Post Card Greetings
from Old Louisville
(Vintage Post Cards from Old Louisville)
The 17 acre estate with
its 1869-70 mansion originally belonged to the prominent flamboyant Presbyterian
Reverend Stuart Robinson. In the autumn of 1871,
he sold it to Alfred Victor DuPont, a bachelor who never moved in. Instead,
Alfred's brother, Bidermann DuPont, took residence with his wife and his large
Long before the city
purchased the estate in 1904 and commissioned the famous landscape architect
Frederick Law Olmstead, the designer of New York's Central Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington,
D.C. and the Biltmore Estate, to lay out the new
park design, the DuPonts opened the estate as a park (a money-making
venture), and lived among all the
activity, which included balloon ascensions, fireworks and concerts. Indeed, during
the Southern Exposition of 1883-1887, the entire grounds were open to the
public. Thomas Edison himself threw the switch for
the electric lighting (4600 lights, more than existed at that time in New York
City) as well as the premier of the electric trolley, which circled the park and
even passed through an artificial lighted tunnel during the four year exhibit.
The DuPonts also owned
(purchased) the Central Passenger Railroad which ran the trolley system on 4th
Avenue, and extended the lines from Oak
south to Magnolia in order to bring people to the lucrative park lands. (And
thus even the name of the park, after the Central rail line, not it's central
The DuPont residence was
demolished soon after the Louisville Parks Board purchased Central Park.
In its place, a pavilion and colonnade were constructed.
When looking at these
pictures, it is interesting to see the young park with its original lighting and
walks and manicured lawns. Yet it is the people that really make them
interesting. The dress of the day make them truly delightful to look at.
Unlike our casual-comfortable era, where people almost detract from the scenery,
in Victorian Old Louisville, the people are as pretty as flowers in a
garden. You'll see this especially in the photo enlargements, if you have
the patience to wait for the downloads.
"A Beauty Spot in Central Park"
Post card mailed 1914
"Central Park, Louisville KY"
Post card mailed 1909
in Central Park"
Roadway in Central
Post card mailed 1911
"Central Park, Louisville KY"
Post card mailed 1917
"Winter Scene, 4th Avenue and Central Park,
Post card mailed in 1910
"View in Central Park,
Post Card mailed in 1914
"Pagoda in Central Park,
Post Card mailed in 1907
"Children's Playgrounds and Wading Pool,
Post card mailed in 1928
"Colonnade in Central Park"
Post Card mailed in 1909
" Central Park, Louisville, Ky."
"Colonnade Walk in Central Park"
Post Card mailed in 1908
Postcard Views of Louisville
rest of the city)
Downs and the Kentucky Derby
The Old Court
East to West along Broadway
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The Old Post
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Louisville National Historic District
Old Louisville Business Directory,
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Court, St. James Art Show,
Louisville Places, Our Lost Landmarks,
Old Louisville, the Way it Was,
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