Old Louisville Guide
St James Court
And the St. James Court Art Show
site of the former Southern Exposition of 1883-1887, St. James and
Belgravia Courts are among the most recognized landmarks of
Exposition was essentially the World Fair of the time. Opened in
1883 by President Chester A. Arthur, it ran annually for five years,
proclaiming the rebirth of Southern industry, and highlighting the
innovations of the day. Thomas Edison personally turned on
the switch to light the Exposition with the largest display of electric
lighting outside of New York, and the electric trolley car premiered
here, riding delighted passengers through lighted tunnels on the
adjoining DuPont estate, now Central Park.
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the end of the Exposition in 1887, the expo buildings were dismantled,
and in their place St. James,
Belgravia, and Fountain Courts were born. Together, they make one
of the most beautiful and recognizable areas of the city.
On St. James
Court, stately Victorian homes make an oval frame around two lush shaded
greens centered by a magnificent bronze fountain. Belgravia
Court and Fountain Court are "walking courts"
with homes facing each other across a park-like green, away from traffic
and and other urban noise. At night,
the area is lit by the soft glow of gas light: a setting to soothe
St. James Court
and the entire surrounding area come to life in a remarkable way every
year on the first weekend of October for the St.
James Court Art Show. After over four decades,
it has become one of the largest open air art shows in the country, with
about 700 artists exhibiting and selling paintings, drawings,
sculptures, textiles, art glass, pottery, jewelry and much
more. Several hundred thousand people make their way to Old
Louisville each year to enjoy the event as well as the fall colors and
elegant Victorian surroundings.
The St. James
Art Show is free. Food and refreshments are available and proceeds
are used for the restoration, beautification and promotion of this
beautiful neighborhood, the The
Conrad/Caldwell House as well as local charities.
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to the St James Court Art Show Page
to the Belgravia Court Page
to the Old Louisville Guide Home Page
James Art Show Hours: First Weekend in October
Friday and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
picture's and info on St.
James Court by Robin Garr at Louisville.com
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