Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 25, Issue 11
Looking like a Million:
House Tour Presents
The Mansions on Third
The 16th annual Old
Louisville Holiday House Tour, the primary fundraiser for the Old Louisville
Information Center, will be held December 6 and 7, 2003, noon to 6 PM daily. The
tour will feature historic homes of the Victorian era decorated for the Yuletide
holidays. This yearís tour features "The Mansions on Third," eight
elegant homes all on Third Street, an area which was known historically as
Millionaireís Row for its huge, extravagant, ornate homes and wealthy
Tickets are $15.00 in advance
and $20.00 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available at the Old Louisville
Information Center in Central Park, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 PM, Saturday
10AM-4 PM, and Sunday 11:30AM-3:30 PM. You may also purchase by calling
(502)635-5244, or online at here at www.oldlouisville.com.
All tickets will be available
for pick up at tour headquarters at Treyton Oak Towers, 211 West Oak Street.
The Holiday Gift Boutique
located at Treyton Oak Towers is also part of the festivities. Over twenty
vendors will present their wares for sale. Jewelry, candles, soaps, greenery,
decorations, and antiques are among the items available for purchase as unique
holiday gifts. The boutique is during tour hours.
A sneak preview of the
boutique is on Friday night, December 5, from 6-9 PM . This is also a shopping
opportunity for Old Louisville and Treyton Oak Tower residents, and house tour
volunteers. The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra will provide music: wassail, wine,
and light refreshments will be served.
Also included as part of the
tour is the annual Taste of Old Louisville, featuring many of Old Louisvilleís
finest restaurants. Participating restaurants include Central Park Cafť, Erminís
French Cafť and Bakery, Granville Inn, Old Louisville Coffee Shop, and Third
Complimentary parking for the
House Tour is once again available at Cochran Elementary School, 500 West
Gaulbert Avenue. Shuttles will provide transportation between Cochran Elementary
and Tour Headquarters, as well as between all restaurants featured on the Taste
of Old Louisville and the Holiday Gift Boutique.
Help Spread the Cheer at
the Holiday House Tour
are needed to assist with this yearís Holiday House Tour on December 6
and 7. Shifts are from from noon until 3 PM, and from 3 PM until 6 PM.
Volunteers are needed for both shifts as greeters, ticket-sellers, van
drivers, command center workers, and tour-guides in each home. All ages
are welcome; preteens and teens are also needed to ride in the vans and
assist guests needing help getting in and out of the vans.
Volunteers receive free tour tickets and lots of good food at the
hospitality house to be held at Treyton Oak Towers.
Volunteers are integral to the success of the tour. Call Diane Glaser-Kleier
at (502) 636-0428, or email email@example.com
25th Annual 5K Run set for
25th Annual Fall 5K Run through Central Park will take place on Saturday,
November 22, 2003, at 9AM.
Sponsored by the Cherokee Road
Runners, the 3.1 mile run is a figure-eight course consisting of three loops in
and around Central Park. The course is considered fast and flat.
A commemorative shirt is being
offered to celebrate the 25th year of the race. Those who register by November
10 are guaranteed a shirt on race day; those who register later, including race
day, will receive shirts at a later date. Fees are adults: $15 (with shirt), $8
(without shirt); youth (17 and under): $10 (with shirt), $4 (without shirt).
To celebrate Thanksgiving, runners
are asked to supplement their entry fee with canned goods which will be donated
to West End Baptist Church at the corner of Magnolia and Fourth to feed the
Entry blanks for early registration
are available at the Old Louisville Information Center. Day of race registration
begins at 8AM in the Information Center.
Post race water, cider, brownies
and cookies will be available at the Information Center. Contact Dianne Ernst,
425-6798 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Letters to the
Re: Mark Perraultís Letter
of October 2003
As a planner and proponent
of light rail, I agree with much of what you have to say about the need for mass
transit and our dependence on the automobile. Unfortunately, while many things
sound good in theory, the truth is in the execution. Yes, as a close in
neighborhood, Old Louisville could benefit greatly by a light rail system, if it
were implemented properly. And therein lies the problem.
The light rail system, as
proposed, does nothing to help Old Louisville. There are no stops in Old
Louisville, nor are there any that are convenient to the residents of the area.
The proposed route takes the trains along the eastern edge of the neighborhood,
on an elevated roadbed, through one of the most economially fragile areas we
have. Prices in that area are just now reaching the point where banks will lend
renovation monies. We are just now reaching the point of pushing out the
absentee landlords that dominate that area. Imagine what a year or more of heavy
construction will do to property values. And once we pass that hurtle, the
residents of the east side of Floyd Street will live with a 20 to 30 foot tall
concrete retaining wall in their back yards. I doubt that will have a positive
affect on property values. And all this is for what benefit to us?
In all fairness, I must
admit that the original proposal was to route the trains down streets in the
center of the neighborhood. That would have provided transportation for many of
our residents. However, the trains are not small trolleys like San Francisco or
New Orleans which could operate in much the same manner as a bus. Instead the
trains will be 200 to 400 feet long and will wipe out the parking on both sides
of the street on which they are routed. In an area that already has problems
with parking for residents, compounded by students from the University of
Louisville who dominate the on street parking all day long, can you seriously
imagine removing several hundred parking spaces through the heart of the
No neighborhood is free of
NIMBYíism, but before you use that term, you should look at things from this
side. This light rail system is designed to move a lot of people over a
significant distance, not the mile or two we need to travel; it is damaging to
the property values of the historic district; it will not stop in the
neighborhood and, therefore, will not benefit our children, aged or disabled;
and the proposals where it did stop wiped out a significant amount of badly
needed parking. Mark, I am in 100% agreement with your remarks about the
benefits of light rail, and I will gladly support any system that will benefit
us. I just can not find any benefit at all to Old Louisville in this latest
Old Louisville Resident
Letter to the Editor:
Ok, I know this must be a problem that many people have already addressed. Now
remember that I am new in town and I am sure this must be the first reaction
other people have, but I am totally disgusted with the enormous amount of litter
in the Old Louisville Area. I try to imagine the faces of people coming off of
65 into Old Louisville and think, "oh my gosh...where are we at...the
ghetto..? " The three worst areas are the three most important.
#1. St. Catherine St. (The
main street into Old Louisville)
#2. Oak St. (the main street out of Old Louisville)
#3. Floyd St. (the main street to 65 north)
These streets yesterday
were terrible and they will stay that way for days. There must be something that
can be done. If everyone e-mailed Citycall or picked up a phone and complained,
someone might listen. They must come in numbers..One or two calls wonít make
any difference. If I was a tourist I would be very hesitant to refer or come
back to Old Louisville if this was my first impression. If we want to build up
tourism in this area we must tackle these very fixable issues. I know my tax
bill is hefty and I would think keeping trash off the streets would be a part of
it. Any ideas?
1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor
Wedding Bells for
Debra Richards and Charles Cash
and Debra Richards exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony at the Samuel Culbertson
Mansion on Third Street on October 26, 2003. Rabbi Gayla Rooks presided at the
double ring ceremony. A champagne reception followed at 610 Magnolia.
Charles Cash is the Director of
Metro Louisville Planning and Design Services. Debra Richards is Historic
Preservation Specialist with the Metro Louisville Department of Inspections,
Permits, and Licenses,
After a wedding trip to New
Orleans, the newlyweds are at home in Crescent Hill. A long time resident and
advocate of Old Louisville, Debra admits it is difficult to leave the
Holiday House Tours Past
Looking back on the last
twenty years or so of Holiday House Tours brings to mind years of fun,
near-disaster, multiple planning sessions, and constant last minute adjustments.
One of the best feelings recalled is the one on Sunday evenings when the vans
are returned, the houses have been cleared, and the volunteers are able to relax
and chalk up yet another successful tour.
A great resource for an
overview of tours past is Paula Grover. For the last decade Paula has been the
liaison of the House Tour Committee to the homeowners on the tour. It was Paula
who inspected the houses, laid out the tour route inside the house, and
generally smoothed the rough edges for the homeowners in preparation for the
onslaught of volunteers and tour patrons. Although Paula and her family have
recently moved to Anchorage, she was glad to provide some details about events
of some of the tours she helped coordinate.
The House Tour Committee
and its planning is always an integral part of getting each yearís tour off to
a good start. This yearís tour committee began coming together in late spring
for planning sessions. In prior years, although the meetings might not have
started as soon, planning was always very important. The ongoing participation
of committee members like Zane Lockhart, Jim Trousdale, Madonna Wilson, and
Paula was very important in giving the tour an institutional memory as we
brought on board new members of the committee. Zane is still on board telling us
how many vans we need, drawing up the van route, and getting the walkie-talkies
into service. Madonna continues to direct the Holiday Boutique.
Weather can also make or
break a tour. Some of the tours were held on weekends when the temperatures were
more like July than December which makes for some real droopy red velvet. Some
weekends there were deluges of rain when umbrellas were really at a premium. And
then there would be the occasional snowfall, which made things really pretty but
also pretty slippery and the snow shovels came in handy. No one is more
conscious of the weather forecast than the chair of the house tour in the last
week of November.
Pinning down houses for
the tour can be a real headache. What sounds like a delightful December weekend
to a homeowner considering the tour back in July can turn into a real panic
attack in November. Paula could recall a homeowner backing out and trying to
come up with a substitute house at the last minute, post-brochure printing.
Another year a homeowner said that it had been agreed that their home would be
on the tour but the tour committee was not aware of it and the house was added
on at the last minute. Itís always feast or famine!
One of the most difficult
tasks has always been coordinating volunteers: getting knowledgeable house
managers, shifts changed smoothly, and keeping all the house sites well staffed.
No tour would be possible without the participation of our many annual
volunteers from the neighborhoods, community groups, as well as the local high
schools and universities.
Being prepared for the
unanticipated developments is almost impossible. Just when you think youíve
seen it all the unexpected will arise. One year it was wet leaves as a trip
hazard on the side street. Another it was insufficient backyard lighting at a
houseís exit. On one tour while many praised the fact that we had a number of
students from local schools as musicians there were some who complained that
proud parents were taking too many photos of their musician children and holding
up the lines.
Last year was the first
time the tour located its headquarters to Treyton Oaks. The tour did very well
from this center and residents of Treyton Oaks, some of whom were not able to
negotiate the tour itself, were able to Christmas shop at the Holiday Boutique.
We will have the command center for the 2003 Holiday House Tour at Treyton Oaks
again this year.
Joan Stewart, this yearís
Holiday House Tour Chair, and the rest of the committee invite everyone to take
part in the 2003 tour: The Mansions on Third Street. Hope to see you there on
December sixth and seventh this year.
Peggy Cummins, Secretary
Holiday House Tour Committee
Fair daffodils, we weep to see You haste away so
As yet the early-rising sun Has not attained his noon.
bulbs" will be be the topic at the next Old Louisville Gardeners meeting to
be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 7pm in the Old Louisville Information Center
in Central Park. Tim Sunkel of Buntonís Seed Company will teach us all about
"Forcing bulbs, the parts of bulbs, planting, caring and fertilizing
bulbs for a spectacular Spring show". Buntonís Seed Company
(in business since 1924 and still family operated) is located at 939 East
Jefferson St. and has the most awesome selection of bulbs that I have ever seen!
Just tell them you are part of the OLD LOUISVLLE GARDENERS and receive a 10%
At our October meeting we
were pleased to have Peggy Thieneman speak on Perennials. It was extremely
interesting. We welcomed some new gardeners and had a lively discussion. Peggy
is with Thienemanís Greenhouses at 9120 Bowling Tree Road.
The Old Louisville
Gardeners group is open to everyone and is free. We donít read minutes, use a
gavel or vote on anything - we just want to learn about gardening in the
Louisville area. We donít care if you have a green thumb or not-come and join
Thanks to all of you that
helped make the Old Louisville area so beautiful for the St. James Court Art
Show - even the alleys! We have a wonderful community.
Missy Murphy 502-637-3456
YaYa Sisters Toast
St. James with a High Tea
A strange and wondrous
sight greeted passersby on South Sixth Street across from Central Park on the
Saturday of the St. James Court Art Show. Seven elegant women wearing vintage
clothing complete with hats and white gloves were sipping tea and wine around a
lace-clothed table adorned by a sterling silver tea service.
It was none other than the
YaYa sisters, graduates of Decatur High School in Decatur, Indiana, and
life-long friends who periodically get together for special events and surprise
This time they had
gathered at the home of Missy Murphy to celebrate fall and enjoy the Art Show.
Missy had instructed them to bring vintage dresses but didnít tell them why.
She borrowed hats from the collection of Old Louisville resident, Gail Warren,
supplied her friends with white gloves, and then surprised them with a high tea
in her garden. The result was a winsome tableau evoking the charm and grace of
an earlier era.
Went to a Garden Party.... From left to right: Cynthia
McCaskill, Durham, North Carolina; Mary Jane Darbro, Morgantown, Indiana; Rita
Dubois, Trafalger, Indiana; Colleen Goodell, Detroit; Gloria Harvey, Decatur
Indiana; Missy Murphy, Old Louisville; and Katy Gordon, Strongsville, Ohio
2003 St. James Court Art
High School Art Scholarship Competition
Seven high school seniors
received $6,500 in college scholarship awards at the St. James Court Art Show.
The scholarship competition was begun in 1973 to support students in visual arts
This yearís scholarship
winners are: Susanna Crum - $2,500 Ann Higbie Memorial Scholarship;
Becky Fenton - $1,500 St. James Court Association Scholarship; Kenneth
Lewis - $1,000 David Salyers Memorial Scholarship; Hannah Kandle -
$500 Fourth Street Association Scholarship; Caleb Sears and Alyson
Seiz - $300 St. James Court Art Show Scholarships; and Lauren Bricking
- $400 Betty Cory Watercolor Award.
Ms. Crum and Ms. Seiz are seniors at Ballard High School. The other five are
students at Du Pont Manual High School.
The annual St. James Court
Art Show Scholarship Competition is open to seniors from all high schools with
full-time art teachers in seven Louisville area counties. This year twenty-eight
students from eight
schools submitted art
portfolios. Portfolios were reviewed by a jury of regional art educators. The
studentsí artwork was displayed during the Art Show.
For additional information
about the scholarship competition please contact Art Show Director Susan Coleman
at 502-635-1842 or scholarship coordinator Norm Nezelkewicz at 812-282-1470.
Pick Mine, Please!
With Joan Stewart, Vice
Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, holding the bowl containing
the entry blanks on high, Greg Keller, Southwest Airlines representative, drew
the 12 lucky winners of roundtrip tickets for two on Southwest Airlines. The
drawing on the Sunday of this yearís St. James Court Art Show was sponsored by
Southwest Airlines, the St. James Court Art Show Consortium, and the Old
Louisville Inofrmation Ceneter.
JoEtta Miller, Brent Kleier, Dave DeFoe, Rose Nett, Ashley Brooks Hoffman, Ced
Denny, Wendi Grant, Sheila and Larry Thomas, Pat Brierly, Linda Speed, Beth
Denham, and Larry Ambers
The 1883 Southern Exposition
By Kathryn Anne Bratcher
The Filson Historical Society
A letter to the Louisville
Courier-Journal in July 1880 suggested the idea of having a grand cotton
exposition in Louisville. Louisville had held smaller expositions since the
mid-1850s, and the hope for this large-scale exhibition was to show the South
and the world that Louisville was ready to claim her place in the trade market.
The Louisville Board of Trade quickly appointed a committee of 12 prominent
civic leaders to investigate the idea. Atlanta moved faster, however, and
announced its readiness for a cotton exposition in late 1880.
A second committee was appointed in
October 1882. Major J. M. Wright, superintendent of the Louisville Board of
Trade, was in charge of management and fundraising. Stock subscriptions were set
up at $25 per share. From late November 1882 to January 1, 1883, over $221,000
was subscribed. Although short of the hoped-for $300,000, the planning and
building of the Exposition proceeded. The site selected for the grounds included
land from Weissinger Avenue (now Park Avenue) to Hill Street, between Fourth and
Sixth streets, encompassing the existing Central Park.
The Southern Exposition opened on
August 1, 1883. Thousands of people crowded the streets as President Chester A.
Arthur pulled a silken cord, setting the machinery in motion. Admission was 50
cents for adults and 25 cents for children under twelve, with a 25-cent
admission for all on Saturdays. A total of 770,048 people attended the
Exposition in the first 88 days. Originally planned to be open for 100 days, the
popularity of the Southern Exposition allowed it to remain open for several
years until it ended in 1887.
The Expositionís main building
was a large two-story wooden and glass structure designed by McDonald Brothers
and Curtin that covered approximately 12 acres. Maps and drawings show four
interior courts with fountains that would have provided light and ventilation
within the building. A variety of exhibits were featured around the perimeter of
the building. A branch post office, barbershop, boot-blacking stand and
restaurants were available to visitors of the main building.
In addition to the main building,
the Exposition featured a variety of curiosities for visitors to explore. A
large carriage house displayed vehicles of all kinds. A lumber mill annex
demonstrated modern milling techniques. A large art gallery built in Central
Park held masterpieces from many famous international collections. The park also
hosted several refreshment stands, a shooting gallery and a music stand.
Visitors were treated to concerts, lectures, theatrical performances and weekly
fireworks displays. The headquarters for the department of police and fire
protection, organized to ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors, was also
located in Central Park. A police substation exists there today.
The Expositionís agricultural
department presented a working farm and horticultural garden of about three
acres, featuring crops of cotton, tobacco, maize, hemp, flax, peanuts, corn and
castor oil plants. This department also identified the trees in Central Park
The use of electricity made the
Southern Exposition the first successful nighttime exposition in the country.
The exhibition grounds, main building and art gallery were illuminated by
recently introduced electric lights. Forty-six hundred lamps, made by the Edison
Company for Isolated Lighting of New York, lit the main building. The courts and
parks were illuminated by arclights created by the Jenny Company of Fort Wayne,
Indiana. Electric lighting allowed for late afternoon and evening entertainment
with the evening highlight being the illumination of the lights as the sun set.
The Southern Exposition marked the
beginning of a new industrial era for Louisville and other cities of the South.
As stated by a Courier-Journal writer the day after the Exposition opened,
"We know now that whatever is worth doing Louisville can do, and when she
undertakes it, the end will be entirely satisfactory."
The Filson Historical Society is
fortunate to have several rare artifacts and items from the Southern Exposition
in its collections. The Filsonís carriage house museum on Third Street
displays some of these items.
Article from "The
Filson" magazine, vol. 4, no.1, courtesy of The Filson Historical Society.
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