stop always being that of brother-in-law, Mitchell Rickman’s
booth of hand-thrown pottery. Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, this
marks Rickman’s fifth year as a show participant.
On a professional level, Roberts also believes Liquor Barn’s presenting
one of the largest and reputable outdoor art shows in the country is a
perfect fit for his customers. “Our patrons lead full, active lives, and
are always searching for the very best life has to offer. Whether it’s
the best vintage wine, the best value, or the best local event, such as
the St. James Court Art Show, if we can help them in their pursuit, then
we’ve done our part.”
Liquor Barn is augmenting this year’s show with some exciting accents
.They have worked with Louisville’s In Town Winery to present three
collector’s edition wines. The wines are being sold at all three Liquor
Barn locations:1800 S. Hurstbourne Parkway; 4301 Towne Center in
Springhurst; and 3420 Fern Valley Road. If all goes according to plan,
these wines will be sold by the glass at the art show at the Third
Street Neighborhood Association booth at Third and Magnolia, and at the
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
Liquor Barn will also be hosting a visit from California winemaker Mark
Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery and CK Mondavi Wines. His schedule will
include appearances at St. James, tastings at selected Liquor Barn
locations, and a special wine maker’s dinner. Liquor Barn will also
launch some in-store promotions which will benefit the neighborhood.
They invite you to visit their booth on St. James Court directly west of
the fountain (SJ-229) to learn more about what they have to offer.
The 48th annual St. James Court Art Show, presented this year on October
1, 2, and 3, will feature over 700 fine artists and craftspeople from
throughout North and South America. Held rain or shine, the pet-free
event opens at 10:00 a.m. daily, and closes at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday, and at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Art Exhibit Features
Wellspring Art Therapy Program
An art exhibit created by clients who are participants
in the Wellspring Art Therapy Program runs at The Old Louisville Coffee
Shop at Fourth and Hill Streets from August 30 through September 24,
Old Louisville neighbors are invited to an opening reception with light
refreshments on Thursday, September 2, 2004, from 6pm-8pm. The exhibit
is open daily 7am-9pm.
Entitled “Images from Our Minds,” the exhibit contains works created by
clients as part of their recovery from mental illness. Art therapy
emerged in the 1930s as a way for psychiatrists to study a link between
the art and illness of their patients. Since then, the profession of art
therapy has grown into an effective and important method of
communication, assessment and treatment. All proceeds from art sales at
the exhibit will benefit the Wellspring Art Therapy Program.
Wellspring offers rehabilitative services and housing programs for
persons with psychiatric disabilities. It operates 20 facilities in
Jefferson and Shelby counties. Two programs are in Old Louisville along
with the administrative offices at 1382 South Third Street.
For further information, contact Linda Bukszar, Development Director,
(502) 637-4361, ext 12.
University of Louisville School of
Friday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Gala Recital. Annual showcase of faculty musicians. Margaret
Comstock Concert Hall. $15.00 reserved seating, $10.00 general
admission, $5.00 students. Tickets available by calling 502-852-6907.
Sunday, September 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital: Daniel Weeks, tenor. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.
Monday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Guest Ensemble: Aebersold Quartet. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.
Wednesday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Guest Ensemble: Harry Pickens Trio. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.
Sunday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.
University Chorale, University Chorus, and the Cardinal Singers.
Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.
Monday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Guest Chorus: High School Honors Choir Concert. Margaret Comstock
Sunday, September 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Weisburg Suzuki String Program. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall.
Sunday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.
University Symphony Orchestra. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.
Monday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital: The McHugh-Oliphant Duo performs the first of three
recitals featuring the complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Ludwig
van Beethoven. Pre-concert lecture with faculty music historian Seow-Chin
Ong at 7:00 p.m. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.
U of L Music Concert Hotline
General Election: Tuesday, November 2, 2004.
Deadline to register to vote in the General Election: October 4, 2004.
Call the Jefferson County Board of Elections at 574-6100
for more information or visit their Web site at
Would you like to work the polls on Election Day?
You must be a registered Republican or Democrat in Jefferson County.
Each election officer is compensated $15.00 for attending a two-hour
training session and $89.56 for working on Election Day.
To be considered for an election officer position,
please call the Board of Elections at
(502) 574-6040 or (502) 574-8259.
into Old Louisville…
This horse was recently sighted at Broadway and First
registering for fall classes at Jefferson Community College. He
(she?) and many of his friends will be trotting down to Central
Park along Fourth Street on September 20. They will be grazing
there until the middle of October when they will be auctioned
off to the highest bidders. Look for the herd during the Saint
James Court Art Show. Brightside will have a tent nearby with
information on the nags.
Woman’s Club holds Annual MARKETPLACE
The Woman’s Club of Louisville, 1320 South Fourth
Street, will hold its 53rd annual MARKETPLACE fundraising event from
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 through Saturday, October 3, 2004, with no
activity on Thursday, September 30, 2004. The event benefits The
Louisville Deaf Oral School.
The MARKETPLACE is a boutique with a variety of clothing, jewelry,
antiques, collectables, books, holiday and children’s items for sale.
For the first time this year there will be a selection of Russian folk
The event kicks off with a “Patron’s Party” with wine and hors d’oeuvres
on Tuesday evening ($10 donation). On Wednesday, the MARKETPLACE opens
to the public from 9:30am to 4pm. On Friday and Saturday, the
MARKETPLACE and a café serving homemade food will be open from 10am – 5
On Wednesday only there will be valet parking. The Louisville Metro
Police Department has agreed to close parking for Wednesday on the south
side of Park from 4th to 6th, the south side of Ormsby from 4th to 6th,
the east side of 6th from Ormsby to Magnolia and the west side of 4th
from Ormsby to Magnolia.
To ease congestion for those attending this charitable event, The
Woman’s Club would appreciate neighbors using off street parking
2004 Art Show Poster Unveiled
Mayor Jerry Abramson will unveil the official 2004 St.
James Court Art Show collectible poster on September 7, 2004.
This year’s St. James Court Art Show poster was designed by David
Walker, an award-winning graphic designer and Louisville native. An
original photo illustration of the classic architecture found throughout
St. James Court and Old Louisville, the poster features the
most-photographed house on St. James Court (that of author Sena Jeter
Naslund and her husband, John Morrison), and a gas coach lamp which
cleverly reflects Venus, who graces the top of the Court’s signature
David has been in advertising and design in the Louisville market for
over 20 years, and has won numerous design awards. In 1997, he formed
the Walker Design Group, a graphic design studio specializing in
business-to-business marketing, brand building and logo design.
David will be on hand to sign and number limited edition posters on
Saturday, September 18, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Liquor Barn
Springhurst Store, and again on Saturday, September 25, from 2:00-3:30
p.m. at Beyond Dimensions Custom Framing at 9428 Brownsboro Road (owned
by our own Sandy Barber). Tastings of the St. James Court Art Show wines
will be held in conjunction with the poster signings at both locations.
Win A Free Makeover at Salon Bijin
Jeff Lewis is the new operator of Salon Bijin, a beauty
parlor, located at 1118 South Third Street at Wallace Studios. The salon
offers hair, nails, waxing and make-up services.
Jeff operated the 800 Salon at the 800 Building for 18 years. Over the
years his clients have included Patti Labelle, Morgan Fairchild, Tammy
Wynette and Lana Turner. Several high profile Louisvillians are among
his current clientele. He looks forward to serving Old Louisville. Call
for appointments at 584-3421.
To introduce himself to the neighborhood, Jeff will select someone for a
free makeover and a glamour photo by Jim Kurtz. To be eligible, send or
bring a “before” photo to Salon Bijin by September 14, 2004. The winner
will have her or his photos published in the October issue of the Old
In Memoriam: James T.
Jim Trousdale, 77, died on Friday,
August 6, 2004, at Caritas Medical Center after an
Jim was a longtime friend and volunteer in the Old
Louisville neighborhood. For several years, he served as
volunteer coordinator for the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council food booth at the St. James Court
Art Show and for the Old Louisville Information Center
Holiday House Tour.
Jim loved to cook and won many blue ribbons for his jams
and jellies at the Kentucky State Fair. Old Louisville
neighbors attending the fair always looked for his
Jim was a happy and enthusiastic man; we will miss his
bright smile. We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife
and co-volunteer, Patricia Thompson Trousdale.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s
Association or to The Salvation Army.
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