Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 28, Issue 8
Residential Parking Permit Program
What is a Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP)?
A RPPP is an On-Street Parking Program established by a majority
rule of residents as set forth by Metro Louisville Ordinance §72.200
- §72.213. The benefits of this program are to:
Reduce hazardous traffic conditions resulting
from the use of streets within these areas or neighborhoods by
Protect residents of the neighborhood from
unreasonable burdens in gaining access to their residence
Preserve the character and value of the
properties in the neighborhood
Preserve the safety of children and other
Old Louisville Residential Parking Permit Program
Recently, a RPPP has been adopted in the Old Louisville
Old Louisville Residents within the Residential Parking Zone (RPZ)
who require on-street parking will need to submit a Residential
Permit Parking Application and provide the following information:
Proof of residency (tax bill, lease w/landlord phone number, utility
Make, model, & license plate number of each vehicle
Proof of ownership of motor vehicle, or principal use by applicant
Vehicle registration that indicates registration within the area
To determine if you are a resident within the Old Louisville RPZ or
to view the boundaries, please view the Old Louisville RPZ map, go
to www.LouisvilleKy.gov/PARC, click on Residential Permit Parking
Program, then click on Old Louisville. This will take you to the
page where you can click on the map.
Applications for permit parking within the Old Louisville RPZ will
be accepted at the following times and locations:
PARC will be located at the Old Louisville Information Center, 1340
South 4th Street
The following dates and times:
08/01-Tuesday-08/03 Thursday1:00PM thru 8:00PM
08/04-Friday-1:00PM thru 6:00PM
After this time residents will be required to come to the PARC
On-Street office at 224 West Muhammad Ali Blvd. to purchase a
The St. James Court
Art Show is issuing
A challenge is being sent to any and all friends of Jack
to match or exceed a $100 donation to an art scholarship
during the 50th anniversary of the St. James Art Fair.
Please call Margue Esrock, St. James Court Art Show
Director, at 635-1842.
Councilman Unseld is throwing a concert…and
you’re invited to participate!
Join Mr. Unseld the weekend of August 18-20 for Music in
Central Park! Old Louisville Neighborhood Associations are
invited to set up booths during this festive weekend.
Friday, August 18th will be Old School, Saturday, August
19th will be Jazz music and Sunday, August 20th
will feature Gospel music. Neighborhood Associations should
contact Mr. Unseld’s office for more information.
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Tours Showcase Winning Landscape
Winners in a low-maintenance
landscaping design contest will be showcased in tours July
22 and August 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In 2005 the
Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District held an
EPA-sponsored design competition for residential properties.
The winning designs incorporate low-maintenance landscapes
that reduce the use of gasoline-powered lawn maintenance
equipment. The tours are free, but tickets must be obtained
in advance by calling (502) 574-5322 or by e-mailing
Participants were asked to submit a design that would reduce
gasoline maintenance, as one hour of mowing with a 4-cycle
gasoline lawnmower produces as much smog-forming
hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide as driving a typical car
for almost 200 miles. Designs had to be adaptable to many
urban residential settings, and use moderately priced
plants—50% of which were to be native plants—which are hardy
The competition categories included landscapes for sun,
shade, mixed sun/shade, and a category for homeowners.
Designs may be viewed at www.apcd.org/lawncare/design_contest/.
Posters of the low-maintenance designs will be available at
the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, 850
Barret Avenue, or by calling (502) 574-5322 while supplies
Governors Scholars come to Old Louisville
No, your calendars weren’t wrong. There was a cleanup going on
in Central Park in July!
A group of students participating in the Governors Scholars
Program at Bellarmine University were involved in different
neighborhoods to complete a service learning requirement of the
summer residency program.
Herb Fink of the OLNC Property Improvement Committee contacted
members of the neighborhood to let them know of the program.
Herb also made arrangements for additional assistance from Metro
The Governors Scholars Program is a highly competitive program
for high school students from across the Commonwealth to come
together in a residential setting and immerse themselves in a
course of study over the summer months.
On behalf of the residents of Old Louisville and those who
frequent Central Park, thanks to Herb Fink for helping make this
unique opportunity a reality in our neighborhood.
Kroger helps clean
You may have noticed something missing from the
sidewalks and alleys in Old Louisville and surrounding
neighborhoods recently - grocery carts.
On May 15th, the Kroger at 2nd and Breckinridge activated
its new electronic fencing system to keep those carts on the
property. Thus far, the system has worked well. The new
system causes wheels on the new carts to lock if they are
taken beyond the boundaries of the property thus saving
money in lost carts for the store and keeping visual
eyesores off of private property throughout the
There are still some older carts out there. If you see any,
please report them to the 2nd Street Kroger at 589-1025.
Additionally, Kroger has undergone many interior and
exterior improvements under new store manager Lisa Kaiser.
Many thanks to Ms. Kaiser and Regional Operations Manager
Vance Blade for their efforts to improve the neighborhood we
all call home.
Let’s hope that the recent resurgence in neighborhood
housing interest, along with the downtown housing boom, will
lead to expansion at that site soon!
Hidden Treasures Garden Tour a
The 13th Annual “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour was a
great success! There was a near-record number of tourists and
perhaps even set a record for the universality of its guests,
who came from near and far, including visitors from China and
Japan (who happened to be in Louisville for a conference). The
silent auction was successful and will happen again next year.
Mother Nature smiled as tourists enjoyed a relatively cool
stroll through Old Louisville streets to reach the Toonerville
Neighborhood, the site of the private gardens for the tour. Once
again the tour revealed to visitors a glimpse of personal oaisis
created by residents that otherwise would remain a secret.
Many thanks to the sponsors whose support make the tour unique
and a welcoming experience that draws return visitors every
year: Architectural Salvage; Bearwood Gardens/Kevin Kouba; The
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; the DuPont Mansion B & B; E. J.
Printing; Ermin’s French Bakery & Café; The Gallery at 133, Oak
St.; Gumby’s Garden Room & Catering; the Kling Center; Mary
Martin, Semonin Realtors; Masterson’s Catering; Missy Murphy,
Realtor; Nord’s Bakery on Preston; Oak Street Hardware/Lee
Jones; the Old Louisville Information Center; the Old Louisville
Coffeehouse; Plant Kingdom; Scheler’s Food Mart; Sweet Home/
Renovation Pros; Dr. Jeremy Thornewill, Family Medicine; Treyton
Oak Towers; Metro Councilman George Unseld; and The Wine Market,
This year’s tour featured an eclectic array of gardens. Nine of
the eleven gardens had never been on the tour before, and those
that had previously been featured had matured and/or expanded
significantly. First Street provided the first, second and last
gardens along the route. Steve Bourassa’s was the first of the
private gardens to greet tourists with both visual and olfactory
delights from the many varieties of Asian lilies blooming just
in time for the garden tour. Next, beyond Noel Thompson’s and
Sue House’s formally landscaped front garden, visitors
encountered a more casual retreat, divided into different
spaces, that provides the focal point for year-round
entertainment of guests. At the end of the route, visitors
discovered in Tom and Nancy Woodcock’s young but
well-established garden an unusually large one by Old Louisville
standards, anchored in the rear by a newly built carriage house
that is a replica of the original.
The remaining gardens were located on S. Brook St. and E. Ormsby
Ave. One truly hidden treasure discovered by the garden hunter
was a charming cluster of four gardens at the corner of Brook
and Ormsby. Here, the paved alley that acts as a line of
delineation and yet unifies the individual elements of this
garden enclave exists due to the collective efforts of Ray Alvey,
the former residents of the other houses and Paul Chism, a
resident of Brook St. Theresa and Ray Alvey’s garden, twenty-six
years in the making, is larger than the others and offers
vegetables as well as ornamental planting. But the three small
hidden gardens of Rebecca and Bill Kessler, David Rogers and
Jamie Wallace and Christi and Todd Ayers, although similar in
size, inspired tourists with their considerable creativity and
individuality. Great generosity was displayed by several of the
garden tour hosts. Laurie and Bill Dailey of Brook St., newly
arrived from Florida, enthusiastically opened their garden to
this neighborhood effort and did some last-minute resuscitation
of an abandoned pond as well as relandscaping. Irene Spicer, who
also opened her home to the 2005 Holiday House Tour, further
displayed her Old Louisville citizenship by offering her “moon
garden” to the tour while she was deeply involved in the
Presbyterian Women’s Conference.
The two “veteran” gardens on East Ormsby were both products of
near-heroic efforts by owners Kevin Kouba, Rick Tabb & and W.S.
Walston, Jr., of the 200 block, and Helga Ulrich, of the 100
block. Kevin, whose Bearwood Gardens had hardscaped the
Kesslers’s garden a year ago, had worked closely with Helga on
the expansion of the existing landscaping into the adjacent
vacant lot on her property. Helga, whose house was also on the
2005 Holiday House Tour, agreed to join the garden tour, and
despite breaking her foot in the spring, stayed on board with
Kevin’s help. Kevin and Rick, the latter recovering from back
surgery, put the last touches on their significantly modified
garden, working up until the eleventh hour.
The garden tour will soon be displayed on film, thanks to the
civic consciousness of David Rogers, whose company will produce
a documentary available at the OLIC on VHS and DVD formats. The
efforts of many Old Louisville residents and friends from
outside the Old Louisville community went into making it the
success that it was. Linda Ewen at OLIC handled the presales.
Volunteers staffed the gardens, worked as “gophers,” sold
tickets and served in the hospitality center. The LMPD provided
a mounted patrol. Gayle and Herb Warren, in addition to
sponsoring and hosting the Fourth Annual Art in the Garden
feature, also hosted the wind-down party open to garden tour
volunteers, sponsors and garden hosts. The garden tour planning
committee extends its warmest thanks to all who participated in
this community effort!
Ghost Tours Highlight Area’s
The next full moon will see an increase
in the number of ghouls and goblins on the streets of Old
Louisville, a neighborhood that is fast gaining national
recognition for its haunted history. So says Nore Ghibaudy,
director of the Visitors Center in Historic Old Louisville
since it opened last spring in the 200 block of West Oak
Street. “Our ghost tours of Old Louisville have been so
popular that we’ve decided to create specialty tours that
capitalize on seasonal events and unique occurrences like
the full moon,” he says. “What better way to explore the
ghostly legends and stories associated with Louisville’s
premier Victorian neighborhood than by the light of a full
moon?” The monthly full moon ghost tours will visit many of
the haunted hotspots mentioned in David Dominé’s first book,
GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: True Stories of Hauntings in
America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood, as well as some of
those highlighted in his upcoming book, PHANTOMS OF OLD
LOUISVILLE: Ghostly Tales from America’s Most Haunted
Neighborhood. According to Dominé, who often guides the
tours himself, popular stops on the chauffer-driven tour
include a haunted orphanage on First Street and the steps of
the magnificent First Church of Christ, Scientist on Third
Street, where the sad phantom of a young woman who died in
the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918 still waits for her
fiancé years after he failed to show their planned
elopement. The tour will also include a romantic walk
through gas-lit Belgravia Court in the heart of Old
Louisville to hear some of the district’s most chilling
The Visitors Center in Historic Old
Louisville at 218 West Oak Street will offer full moon ghost
tours on Wednesday, August 9; Thursday, September 7;
Saturday, October 7; Sunday, November 5; and Tuesday,
December 5 this year. The tour will depart at 9:00 p.m. and
will last roughly two hours. The price is $25.00 per person.
The wildly popular “Ghost Tour of Old Louisville” still
departs every Friday at 7:30 p.m. throughout the year. Those
interested can call 502-637-2922 or go online at
www.ghostsofoldlouisville.com. David Dominé can be reached
at 502-718-2764 or
With temperatures in mid July
hovering near 100 degrees, it was time to dive into dinners
possible without turning on the oven! Scouring over the many
cookbooks and clipped recipes cluttering my kitchen shelf, I
stumbled upon some wonderful “old friends.”
A personal favorite of mine is an old chicken
salad recipe my mother used to make for me when I was a little
girl. Succulent chunks of chicken with diced celery, sliced red
grapes, and barbeque almonds were combined with salad dressing
and served on crisp lettuce leaves. This one is easy to do
without turning on the oven if you grab a rotisserie chicken
from the local grocery! Crusty bread and raspberry iced tea
round out this special summer salad meal.
A second favorite is any version of the Cobb Salad. The
inventive among you can probably lay out an incredible platter
of this salad without turning on the oven or firing up a burner
on the stove. It is possible to put together different “themed”
Cobb salads, in addition to the more traditional salad. For
instance, try laying out a bed of greens and topping them with
rows of sliced, toasted almonds and pineapple chunks, crumbled
bleu cheese, and shredded chicken. Use an Asian ginger bottled
dressing for this one. It’s incredible!
You may like to try one with sliced Harvard
beets, thinly shaved roast beef, grated carrots, chopped hard
boiled eggs, goat cheese, and thinly sliced onions. This version
is especially tasty served on a bed of baby spinach.
A third version is for the Italian lovers among us with fresh
mozzarella cheese, wonderful sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and
your favorite Italian shaved ham served with nothing but olive
oil and balsamic vinegar as a dressing and a great loaf of
crusty bread! Artfully arranged on a platter, this meal is a
feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Given that we still
have a good two months of hot weather remaining, avoid that
beast of an oven in your kitchen and turn to the salad bowl…or
in this case, the salad platter.
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