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Library district
"Central Residence Section Showing City
Library and Office Buildings
in Background
Louisville, Ky., 1937 Flood" 

This view shows the area roughly between First and Fifth Street (left), from Chestnut (Background) to just below York Street.  The Louisville Free Public Library is seen in the center of the view, wit Broadway just beyond.

The library suffered major losses to its collections, especially its museum collections which were housed it its basement.

Besides the inundation with water, present neighborhood residents will appreciate a look at the area long before Urban Renewal "improved" it.  These blocks were still heavily residential, lined with fine Victorian homes, most of which survived until at least the 1960s.  A few of the old mansions can still be seen even along Broadway.  About a third of the structures seen here still survive, mainly along 4th Street, as well as the library itself.  In other areas large tracts of parking lots are now the norm, dotted with fairly insignificant modern commercial structures.

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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  
     Churches
     Hotels  
     Schools  
     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   
      Churches 
     
     Without extended descriptions:
      
     Fourth Street   
     The Armory  
     Hotels         
     The Old Post Office and Customs House    
     City Parks   
     Cemeteries   
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