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Vintage Post Card Greetings from Louisville

City Hall around 1910
"City Hall, Louisville, Ky." 
ca. 1905 - 1910.

The bell tower is a (very) few years newer than the rest of the Louisville City Hall.  The original burned early.  The building is a blend of predominantly Italianate and French Second Empire architecture.  Close up, you can still see many fascinating ornaments and stone carvings relating to local industry and agriculture.

This view is taken from the Court House lawn.  Where now there are mature plantings, in this view you see a lawn with an early spring flower garden.  At the corner (of 6th and Jefferson), this view shows a cannon.  We have no information on its significance, but would like to know.  A statue of Louis XVI now occupies that spot.  Louis XVI lent the city his name.  The statue, by the Versailles court sculptor Valois, was a gift of Louisville's sister city, Montpellier.  

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Vintage Postcard Views of Louisville

Old Louisville 
     Second Street  
     Third Avenue  
     Fourth Avenue  
     St James Court  
     Central Park  
     The Confederate Monument  
     The 1937 Flood  

Louisville (the rest of the city)
     Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby  
     The Old Court House  
     City Hall
     East to West along Broadway 
     The Seelbach Hotel  
     Railroad Stations   
     Without extended descriptions:
     Fourth Street   
     The Armory  
     The Old Post Office and Customs House    
     City Parks   


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