The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 29, Issue 12

December 2007    

(L to R) Mike Tyree, Nancy Waters, Kelly Creagh, Rhonda Williams, Nancy McCormick, Jessica McCarty and Charles Zoeller hosted the Ghost Walk.


Victorian Masquerade Ball Has Become an Annual Neighborhood Celebration

Louisville, KY (October 31, 2007) — Elegant ladies and gentlemen in beautiful Victorian attire and masquerade could be seen strolling the gas-lit walkways of the neighborhood last month. On Saturday evening, October 27, party-goers in Old-Louisville turned out in colorful regalia and period costumes for the second annual Spirit Ball at the Conrad-Caldwell House on St James Court. Outside, a black, lacquered horse-drawn carriage clip-clopped its way around the court as guests arrived in festive disguises and dressed as various Old Louisville characters from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Inside the beautiful 1895 mansion, a talented trio with piano, violin and cello delighted guests in the ladies’ parlor with moody strains of classical music. On the third floor, patrons of the Brown-Forman VIP Spirit Lounge enjoyed the elegant entertainment provided by accomplished harpist Nancy Stagner. In Caldwell Hall, party-goers danced the night away to spirited tunes performed by the Doug Finke Quintet. The festivities began at 7:00 p.m. and came to a close at midnight after almost two hundred revelers danced the night away while sipping cocktails and sampling gourmet fare from Masterson’s. "It was a perfect pre-Halloween weekend," said Maitlin Ross, a southern Indiana resident who came for the second year in a row. "The costumes and period attire were absolutely fabulous, and the Conrad-Caldwell House was just perfectly decorated with black bunting and fall foliage. I had a great time, and I can’t wait to come back again next year."

 Aside from live music, dancing and mingling, attendees also had the opportunity to bid on some 30 items and packages at a silent auction. A knowledgeable instructor from 610 Magnolia conducted an informative wine tasting in Haskins Hall, and Penny Brisson, a resident of Floral Terrace and employee of Brown-Forman Corp., gave a very enlightening Finlandia Vodka tasting near the open bar as attendees helped themselves to tasty appetizers and fall-themed entrees. Visitors to the neighborhood also visited haunted hotspots mentioned in David Dominé’s haunted Old Louisville books during the 4th Annual Victorian Ghost Walk sponsored by the West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood. Association. Deb Riall, director of the Conrad-Caldwell House, said the event was another huge success for the neighborhood and that it will be a highlight on the Old Louisville calendar for years to come. According to Dominé, the official host of the event, "The Spirit Ball and the neighborhood ghost tours draw hundreds of visitors to the streets of Old Louisville for the Halloween season." Gary Kleier, the chairman of the committee that organized the event said: "We hope to eventually turn the weekend before Halloween into an annual fall festival that celebrates the Victorian heritage of the neighborhood." Next year will see the addition of a pumpkin walk and other events that will grow the festival into a major attraction for Old Louisville, he said.

The Spirit Ball has come about as a result of many months of dedication and hard work by friends and residents of Old Louisville. Integral to the success of the ball were Gary Kleier, chairman of the Gathering of the Spirits Committee, Deb Riall, David Domine, Susan Coleman, Rob and Margaret Young, Aaron Lucas, Rob Crady, and Herb and Gayle Warren. Many local sponsors also contributed to the successful event, including Brown-Forman Corp., Masterson’s, Happy Balls!, and Gary Kleier and Associates. Proceeds from the ball will benefit the Conrad-Caldwell House and Museum. For more information about the Spirit Ball or to purchase your tickets for next year’s gala, call 502.636.5023 or go online at Tickets purchased in advance will receive a special discount.

4th Annual Victorian Ghost Walk drew hundreds of Spirit Seekers to Old Louisville

On the weekend before Halloween, Old Louisville was filled with spirits from the past when the West St Catherine Street Neighborhood Association hosted the 4th Annual Victorian Ghost Walk. According to Rhonda Williams, president of the association, hundreds of visitors flocked to the popular yearly event that took place on October 26, 27 & 28. "It’s a great way to celebrate the Halloween season and learn about the haunted history in our wonderful Victorian neighborhood," she said. "Tour leaders in colorful period attire guided groups on a two-hour jaunt through the gas-lit streets and walkways, and various phantoms and ghostly characters along the way told their stories.

Deb Riall, director of the Conrad-Caldwell House, and Susan Coleman

 Participants also had the opportunity to enter some of the area’s supposedly haunted homes, something that is always especially popular." This year’s tour took people inside Susan Shearer’s and Linda Gregory’s home on Sixth Street, Jeff Perry’s famed Pink Palace and Herb and Gayle Warren’s Inn at Central Park, where Susan Coleman regaled the crowds with the sad tale of Annie Whipple. Other ghosts who returned from the netherworld for the 2007 ghost walk included the Widow Hoag, Lady Ross and the Stick Witch, just to name a few. Plans are already underway for next year’s tour, which will mark the fifth anniversary of this beloved neighborhood event, so mark your calendars now. The 5th Annual Victorian Ghost Walk will take place on Friday, October 24, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 of 2008. Groups will meet in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House at 1402 St James Court and will depart every 15 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 when purchased in advance. Call 635-5244 for more information.


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PIC News

Reported by Herb Fink, Chair

Property Improvement Committee

William P. Schreck, Director, Louisville Metro Department of Codes and Regulations and Terry Rothman, Code Enforcement Officer, Division of Property Maintenance met with the OLNC Property Improvement Committee on the evening of November 8, 2007 - the regular monthly PIC meeting, so as to review and discuss code enforcement concerning vacant and deteriorating Old Louisville buildings.

Prior to the meeting, the committee previously surveyed the Old Louisville neighborhood and presented photographs of 20+/- buildings which are presently vacant, boarded, deteriorating, and/or have many code violations.

Mr. Schreck and Mr. Rothman reviewed with the committee the need for the Old Louisville neighborhood and his office to work closely together regarding these blighted properties.

(L to R) Terry Rothman, William Schreck, and Linda Plunkett at the 11/8/07 PIC meeting.

Substantial discussion centered about the recent fire which occurred at 1246 S. 1st. St. and the demolition of the building remains which were ordered the next day after the fire.

The PIC was concerned that with winter coming other vacant buildings were suspect to fire.

Mr. Schreck made the committee aware of the limitations of his office in that these severe building problems usually go into the court process which runs a legal course.

However, Mr. Schreck agreed to launch a second effort to rid our neighborhood of all blighted properties.

About nine years ago, sixty-five vacant and deteriorating buildings were identified in Old Louisville and the subsequent effort to reclaim these locations was very successful in that Mr. Schreck’s staff and Old Louisville worked together over a period of 5-6 years.

The OLNC’s attorney Oliver Barber was instrumental in many of the court actions and he has agreed to working with us regarding this second effort.

A subcommittee of neighborhood volunteers will review the properties of concern which are as follows:

  • 921 S. 1st St.

  • 1242 S. 1st St.

  • 1244 S. 1st St.

  • 1246 S. 1st St.

  • 216 E. St. Joseph St.

  • 1034 S. Brook St.

  • 1221 S. Brook St.

  • 1234 S. Brook St.

  • 1265 S. Brook St.

  • 1267 S. Brook St.

  • 1343 S. Brook St.

Anyone interested in participating in regard to the above should contact Linda Plunkett (635-5344) or Herb Fink (636-5596).

Ouerbacker Court Arts and Crafts Neighborhood Association


The OCACNA says THANK YOU to Councilman George Unseld and the Fourth Street Neighborhood Association for their kind and GENEROUS help in the procurement and installation of the wonderful period specific STREET LIGHTS on Ouerbacker Court. Without the help received from Councilman Unseld and the 4th Street Association these wonderful and beautiful lights would not be bringing the pleasure and feeling of safety to the Neighborhood. There will be a dedication ceremony very soon. If you are driving along Magnolia between 1st and Brook Streets, especially at night, notice how wonderful the lights shine in the night.

Again, a huge THANK YOU to Councilman Unseld and the 4th Street Neighborhood Association.

Halloween Fun...

 Mega fun was had by all in attendance at the annual Halloween shindig on Ouerbacker Court.  A scrumptious Pot Luck Dinner and then handing out Treats to at least 80 young, costumed Tricksters made for a wonderful evening for the Ouerbacker Court Arts and Crafts Neighborhood Association. 

Joan Stewart


Attention Bridge Players
Looking for Bridge players for foursome in Old Louisville.
Please call Shirley at 636-5673


Ghost Hunters Alert!

Local author David Domine is still in search of your true ghost stories and legends for inclusion in his third book in the Haunted Old Louisville series, SPECTERS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: Gilded Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America’s Grandest Victorian Neighborhood, which should come out sometime next year. David has also started compiling material for books of ghost stories he is working on for the Highlands and Waverly Hills Sanatorium as well, so if you have interesting stories or spooky tales you’d like to share, please contact him at 502.718.2764 or

The 4th Avenue Coffee House

The next event will be on Thursday, 12/20/07 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  December’s program will be Karaoke Night and singing Christmas carols. 

4th Avenue United Methodist Church
Coffee House, 6:30 pm 


The 31st annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour and Festival presented by Don Driskell and Semonin Realtors

will once again delight throngs of visitors on December 1st and 2nd from noon till six o’clock as local homeowners open their doors and invite the public inside to celebrate the past in America’s grandest Victorian neighborhood. Diane Kleier, the new chair of this treasured neighborhood event, has determined to make this year’s the most memorable holiday house tour ever and this year’s lucky participants will enjoy the opulence of local homes and various area bed and breakfasts as owners invite the public inside to relieve the grandeur of a bygone era and enjoy the Victorian yuletide spirit. This year, the Crane House will join the event with an assortment of holiday vendors and informative displays, and as always, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will feature as a star attraction on the tour. Participants will also be allowed to view the public rooms of the Inn at the Park, the Central Park Inn and the lovely DuPont Mansion where the ghost of Uncle Alfred DuPont will return for a wonderful Christmas recitation. Local author David Domine will be on hand to sign books again, and hungry visitors have the option of relaxing at an elegant Victorian tea. For more information go online at  or call 503.637.2922 or 503.635.5244. Show your support and make this the best year ever with your attendance or assistance!


 Volunteers are needed to help with the 31st Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour presented by Don Driskell on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from noon to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are normally $25, but if you volunteer your services for a three-hour shift in one of the beautifully decorated homes, you will get a ticket free of charge. This is the perfect opportunity to help the Old Louisville neighborhood and experience an annual holiday tradition at the same time. To find out more, send an email to  or go online at .  Volunteer your services now!


Seeding & Fertilizing Turf Areas in Central Park

Pat Jones, Turf Specialist with Louisville Metro Parks is in the process of spreading 1,000 lbs. of Fescue seed within and area of approximately 2 acres in the local e of the removed tennis courts and adjacent embankment and in the area of the children’s play area south to Magnolia Ave.

He is operating a seedovator which drops the seed into disturbed soil.

Pat will also be applying 2.5 ton of Louisville Green organic fertilizer (which is processed and provided by the local metropolitan sewer district) to the seeded area with a Lely spreader.

The Fescue seed is being underwritten by Friends of Central Park ($1,500); the fertilizer is being donated by MSD; and Metro Parks is providing all labor, machinery and expertise.

The above applications are an effort to develop Central Park lawn areas into a rich stand of Fescue grass.

Our thanks to Friends of Central Park, MSD, and Metro Parks.

Pat Jones, Metro Parks Turf Specialist operating a seedovator in Central Park.

Restoration & Remediation
Masonry Historic Painting
Mold remediation
Tuck pointing Cornice repair
Detecting, cleaning
Waterproofing & caulking wood repair Removal & Stucco Plaster treatment

Dennis Bolton
502-582-2833 office
502-648-7682 cell
785 S. Shelby St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40203

Project Woman, Inc.

Ground breaking for Project Woman, Inc. located within the block bounded by Lee St., 5th St., Bloom St., and Riley Ave. occurred on Friday, October 26, 2006.

The 15 million development will include administrative offices for Project Woman, 5 groups of apartment (56 units), and the early childhood model school (to include a roof garden).

Completion of some units should occur by early Fall 2008.

Ground breaking Project Women, Inc.


Seeking Nominees for the OLIC:

The Nominating Committee of the OLNC is seeking residents of Old Louisville that are willing to serve our community by attending and participating in a cooperative and productive way to make this the best possible neighborhood; to be part of the OLNC and the OLIC.

It is your chance to make a difference!

The requirement is to attend at least eight of the twelve monthly meetings on every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Each nominee will also be required to attend the December 18th, 2007 meeting when the officers and board members will be elected for 2008.

We have already identified a highly qualified person for treasurer and the co-chair and possibly the secretary.

We are still seeking candidates for two Board members.

The short biographies of each nominated candidate, as they become nominated, will be posted on

December 2007


















Holiday House Tour
12-6 p.m.



Holiday House Tour
12-6 p.m.










2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



Crime & Safety
7 p.m., OLIC






PIC Meeting
7:00 p.m. OLIC






2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922






      OLIC 6pm
      OLNC 7pm





Toonerville NA
St. Philip Chapel,
7 p.m.





2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922









New Year’s Eve


Christmas Day!

Center Closed



27  ZALU 7p.m.



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922


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