Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 27, Issue 4
Dedication Ceremony for
Scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Louisville Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) invites
everyone to the opening of the Visitor Center at 218 West Oak
Street. The Center’s primary purpose is to promote tourism in
Old Louisville by providing information and literature on the
historical and architectural heritage of the neighborhood and to
facilitate tours, including audio walking tours. Business hours
are planned from 9am to 5pm, Mondays through Saturdays. A
combination of paid staff and volunteers will run the Center.
The OLCDC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed to
promote business in Old Louisville through services and
fundraising. The board of directors is headed by Nick Sachs and
includes Gary Kleier, Alan Bird, Ken Plotnik, Herb Warren, Nancy
Woodcock and Don Driskell.
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce is working closely with
the OLCDC to promote tourism. Its tourism committee, headed by
Ed Turley, is working on several projects: branding Old
Louisville, raising Metro-Louisville’s Convention and Visitors
Bureau awareness of the neighborhood as an historic tourist
attraction, attracting a local bus tour business, developing a
brochure touting area attractions, lodging and restaurants, and
securing new signage on area interstates. (see related article
on page 2)
The Chamber will have offices in the Center, along with the
OLCDC, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the CoAlliance of
Business Associations and TourLouisvlle.com.
For information on the Center and its dedication, call
Historic Preservation Tax Credits Are Part Of
Tax Reform Law
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a tax reform
bill on March 18, 2005, which includes historic preservation tax
credits for the restoration of qualified residential and commercial
structures listed on the National Registry of Historic Places or
located in an historic neighborhood such as Old Louisville.
The total credit available is capped at $3 million annually, and the
maximum credit allowed on behalf of each owner-occupied property is
$60,000. The maximum credit that may be taken is 30% of costs for
owner-occupied property and 20% of costs for all other property.
The credits will be given for substantial rehabilitation of a
certified historic structure. Substantial rehabilitation is defined
as rehabilitation for which the expenses, during a 24 month period
selected by the taxpayer, exceed $20,000 for an owner-occupied
An application for credit must be submitted to the Kentucky Heritage
Council within thirty days following the close of a calendar year.
The council shall determine the amount of credit approved for each
taxpayer and notify the taxpayer and the Revenue Cabinet of the
approved credit amount.
The tax bill will go into effect on or about June 20, 2005. The
exact date will be decided on by the Attorney General. It will be
effective for all tax years on or after January 1, 2005.
For further information, access the bill at
http://lrc.ky.gov/record/05rs/HB272.htm. Read Section 150
and Section 151, pages 306 through 311.
Mail Order Homes…
Charles Scudder Donates Books to OLIC
The Old Louisville Information Center thanks Charles Scudder
for his donation of three books on Victorian architecture.
The books, Victorian Architecture, Two Pattern Books by A.J. Bicknell and W. T.
Comstock; Victorian Architectural Details, Two Pattern Books by Marcus Fayette
Cummings, and Charles Crosby Miller; and The Palliser’s Late Victorian
Architecture are reprints and facsimiles of books originally published in the
late nineteenth century. The books feature Victorian architectural details,
patterns, and floor plans.
The Palliser book was originally published to raise the level of popular taste
and understanding of design and to create a method which would provide
architectural services to anyone, regardless of means. Through these
inexpensive, illustrated paperbacks, clients could select a design scheme and,
for a fee, could submit information by mail about their lot size, lot
orientation, and budget. In return the clients would receive sketches and
ultimately a complete set of plans, details and specifications for use by a
local builder. Thousands of buildings throughout the United States were designed
and built in this manner. Numerous architects adopted the Palliser method of
All three books provide a fascinating historical view of the architecture of the
time and the ways in which it was promulgated, popularized and standardized. The
books are available for perusal at the Old Louisville Information.
Visitor Center to Offer iPod Tours
In an ongoing effort to promote cultural tourism in
Old Louisville, Alan Bird, President of the Old Louisville Chamber
of Commerce, has announced that the newly-opened Visitor Center at
218 West Oak Street will offer walking and driving tours on iPod to
tourists. Visitors will be able to rent/purchase iPods with
informational, self-guided tours about the interesting architecture,
colorful history and local legends associated with Old Louisville.
Bird has also acquired a 13-seat tour bus that will allow the center
to offer guided tours of the neighborhood to smaller groups. The
richly detailed tours, complete with sound effects and music, will
focus on the “Mansions of Millionaire’s Row”, “Highlights of Old
Louisville”, “Secrets of America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood”
and “Architectural Secrets of America’s Victorian Gem” among others.
Local writer David Domine will be scripting the tours, and Old
Louisville actors Ron and Jane Harris will be recording the tours.
If you have interesting information about your house or neighborhood
that might be of interest to tourists in the area, and would like to
be considered for inclusion on upcoming tours, please contact David
Domine:firstname.lastname@example.org or Alan Bird at email@example.com.
Well, sort of… The Parking Authority of River City, Inc. (PARC) has
introduced the SmartCard, a prepaid card for use in the new parking
meters being installed downtown and throughout the city. Motorists
will no longer have to guess how much money to put in a parking
meter. Simply insert the card and select the time in 20 minute
intervals. If any time remains on the meter when leaving, reinsert
the card and the remaining money will be refunded back to the
SmartCard for later usage.
SmartCards can be purchased at PARC, 517 South Fourth Street. Call
502-634-3817 for further information.
Welcome Home, Chuck
Chuck Anderson, Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Chair, arrived
back in Louisville on March 23, 2005, following surgery and
hospitalization in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to complications from a
ruptured appendix. Chuck and his wife, Sheela, were on a
business-vacation trip when the illness occurred.
Chuck is recuperating at his home on Third Street.
Abramson Outlines Phone Book
Mayor Jerry Abramson urges Louisville residents
and businesses to recycle their old phone books by taking advantage
of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville
All directories deposited will be recycled into mulch, roofing
materials, newsprint, egg cartons and other products including new
telephone directories. In 2004, more than 97 tons of old phone books
were recycled in the Louisville area - about the weight of 18 adult
“Recycling is an easy and effective step that all of us can take in
reducing litter, and keeping our community clean,” Abramson said.
“If businesses and residents had not taken the initiative to recycle
last year, those 97 tons of phone books would have ended up in our
Abramson said there are several options for recycling old phone
books. Old Louisville residents can place their old phone books in
their curbside recycling bins or take them to Engine Co. #16 at 1500
South Sixth Street.
To accommodate multiple copies, large recycling containers will be
located at two sites: the parking lot of the Plainview Kroger, 9812
Linn Station Road, and the Metro Government parking lot located
downtown at Jefferson and Liberty at Eighth and Ninth streets.
Businesses with 25 or more phone books to recycle are urged to use
these large containers, which will remain in place through May 1.
Residents and businesses with fewer than 25 copies can use one of
Louisville Metro’s five staffed recycling centers, which are open
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m: Public Works - 595 Hubbards Lane;
Southwest Government Center - 7219 Dixie Highway; Police Office -
9300 Whipps Mill Road; Central Government Center - 7201 Outer Loop;
and Police Office - 10620 West Manslick Road.
Sponsors of the phone book recycling program include Kroger,
Louisville Metro Government, Inland Service Corp., Waste Management
of Kentucky, Inc., and BellSouth “The Real White Pages.”
For further information, call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.
April Events at the UofL
School of Music
Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Brass Chamber Music. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free.
Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Ensemble II. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.
Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Kentucky Center Chamber Players. Founded in 1982, the Kentucky
Center Chamber Players perform in cooperation with the
University of Louisville School of Music. The ensemble features
faculty members Peter McHugh (violin), Kathleen Karr (flute),
Dallas Tidwell (clarinet), Timothy Zavadil (clarinet), Bruce
Heim (horn), and Matthew Karr bassoon). Margaret Comstock
Concert Hall. Free.
Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
University Early Music Ensemble. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.
Monday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m.
University Symphonic Band and Chorus. Margaret Comstock Concert
Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Ensemble I. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.
Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Contemporary Polish Piano Music. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall.
Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
University Saxophone Studio Recital. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall.
Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Russell Hirshfeld, piano. Guest Recital. An active chamber
pianist, Hirshfield has performed a wide repertory of works in
recital around The United States and in South Africa. Dr.
Hirshfield is Assistant Professor of Piano at Western
Connecticut State University. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.
Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.
University New Music Ensemble. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.
Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Cardinal Singers and University Chorale. Margaret Comstock
Concert Hall. Free.
Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Day of Percussion concert. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free.
Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Society of Louisville presents the American
Chamber Players. Their program will open with the Mozart Oboe
Quartet and conclude with the Schumann Piano Quartet. Between
will be works by Damase, Duruflé and Foote in trios each of
varied instrumentation. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free
pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m. in Malcolm Bird Recital Hall.
Call 502-852-6907 for tickets ($25 general admission, $5 for
Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
University Wind Symphony and Orchestra. Featuring Grammy-winning
professor Brett Shuster, trombone soloist. Margaret Comstock
Concert Hall. Free.
Monday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m.
University Concert and Community Bands. Margaret Comstock
Concert Hall. Free.
Monday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m.
University String Chamber Ensembles. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall.
Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
University Jazz Combos. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall. Free.
Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m.
University Classical Guitar Ensemble. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall.
Sunday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m.
The Louisville Orchestra with guest artists The Ahn Trio and
guest conductor Gisèle Ben-Dor. This high-energy trio of sisters
brings an imaginative, breathtaking virtuosity back to
Louisville. Program highlights include Blue Cathedral by
Jennifer Higdon, Kenji Bunch’s Hardware Concerto for piano trio
and orchestra, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Margaret
Comstock Concert Hall. Tickets are $35; $10 tickets are
available for students 20 minutes before curtain. Free
pre-concert lecture in Malcolm Bird Recital Hall at 2:00 p.m.
Call (502) 587-8681 for more information.
Tuesday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Harry Pickens Trio, jazz. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free.
Old Louisville Is About To
Derby and Mother’s Day are just around the
corner. The Second Street Neighborhood Association (SSNA) will
help you get ready when you purchase flowers at its 18th Annual
Springtime Annual Bedding Sale on Saturday, April 30.
Shade-loving impatiens in white and 5 vibrant colors as well as
other bedding plants from ageratum to zinnias will be available.
The Wave is back this year in misty lilac, pink, and purple.
Hanging baskets of double impatiens, wax begonias with vinca
vines, or Boston ferns will be on sale along with sweet potato
vines and geraniums in 4-inch pots.
Obtain a $2 per flat discount on standard flats when you order
at least 5 standard flats.
Perennials from SSNA gardens will be on sale at bargain prices.
Anyone wishing to donate perennials contact Jo Ann Lockhart at
firstname.lastname@example.org . Jo Ann also can help you
with special requests not on the order form.
Pick up is Saturday, April 30 behind 127 W. Ormsby Street. A
Friday afternoon pick up can be arranged by calling Jo Ann.
Purchases help beautify Old Louisville, and all profits go back
into improving the neighborhood.
Click here for the ORDER FORM.
Print, then save the top, and mail the bottom with your check to
SSNA by April 22.
Wellspring Hosts Derby Preview
Wellspring will host the seventh annual
Derby Preview Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central
Avenue, on Thursday, April 28, 2005, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This event will benefit Wellspring’s rehabilitative services and
staff-supported housing programs for persons with severe and
persistent mental illness. Wellspring operates 21 facilities
throughout Jefferson and Shelby counties, of which three
programs are in Old Louisville along with the administrative
Kentucky horse breeders and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey will
serve as the honorary hosts. They recently were awarded top
honors from the horse racing industry in receiving the Eclipse
Award as Champion Owners and Male Turf Champion for their horse
– Kitten’s Joy.
The event will feature food, drinks, silent and live auction of
horse racing memorabilia, and a Derby-themed program. John
Asher, Churchill Downs Vice President for Racing Communications,
will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Sportswriter and author Bill
Doolittle will share his perspective on the contenders for the
upcoming Derby and tips for making the best wagers.
Benefactor tickets for this event are $100 per person for
reserved seating on the main floor. Patron tickets are $75 per
person for open seating on the second floor level. Tickets can
be purchased by calling (502) 637-4361, ext. 12, or via e-mail
at email@example.com. More information available via
the web site,
Collegiate Honors Jane
La Pin as Distinguished Alumna
La Pin received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the
Louisville Collegiate School at a ceremony and luncheon at the
school on March 19, 2005.
Jane, a member of the class of 1938, has been a lifelong
activist, focusing on urban issues and working to eliminate
discrimination in the community. She continues her activities to
this day, serving in her seventh year as a board member of the
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council representing Treyton Oak
Towers. Jane fell and broke her hip last fall; she also had her
gall bladder removed. Jane reports that she is on the mend and
is determined to resume her walks through the neighborhood as
soon as possible.
Jane credits the League of Women Voters for encouraging her
activism. After graduation from collegiate, Jane met 1940s
League President, Mrs. Rudy Vogt. “She set a wonderful example.
She was a mother, community leader, and activist. She was in
charge of the organization that really caught my attention and
where I leaned most of what I know about government and
politics,” said Jane. As President of the Louisville League in
1957, Jane was invited to the White House Rose Garden where
President Dwight Eisenhower addressed her and other League
Jane graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, in 1942 with an English degree. She entered the military
as a member of the Women’s Army Corps, which provided staff
support to the Air Force. She was a military recruiter in New
York City and a personnel administrator in Virginia and Madison,
Wisconsin, where she met her husband, Ted L. La Pin, who was
also in the military. Her husband passed away in 1989.
Jane and Ted settled in Appleton, Wisconsin. The couple had
three children, Deirdre, John, and Frank. Jane worked as an
English teacher and guidance counselor and received a master’s
degree in guidance and counseling from the University of
Upon moving back to Louisville in 1979, Jane joined the
Louisville Housing Authority, the Louisville and Jefferson
County Human Relations Commission and the Louisville Community
Design Center Board (LCDC).
Jack Trawick, Executive Director of LCDC, introduced Jane at the
ceremony. He praised her work with the organization’s
Neighborhood Institute, which is a leadership program within
LCDC that helps neighborhood leaders and organizations to build
strong neighborhoods. Jane has known Jack for all of his life;
she worked with his mother in the League of Women Voters before
he was born. Speaking of the League in those years, Jack says,
“They were a powerful, smart civic group of women.” He notes
that Jane and the League were proponents of city/county merger
Jack continued, “Through individuals like Jane, ideas are born.
Jane is an example of the type of person who has vision,
patience and the tenacity to bring about significant change. She
reminds us of a time we should all long for when people were
involved and disagreed for a reason and not for style. She
worked with all political parties in order to promote civic
Historian to Discuss Story of
Two German Immigrant Soldiers in the Civil War
Author and local
historian Joseph Reinhart will discuss his book, “Two Germans in
the Civil War: The Diary of John Dauble and the Letters of
Gottfried Rentschler, 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry” at The
Filson Historical Society on Friday, April 8, at noon.
Reinhart’s book provides a look into the life of the average
soldier in the western theatre and also highlights the
differences between German-American and Anglo-American soldiers
who fought in the Civil War.
Dauble and Rentschler, who joined the 6th Kentucky in
Louisville, describe their experiences
from the perspective of “Dutch” soldiers as well as chronicle
the military actions of their regiment. Sergeant Dauble’s diary
and Private Rentschler’s letters cover the battles around
Chattanooga, four months of campaigning in East Tennessee, and
the Atlanta campaign.
More than one third of the soldiers in the 6th Kentucky
Volunteer Infantry came from Germany.
Although around 200,000 German immigrants served in the Union
army, stereotypes abounded as to their lack of patriotism and
courage. Originally written in German, Dauble’s diary and
Rentschler’s letters help to counter these stereotypes. These
documents are important additions to the Civil War literature
because they help fill voids created by an almost complete lack
of published sources from Kentucky’s Union soldiers and by the
shortage of primary materials about German immigrants who fought
in the war.
Joseph Reinhart is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He is the
author of several books and is editor and translator of the
forthcoming work entitled “August Willich’s Gallant Dutchmen:
Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry.”
Reinhart’s book will be available for purchase following his
talk. The lecture is free and open to
the public. Reservations are requested. Call The Filson at (502)
635-5083 for reservations and more information.
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
Presents Antiques Lecture
Some questions seem
to come up repeatedly in the world of collecting antiques. How
old is old enough to be an antique? What is considered a
collectible? How can I find values for my collectibles? How can
I tell if a piece is a reproduction?
Answers to these questions will be provided by Kenneth Hays in
his lecture entitled “American
Decorative Arts and Furniture: Colonial to Victorian” on Sunday,
April 17, 2005, at 2:00pm in Haskins Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell
House Museum, 1402 St. James Court. Admission is free for museum
members. For non-members the fee is $8.00 in advance and $10.00
at the door. Refreshments will be served.
Kenneth Hays is president of Hays and Associates, an antique and
appraisal company that has conducted antique auctions for over
thirty years. The firm specializes in period furniture, silver,
porcelain, antique dolls and toys, automated musical
instruments, and objects d’art. Hays is Accredited Senior
Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers and past
president of the Kentucky chapter of the society. He has served
as an appraiser for the PBS series ”Antiques Roadshow.”
Museum members are asked to call for reservations, as seating
will be limited. Non-members should mail checks to the
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; the zip code is 40208.
For more information, call 502-636-5023 or e-mail
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