Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 26, Issue 12
Old Louisville is True Blue
Kentucky may be Republican red, but Old
Louisville is definitely Democratic blue.
George Bush carried Kentucky 60% to 40%; Metro
Louisville voted for John Kerry 50% to 49%; John Kerry carried
Old Louisville 79% to 18.9%.
Election results for other races in the
precincts that make up the Old Louisville also reflected the
longtime strongly Democratic nature of the neighborhood.
Incumbent Republican Senator Jim Bunning won the
State of Kentucky 51% to 49% over Democratic challenger, Daniel
Mongiardo. Metro Louisville voted for Mongiardo over Bunning 60%
to 40%. In Old Louisville, Mongiardo won 83.2% to 16.8%.
Anne Northup won the Third Congressional
District race 60% to 38% over Democratic challenger, Tony
Miller. Old Louisville gave 61.9% of its vote to Miller, 33.8%
65.9% of Old Louisville voters rejected the
amendment to the Kentucky Constitution which bans gay marriages;
Metro Louisville approved it 60% to 40%. Statewide approval was
75% to 25%.
For a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the vote
for these and other races, access
OLNC/OLIC Elections on December
Elections for Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council and Information Center officers and Information Center Board
members for 2005 will take place on Thursday, December 16, 2004, at
7pm in the Old Louisville Information Center.
Candidates will be introduced prior to the election.
Holiday refreshments will be served after the election.
Members in all of Old Louisville’s 13 neighborhood associations as
well as those with individual memberships in the Neighborhood
Council are eligible to vote.
Nominees for Old
Louisville Neighborhood Council and Information Center Officers are:
Chair: Chuck Anderson
Vice Chair: Ken Herndon
Secretary: Jan Morris
Treasurer: Rhonda Williams
Nominees for the five
Old Louisville Information Center Board member positions are:
The nominees were presented at the
November OLIC and OLNC Board meetings by Nominating Committee Chair,
Mary Martin. Other committee members included Chuck Anderson, Jackie
Brown, Peggy Cummins, Zane Lockhart, and Dot Wade. No additional
nominations were offered from the floor.
December Chair Notes:
Central Park Centennial Draws to a Close
The Old Louisville Holiday House Tour featuring the mansions
surrounding Central Park earlier this month marked the last event in
the year-long celebration of the Central Park Centennial.
It all started back on April 10, with the annual Central Park
Improvement and Clean-up session to spruce up the park for its
The celebratory kick-off was a wine and cheese reception at the
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum on Friday, June 4, followed by a
neighborhood-wide picnic in the park on June 5, and an ice cream
social and a double First Sunday Concert on June 6. Centennial
t-shirts sold like hotcakes. Commemorative pins and posters were
also available. A Centennial Tennis Tournament ran June 2-6. The
weather cooperated beautifully that weekend: sunny, temperatures in
the 70s, and low humidity!
In July, the Second Street Association Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
featured gardens in homes surrounding or near the park.
In September, the winners in the Central Park Centennial Photography
contest were announced at a reception in the Information Center. The
exhibition, Central Park Centennial 1904-2004: 100 Year
Retrospective, opened in the Information Center with a gala
reception on September 28. In early December, the exhibit was moved
to the third floor of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum where it will
be on permanent display for visitors.
October saw the park graced by many of the horses from Gallopalooza
just in time for the Saint James Court Art Show. Visitors to the art
show and those attending the National Preservation Conference were
offered refreshments and hospitality in the Information Center. The
Rob Nickerson Jazz Ensemble and Phatt Labb brought the 2004 First
Sunday Concert series to an exhilarating end on art show weekend.
The neighborhood also celebrated the park’s future with the
formation of the Old Louisville Information Center Friends of
Central Park Committee. Thanks to many caring and generous friends
and neighbors throughout Metro Louisville, Friends was able to raise
$15,000 in less than a month last spring to match a similar sum from
the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to fund an update of the Central Park
master plan. The plan will be a blueprint for the restoration and
improvement of the park in its second century and will be the basis
for future fundraising projects. A meeting will be held in January
to discuss progress on the plan. Look for the date in the January
Old Louisville Journal.
Speaking of restoration, the law firm of Middleton Reutlinger
awarded Friends a gift of over $5,000.00 to purchase and plant
flowering wisteria along the park’s pergola. This will eventually
recreate the arched arbor of wisteria which covered the pergola in
the early 20th century. A planter at the end of the pergola also
received new plants of holly and hostas thanks to Middleton
Friends was also responsible for what many consider the most
successful and exciting evening in Old Louisville’s history, the
Centennial Dinners held at 18 homes and venues on October 16. The
elegant after-dinner champagne and dessert reception at the Filson
Historical Society capped an event which raised over $10,000 for the
As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the annual Old Louisville 5k
Run also celebrated the park’s centennial on November 20.
The year was quite a party. We did ourselves proud. Thank you
We Want for Christmas is an
The Old Louisville Information Center has a refrigerator on
its wish list. The table top version in use for many years
has always been too small to store ice, water, and soft
drinks used for Center meetings.
Contact the OLIC at 635-5244 if you have an old
refrigerator you are willing to donate. Donations to the
OLIC are tax deductible.
Gets a New Resource Officer
Officer Andrea Brown has been named the
Louisville Metro Police Fourth Division Resource Officer for
the Old Louisville neighborhood. She was introduced by
Lieutenant Michael Brandon at Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Property Improvement Committee meeting in November.
Tara Long, who held the position for 11
years, has been reassigned as the resource officer for the
southern portion of the Fourth Division.
Officer Brown, who previously served in the
former Third District, can be reached at 574-7010 or
Andrea.Brown@LMPD.Loukymetro.org. She would be
happy to speak to neighborhood groups about her duties and
Centennial Run Draws a Crowd
Over 170 runners and walkers showed up at the Old
Louisville Information Center on a cloudy, mild morning on Saturday,
November 20, 2004, for the 26th annual Old Louisville 5K Run through
Sponsored by the Cherokee Road Runners and the Old
Louisville Information Center, this year’s race also celebrated the
Central Park Centennial. Refreshments after the race included a big
Central Park birthday sheet cake and delicious dessert breads baked
and donated by Peggy Cummins, OLIC Board member.
The walk was something new this year, and although
only 15 people walked the course on St. James Court, Belgravia
Court, Sixth, Magnolia, and Fourth Streets, it will be scheduled for
next year with hopes of increasing the number of participants.
The commemorative t-shirt was designed by Old
Louisville resident, Tim Bottorff, and featured the park’s pergola.
It was so favorably received that the design will become the
permanent logo for the race, replacing the row house motif of past
No PIC or ZALU in
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement
Zoning and Land Use Committees
meet this month.
Happy holidays; see you in January
Restored to Former Glory
The Stuart Apartments are back!
An open house was held on Saturday, November 13,
2004, to celebrate the completion of a 10-month historic restoration
and renovation by baja works Development Corporation of the Stuart
Apartments on the northwest corner of Sixth and Oak Streets.
Neighbors’ reviews were overwhelmingly positive with
many noting the spaciousness and sunlight in the apartments.
After years of neglect, the imposing Tudor-style
structure has been remodeled into 20 units of 1-3 bedrooms. Several
of the units feature spiral staircases to second floor bedrooms; all
are equipped with stacked clothes washers and dryers, the latest
kitchen appliances and abundant closet space. First floor units
retain configurations which will allow conversion to retail space in
the future, if necessary.
Roberto and Roberto Joseph, father and son partners
in baja works, have restored several properties in Old Louisville.
They have big plans for the northeast corner of Sixth and Oak across
the street from the Stuart Apartments; in early 2005, they will
begin construction of a three-story building with commercial/office
space at street level and residences on the floors above. baja works
will relocate its offices to the new building.
Susan Coleman Resigns from the Art
Coleman has resigned her position as director of the Saint James
Court Art Show effective April 1, 2005, after serving for ten
years. No replacement has been named at this time.
Susan says that managing the art show made it
increasingly difficult to concentrate on her family and her
graphic design firm, Articulations. And with the show ranked the
best in the nation, it seemed a good time to pass the torch and
go out on top. Susan looks forward to being very active as one
of the two parent representatives on the site-based
decision-making council at her daughter’s elementary school.
Leander’s, a new restaurant at First and Oak Streets, will put
additional demands on her time.
St James has undergone significant and
successful changes during Susan’s tenure.
She implemented a jury process during her first
year as a more professional way of attracting better quality
exhibitors. The number of applications has increased by 25
percent each year since 1995.
The increased number of quality exhibitors has
resulted in improved rankings from all of the major art show
rating services. Sunshine Artist Magazine ranked the show number
one in the nation this year.
Susan was instrumental in obtaining a web page
for the show. With thousands of hits in the months prior to the
show, it has proven to be a successful, inexpensive advertising
and marketing tool.
The show is now in the process of converting to
an online application system. St James is partnering with nine
other shows to develop and fine tune this system. It uses
digital images instead of slides. An artist’s status is posted
online eliminating the need for acceptance or rejection letters.
Susan has been especially successful in securing
sponsorships for the show. Liquor Barn began a substantial
five-year sponsorship of the show this year. This enabled the
Art Show Consortium to make a very generous contribution to the
Old Louisville Information Center’s Friends of Central Park
Committee to help fund an update of the park’s master plan.
Sponsorships for artists’ awards and for the volunteer corps
attract more participation in the show.
As a design artist, Susan has donated her time
and expertise to design and implement a promotional piece for
the show, develop a new logo, and upgrade the show’s marketing
and public relations.
St. James Court Art Show School Day, a project
encouraged by Susan, seeks to inspire future artists and promote
arts programs in public schools. Two or three St. James artists
visit 10 elementary schools for a day. Art teachers subsequently
direct classroom projects in which students create works based
on techniques or ideas demonstrated that day. JCPS displays
these works at the art show.
Susan’s legacy is an event which is a major
economic and artistic force in the neighborhood and Metro
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