Who We Are . . .
Old Louisville-Limerick was
one of 14 inner city neighborhoods analyzed in terms of housing and
neighborhood conditions and compared with Jefferson County as a whole.
The study and written report
identifies current conditions in the study area, discusses neighborhood
challenges, and recommends reinvestment strategies.
Housing Conditions and
Challenges in Louisville’s Western and Central Neighborhoods, by
Steven C. Bourassa, Eric Schneider, and Bruce Gale of the UofL Urban
Studies Institute and Jack Trawick of the Louisville Community Design
Center is available in its entirety at the Old Louisville Information
Key Findings for
* One of only two
neighborhoods to experience a population increase and one of only three
neighborhood to have an increase in the number of housing units between
1980 and 2000.
* Dissimilarity index was
close to zero percent in 1980 but has increased since then.
* In spite of gentrification,
has the second lowest owner occupancy rate (16.5%); this rate has been
fairly constant since at least 1980 due to the development of new and
rehabilitated apartment buildings, including seniors’ housing.
* Houses requiring major
rehabilitation tend to be on the periphery of this neighborhood, as
substantial reinvestment has occurred in its core.
here for more findings
Join us for an evening of
fun and neighborhood camaraderie!
Old Louisville Honors Herb
6 PM, Thursday, May 15,
Tickets are $20 and are
available at the Old Louisville Information Center
Call 635-5244 for further information.
The Old Louisville
Information Center presents…
The Rob Nickerson Group
Sunday, May 4, 2003,
C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater
in Central Park
Join us for a free concert
featuring the sounds of jazz, Latin, and contemporary music
Rain location: Caldwell Hall, Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
ZALU Is Back
The Zoning and Land Use
Committee (ZALU) has been reactivated by the Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council to deal with zoning issues that have arisen under the new
Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District and to respond to development
proposals for the neighborhood.
Marianne Lesher is the new
chair of the committee, which will meet the third Tuesday of each month at
7pm in the Old Louisville Information Center. The next meeting is May 20,
Anyone interested in zoning
and land use issues is invited to become a member of the committee. It
would be advantageous for all block associations to appoint a
representative to the committee in order to keep abreast of neighborhood–wide
issues and to present zoning and land use problems and concerns within the
boundaries of a particular block association.
A Neighborhood Tradition and Asset:
The Saint James
Court Art Show
I find myself in a
unique situation -- a resident of Old Louisville and a participating
artist in the St. James Court Art Show.
As a child, I grew
up in historic homes. As a college student I rented a carriage house in
the Cherokee Triangle and upon graduation, bought my first home – a 1905
Victorian cottage – in Crescent Hill. When we decided to move into a
larger home it was a natural progression to come into Old Louisville and
become part of a neighborhood with great historical and aesthetic
importance. I’ve been selling my artwork for 21years and have preferred
to enter only local shows - St. James Court Art Show being the biggest,
the best, the most organized, and quite frankly, the most lucrative of all
I appreciate the art
show because it provides a means to take better care of the neighborhood.
As homeowners, we are simply caretakers of these homes, and it is our job
to insure that they are here for another one hundred years to enable
future generations to be educated and inspired by their beauty and
associations responsible for the organization and management of the St.
James Court Art Show return any proceeds to Old Louisville neighborhoods
to maintain, improve and perpetuate the area.
The 1300 South Third
Street Block Association, of which I am a member, maintains the period
street lighting and provides donations for projects such as the repair of
the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, and the restoration of the Filson Club.
We have purchased two mountain bicycles for the Fifth District Police Bike
Patrol. Annual donations to Shakespeare in Central Park, and staffing/
financial support to the Oak Street and Central Park clean ups. All of
these projects enhance my property, improve my quality of life and nourish
my creative appetite.
The St. James Court
Art Show draws thousands of visitors from all parts of the country. I have
sold paintings to patrons from as far away as Alaska and Canada. I know of
two artists who were so enamored with historic Old Louisville and its
Victorian architecture, they purposely relocated here to become an active
integral part of this neighborhood. Not only is the Art Show financially
important to Metro Louisville, it also showcases a rare Victorian
neighborhood not found anywhere else in the United States.
As an artist, I
appreciate the beauty and history of my surroundings when I set up my tent
that first weekend in October and, as a resident who very much wants to
maintain and more importantly preserve and protect this treasure of a
neighborhood, I applaud the St. James Court Art Show.
Dr. Larry Askins
Artist and Old
of the Old Louisville Journal:
Fountain for Sale
From the Old
Louisville Information Center Newsletter, May 1984
For sale: Parts of one
slightly damaged Victorian-era fountain. Original cast iron centerpiece of
St. James Court. Owner needs to clean out basement. Pieces from $.25 to
Yes, it’s true! The St.
James Court Association is selling the fountain- that is, pieces of the
original cast iron fountain. The original was replaced in 1975 by a new
casting, but in the process it (the original) was shattered. Seems it was
dropped from a crane. This presented quite a challenge to the sculptor in
charge of recasting, but it also created a unique marketing opportunity
for the Court Association.
P.S The next time you are
walking through the neighborhood visit the fountain. It’s back in
operation for the 1984 season.
Old Louisville Featured in
New York Times Article
Old Louisville received favorable mention
as a place to visit in an April 11, 2003, New York Times article
entitled "Journeys: 36 Hours – Louisville, Ky.."
Listing things to do and see to sample the
city’s traditions "…in the magnolia-shaded spring of
Louisville," the article suggests that visitors explore the quiet
streets on a Sunday morning. Visitors are encouraged to visit the
"heirloom neighborhood" of Old Louisville. Belgravia and St.
James Court are mentioned as "serene hideaways" not to be
The Dupont Mansion Bed &Breakfast is
mentioned along with the Brown and Seelbach Hotels as places to stay.
The article is available at the Old
Louisville Information Center.
Garden Plots Still
Several plots are still
available in the Limerick Community Garden.
Call Jerie Britton at
637-9988 to sign up for one.
Garden Club Forms
The Amen! of Nature is
always a flower. O.W. Holmes
Thank goodness spring is
here. It’s time to do all those things in our gardens that we’ve been
thinking of all winter! But what will grow and prosper? What are
pass-along plants? What did the Victorian era grow? Do I want a cottage or
formal garden?? How about native plants -or- plants that will take care of
Please join us at the Old Louisville Information Center on Wednesday, May
14th at 7pm. There is renewed interest in forming an Old Louisville Garden
Club and we want and need your input. Refreshments will be served.
Call the Old Louisville
Information Center (635-5244) for further information.
Got Good Help?
If so, please let us know
about it. People frequently ask for the names of a good carpenter,
plumber, mason, plasterer, painter, etc.. The Old Louisville Information
Center seeks to create a file which will help answer these questions. We
invite neighbors to recommend workers and companies with which they have
had a good experience; we will pass this information to interested parties
along with the recommender's name and phone number.
Please call the Old
Louisville Information Center (635-5244) with any recommendations.
Derby Bring Culinary Delights
Kentucky means many things to many people. Perhaps spring is cool
mornings and tender flowers like tulips in bloom. Others may
consider it spring when the Derby Festival events finally arrive.
For my family, spring means these things and more. We love to
gather at someone's home and share a Sunday meal together, and
spring for us means new additions to the Sunday dinner table. With
fresh asparagus from my uncle's garden and old fashioned yeast
rolls lovingly recreated from my grandmother's recipe, the entire
family knows spring has sprung. There are the traditional dishes
each of us is known for bringing, and then there are the ones we
sort of slip in as "a little something new" to the tried
and true table.
I remember flipping
through the well-worn wooden box which has been home to my
mother's recipes for at least 30 years. Though we lost her some 25
years ago, flipping through that file
makes me feel like
she is in the kitchen working her culinary magic. All the old
favorites are there including the dishes you hope never to see
again. You know the ones I'm referring to...the chipped beef on
toast from my childhood and that always interesting lime jello
salad with cottage cheese and crushed pineapple. Not there there
is anything necessarily wrong with it but, it has been absent from
our table for over 10 years and no one seems to notice,
A few years ago I
stumbled across a recipe I did not recall ever tasting. Mom had it
filed under "brunch items" and it caught my attention. I
first made the dish for a Sunday brunch on the day after Derby and
I'm happy to say it is the most requested brunch dish for our
family. It just wouldn't be Derby weekend without that Sunday
brunch and it wouldn't be Sunday brunch without this dish. I hope
you try it and I hope it becomes a favorite of yours, too.
Sausage and Rice Casserole
1 pound ground
sausage, (hot or mild to your choice)
1 large red onion,
4 celery stalks,
sliced or chopped in small pieces
2 carrots, shredded
1 green pepper,
4 1/4 cups boiling
2 envelopes of
chicken noodle soup mix
1/2 cup uncooked long
Brown sausage in
large skillet, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks.
Drain and set aside.
Bring the water to a boil and add the soup mix and rice. Cook for
7 minutes. Combine soup and rice mixture, sausage and the chopped
vegetables stirring to mix well. Pour into a greased 2 quart
casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Serve hot
Improvement Session Is a Success
blustery weather, over 115 neighbors and friends turned out at 8:30am on
April 5, to clean up and improve Central Park.
By 11am, the following had
· 14 dump-truck loads of
mulch were spread.
· 20 bags of fescue
grass seed were planted
· 40 bags of fertilizer
· 60 bags of straw were
· 10 bales of pine
needles were placed
· 24 flats of pansies
· 50 bags of hardwood
bark mulch were placed
· 15 light pole bases
· 1 tennis court
electrical unit and pole was painted
· walkways were edged
· limbs and debris were
· gutters were cleaned
· leaves were raked
· catch basin debris was
At noon, all workers gathered
near the Old Louisville Information Center to enjoy a barbecue lunch
catered by Masterson’s, generously funded by Metro Councilman George
Unseld, and coordinated by Donna Sanders, his legislative assistant.
Councilman Unseld also provided for associated items such as drinks,
chips, plates, and utensils. He also provided an additional $1,000 for
grass seed, fertilizer, and straw when it was learned that Metro Parks had
no funds for such materials.
Funds were also donated by
the following neighborhood associations:
Other goods and services were
provided by the following: David Norton, Winn-Dixie (Jim Craven,
manager), Marianne Lesher, Lois Tash, Malcolm Bird, Virginia McCandless,
Ginny Keen, Metro Parks, Action Landscape Company, Bill Peake, Herb
and Marjorie Fink, Ben Handy, Porter Paint, Morrison Greenhouse, Lose
Brothers, Chuck Blust, Tim Beavin, Judy Seale, Polly Wood, Beth Duffy,
District Major Larry Watkins, Sergeant Doug Sweeney, and Officer Tara
Other workers and their
– 13 folks: Bill Herron, David Fotaergill, Johnny Waite, Larry Valdez,
Roger Ellington, Greg Posley, Lisa Risen, Courtney Williams, Stephen
Boyd, Clay Campbell, Bill Foster, Brian Haag, and Jeff Blackloch.
Metro Public Works
– 3 folks: David Ross, Charles, and Tyson Farrow.
– 4 folks: Jean Crowe, Fred Nett, Rose Grenough Nett, and John
– Nancy Leavell
Central Park Tennis
Association – Walter Hutchins
St James Court
– Carol Graf
– 11 folks: Virginia McCandless, Matthew Lyons, Vernon Cook, Ginny Keen,
Lee Jones, Tim Bottorff, Zane Lockhart, Beth Duffy, Toney Mapp, Tom Duffy,
III, and Thomas Duffy, IV.
District Metro Police
– folks: Major Larry Watkins, Sergeant Doug Sweeney, Office Tara Long.
– 18 folks: Alfonzo Brown, William Juchs, Juan Jutiy, David Whittingwill,
Jeff Hall, Michael Troutman, Jesse Wyatt, Roger Garrison, Oscar Hensen,
Derrick English, Howard Dow, George Leon, Stephanie Taylor, Autumn Tolley,
Marlow Johnson, Lesley Witcher, Elizabeth Harrington, Brian Harrington.
Ouerbacker Court/ Hope House
– 14 folks: Jeff Schooler, Andrea Blair, Joan Stewart, Gary Burdette,
Nick Hodge, Doug Janio, Gary Powell, Joe Banks, Larry Fuller, Rodney
Bright, Tim French, Adam Gonzalez, Richard Morton, Larry Noles.
West St. Catherine
– 3 folks: Rhonda Williams, Michael Williams, Sandra Needy.
– 9 folks: Myra Silva, Marianne Lesher, Aleasha Huested, Matthew Huested,
Lydia Huested, Emily Huested, Hannah Huested, Auburn Davis, Amber Davis.
– 13 folks: Bill Peake, Bob Gossman, Erika Rogers, Andy Dugan, Terry
Hammond, Dwayne Hammond, Steve Hammond, Herb Fink, Holly Evans, Monty
Evans, Chuck Blust, Tim Beaven, Jerry Smith.
1300 South Third –
3 folks: Chuck Anderson, Judy Seale, Polly Wood.
Central Park West
– 5 folks: Bob Bajandas, James Brown, Missy Murphy, Mark Baridon, Gary
Walnut Street Baptist Church
– 14 folks: Angela Carpenter, Harold Garwood, Hal Pettegro, Sharon
Weller, Miranda Nebane, Immaculate Amononn, Renee Brewer, Shannon
Hunsucker, David Hubble, Dana Aoamg, Gail Tucker, Jan Close, Allen