The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation

Volume 24, Issue 2

February 2002

In this issue:
Chair Notes  Victorian Architecture Course  9th Street Update Central Park Update  
Hollies Along Fourth Street  Bridgehaven Update  Community Improvement Sessions
Operation Identification  Neighborhood Association Listing  Floyd & St. Catherine Update 
Parking Restrictions Removed  2-way Traffic Update Oak and St. Catherine Streets 
Closing Lee Street?  Old Louisville Business & Professional Association News 
Old Louisville On-Line  Street Cleaning and Junk Pickup Schedules  
Crane House - The Year of the Horse  Help Ministries Mardi Gras Party  
Marianne Lesher Leaving Information Center  Meetings Calendar

You Asked For It . . . Now Support It!



Oak Street Hardware
1661 S. Second



French Bakery & Café
1201 S. First

February Chair Notes:

Oak Street is in many ways the heart of Old Louisville. It is a main traffic artery and the business and commercial center of the neighborhood.

For too many years this heart has not beat as strongly as we might have wished. But things are changing: new retail shops and restaurants are springing up and groups like the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association (OLBPA) and the OLNC Property Improvement Committee have been working closely with city officials to increase the attractiveness of the corridor to businesses and residents.

Unrestricted parking has recently returned to Oak Street (and St. Catherine and Hill Streets too) and two-way traffic may not be far behind. This should make the area much more pedestrian friendly and a destination rather than a quick east-west pass-through.

The OLBPA is seeking city funds to upgrade the cityscape with landscaping, period lighting, signage, street furniture, trash receptacles, and a signature clock at the Fourth and Oak entryway to the district. The OLNC continues to urge the city’s approval of a new neighborhood plan that among other things encourages and facilitates continued commercial development in the area. Plans are also afoot to make Oak Street and Old Louisville a cultural and entertainment destination in conjunction with and complimentary to the new downtown Fourth Street entertainment district. Extending trolley service on a regular basis between the neighborhood and downtown hotels is one possibility.

Word is getting out about the changes; neighborhood conversations often include inquiries about how well things are going, especially for the new stores and restaurants.

This concern is well and good, but we need to realize that we are an integral part of the answer to those questions. Every time we eat a meal or get a cup of coffee or a drink at Ermin’s, The Corner Market, Third Avenue Café, Walnut Street Chili Parlor, The Rudyard Kipling, or Wangs and Thangs (love that name!), every time we purchase some nails, screws, or other hardware at Old Louisville Hardware or sundries and dry goods at other Oak Street establishments we are answering those questions in the affirmative.

There is no reason why Oak Street cannot become Old Louisville’s unique version of Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue. We are approaching the take-off point for that. Help make it happen with your patronage.

One last note: a new Cajun restaurant is about to open at 1157 South Second. See you there!

John Sistarenik


Victorian Architecture Experience: A Continuing Education Class offered at the Information Center

Learn more about the grand Victorian-style homes from a guest architect, a Landmarks representative, a member of Louisville Historical League, have a private tour of the magnificent Conrad/Caldwell House on St. James Court, and be treated to one of Tom Owens’ famous walks! The National Historic District of Old Louisville contains one of the largest and oldest collections of Victorian architecture in the country. Learn more about the history and preservation of the city’s “crown jewel of neighborhoods” in this fun class! Class meets at the Old Louisville Information Center, in Central Park starting on Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00 to 7:45PM, class fee is $69. To register, call JCPS Adult and Continuing Education at 485-3400.


Property Improvement Committee Report

Progress Report—Ninth Street Roadway.

If you have not made an on-site inspection of the Ninth Street Roadway construction progress recently, you need to do so. Prime points of observation are the intersection of 9th Street and Kentucky Street and from Nancy Leavell’s front yard (1142 So. 8th Street) at the intersection of 8th and Oak Streets.

During the last PIC Meeting on 15 November 2001, Kevin Bailey, Kentucky Department of Highways’ Resident Engineer, reported that due to very good weather since construction was initiated during early June 2001, that the completion date for the 9th Street Roadway had been changed from end 2003 to prior to Derby Day 2003.

The $24,000,000 project is well ahead of schedule.

Construction is progressing as follows:

  • Concrete roadways are in place from Kentucky Street south past St. Catherine Street.

  • Concrete bridge abutments and structural steel in place for the 9th Street roadway bridge over Oak Street.

  • 9th St. roadway bridge approach (over Oak Street) is under construction.

  • Storm sewer work continues.

  • Railroad bridge over Oak Street under construction—to be completed end of 2002.

Additional Items of note in regard to the 9th roadway are as follows:

Pedestrian walkways are to occur along both sides of the roadway.

The existing railroad bridge clearances along 7th Street at the south end of the 9th Street Roadway project to be increased to 14’O” (presently 13’4”). The proposed clearance exceeds 13’ 6” which is the interstate highway height for over the road trailer trucks.

Mache’ Readus-Wright, Senior Project Engineer, City of Louisville Department of Public Works and Kevin Bailey KDOH Resident Engineer presented reports regarding the 9th Street roadway construction to the PIC.

If you desire additional information and/or have questions, the PIC meeting is the time for such. (February 14, 7PM, OLIC.)

Central Park Issues Report.

Post Lighting Within Central Park.

John Fleming, Assistant Director, Louisville and Jefferson County Parks Department, reports that lights have been ordered and a contractor retained to install walkway lighting from 6th and Park to the Information Center (the Jean Crowe Walkway) and to complete walkway lighting from the Information Center to 4th and Magnolia Streets.

Central Park Master Plan Update.

A subcommittee of the PIC is presently being formed to pursue the above-mentioned update. Anyone interested in joining the subcommittee should make their interest known to Herb Fink.

John Fleming and others of the Parks staff are prepared to proceed with this important effort which will set the tone for future Central Park improvements.

Mayor Armstrong, Bridget Sullivan, Parks Director, John Fleming, and Bill Herron, City Public Works Director inspected and toured Central Park last fall.

Mayor Armstrong is fully aware of our needs in Central Park and has fully endorsed the master plan update effort.

Existing Walkway Light Posts Access Plates.

As many of us are aware, the access plates located in the bases of the existing new walkway light posts are been missing. The electrical access holes are presently covered with duct tape.

The 4th Street Neighborhood Association, Wayne Jenkins, President, donated approximately $500 to purchase new access plates.

John Fleming, Assistant Parks Director, has agreed to judiciously remove the existing duct tape and install the new access plates in a manner so they do not disappear.

Many thanks, Wayne and the 4th Street Folks . And, many thanks to John Fleming.

Evergreen Avenue Trees to be Planted along 4th Street.

The 4th Street Neighborhood Association, in association with City of Louisville Arborist, Alan Bishop, is planning the innovative planting of 28 American Holly (with red berries) Trees along the length of 4th Street.

When our Old Louisville urban forest sheds its leaves in the fall and winter sets in, Wayne Jenkins says “We need some greenery with red fruit along our avenues”.

The overall planting along 4th Street will also include Willow Oak, Golden Rain, and Bowhall Maple trees for the beautification of our neighborhood.

Alan Bishop has agreed to remove the concrete and create a berm which will receive the plantings to be installed by Action Landscape, Inc.

So look for evergreens along 4th Street… soon.

Bridgehaven Nearing Completion.

Bridgehaven, located at 950 South First Street is nearing construction completion.

A new walkway has recently been installed along First Street. Avenue plantings will be planted completed soon. Adjacent alleyways are to be repaved thanks to funding from Alderman George Unseld with regard to all above improvements.

Community Improvement Sessions -

Clean-ups are being planned for:

Central Park Improvement :
Saturday, 13 April 2002 AM

East Side Improvement Session
(To be announced.)

Next PIC Meeting:
14 February 2002 (Valentine’s Day).




Specializing in Historic
Design & Renovation

P.O. Box 3343 Louisville, KY 40201-3343
502 634-1006


5th District Offers Engravers
for “Operation Identification”

January is here again, and we are starting off a New Year. Let’s start this year off right! We should engrave or write down all of our new and old serial numbers and identification numbers for a great new beginning.

Operation Identification is a program involving all citizens and designed to discourage burglary and theft by permanently identifying valuables in homes and businesses.

Operation I.D. also helps should your property be stolen or lost. The engraving makes it possible for the police to contact you when the property is recovered.


Home and Apartment Residents:

Your 2-Letter State Abbreviation
and any number that is special to you.


Your 2-Letter State Abbreviation
and Your Sales Tax Number.

Institutions and Non-Profit Agencies:

Your 2-Letter state abbreviation
and Your Purchase Exempt Number.


For more information, contact Officer Terra Long at 574-7010 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.



            Association      Chairperson            Number

  • 1300 S. Third Street David McNease 635-0190

  • Belgravia Court Hank Triplett 636-2925

  • Central Park West Gary Leist 637-3454

  • Fourth Street Wayne Jenkins 634-8587

  • Garvin Gate Andy Perry 634-8613

  • Limerick Eddie McFarland 583-6147

  • Ouerbacker Court Gary Burdette 638-1756

  • OLB&PA Arnold Celentano 585-3060

  • St. James Court

  • Second Street Jerry Birschbach 635-0220

  • Third Street Ann Eppinger 635-5000

  • Toonerville Barry Kornstein 637-3547

  • Treyton Oaks Jane LaPin 587-1028

  • W. St. Catherine Street Rhonda Williams 584-9231


The Corner Market
1160 S. First


Old Walnut Chili Parlor
Corner of
Fourth & Oak Streets




In pursuing transportation elements of the Old Louisville/Limerick Neighborhood plans as amended, the Old Louisville/Limerick Neighborhood Task Force has worked closely with City Officials during 2001.

Recent resolutions of these efforts have provided the following results:

St. Catherine Street—Floyd Street Intersection Left-Turn Signal.

During November 2001, the city of Louisville Department of Public Works installed a left-turn signal at the above-mentioned intersection so as to allow northbound left-turn circulation movement onto the I-65 Ramp and onto St. Catherine Street (westbound) so as to eliminate back-up on Floyd Street.

The improvement has most certainly helped the traffic congestion at this intersection.

Our sincere “Thank You” to Alderman Greg Handy and to Alderman George Unseld who provided the necessary funding to allow this traffic control improvement to occur.

Our “Thank You” also to Mayor Armstrong, Bill Herron, Director of Public Works and his staff, and Major Assef who implemented the signalization improvements.

Removal of Parking Restrictions within Old Louisville.

During the weekend of December 8-9, 2001, parking restrictions within Old Louisville were removed by the City. The removals primarily occurred on Oak St., St. Catherine St., Hill St., and South 4th St.

Residents in these areas are elated, because these roadways become more neighborhood-oriented, and neighborhood-friendly. This translates into a major convenience and it is a step towards discouraging thru traffic.

We all extend our sincere “Thank You” and our sincere appreciation to Mayor Armstrong for directing these removals to occur.

Also, our “Thank You” to Bill Herron, Director of Public Works and his staff and Major Assef for implementing these parking restriction removals.

Mayor Armstrong has announced a major news conference to occur in Old Louisville on Friday, 1 February at 10:00 a.m. (location to be announced) concerning transportation issues.

Restoring Two-Way Traffic to St. Catherine Street and Oak Street.

During November 2001 Bill Herron, City of Louisville Director of Public Works, informed the Task Force that the City was working towards the restoration of two-way traffic on St. Catherine Street from 2nd Street to 8th Street and on Oak Street clear through the neighborhood. Further, Mr. Herron explained that a great deal of work and coordination is involved in restoring two-way traffic to the full length of Oak Street. (a distance of over four miles).

Mr. Herron indicated that implementation of two-way traffic on the full length of Oak Street would not occur prior to April 2002.

Proposed Closure of Lee Street from 2nd Street to Brook Street.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has recently initiated the proposed closing of Lee Street adjacent to Noe Middle School and Du Pont Manual High School to unify the campuses of the two schools.

The Task Force will be receiving additional information regarding this proposal during the PIC Meeting on 17 January 2002.


Old Louisville Business
& Professional Association

On January 9th, The Old Louisville Business & Professional Association. held its first workshop. Gordon Melton spoke on “The Enterprise Zone”. The turnout was good and the feedback was encouraging. Another workshop on "Facade Loans" will be scheduled for the near future. Gary and Diane Kleier are putting together an information session this year on how to add properties to the National Historic Register. Date to be announced. Our goal for the workshops is to focus on positive forward moves for local business owners and professionals. We plan to keep those who attend informed of up-to-date information on how to improve what they already have and what is available to them in funding and tax breaks through city and county agencies.

If anyone has a topic they would like to know more about, or would like to have a speaker for one of the sessions, let Jo Ann or me know (585-3060), and we will try to arrange a session. We are very excited about this service as a way to keep in contact with the business and professional community and benefiting the "Oak St. Corridor" as well.

A committee is at work on the "1 2 3 4 Project" plan to attract new businesses to First, Second, Third, Fourth, & Oak Streets of Old Louisville. We will soon have two new businesses at 2nd and Oak St. An eatery featuring Cajun food relocating from the Galleria and a "Smoke Shop" are opening soon. Thanks to Lee Jones for his investment and hard work in bringing life back into a corner of Old Louisville. Alicia Dickerson of the Corner Market is currently working with another business for her building on the corner at First and Oak St.

Let us all work together in the community and keep our streets clean of liter. First impressions are what makes the difference between a thriving business or an empty store front. If you know of anyone who has an interest in opening or relocating in Old Louisville put them in contact with Gary Kleier or myself.

Our new mailing address is OLB&PA P. O. Box 2993, Louisville, KY, 40201.

The membership fee now includes a web page. For further information or to update the web page contact Allen Bird at

It was decided that OLB&PA meetings will be held quarterly this year, with two of the meetings held during lunch and two held just after work.

The meeting dates for the year are:

  • March 27, 5:30 PM -6:30

  • June 12, Noon -1 PM

  • September 11, Noon -1 PM

  • December 11, 5:30 - 7:30

  • (Holiday Party)

All meetings will be held in Haskins Hall.

Arnold Celentano
President- OLB&PA


Old Louisville On-Line is a wonderful internet website to learn all about Old Louisville. It is loaded with interesting information—historical and current, about our neighborhood. Take a look at the Old Louisville Journal on this site. is a site hosted by the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association. is an internet site that is currently being redesigned. This site is hosted by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and will have content relating to the neighborhood associations, the Information Center and the Neighborhood Council.


APRIL 15—22
JULY 5—15



Junk should be placed at your regular collection point.

The city will pick up: Discarded furniture, Mattresses, Appliances, tires, and other bulky items. Tree limbs must be more than four feet long or four inches in diameter, and stacked separately. Any bagged items must weigh less than 60 lbs.

The City will not pick up: construction materials (gutters, dry wall, etc.) hazardous waste materials, or auto parts.


Crane House, The Asian Institute, Inc.


Crane House (The Asia Institute, Inc.) will sponsor its annual Asian New Year Dinner and Auction on Friday, February 1, 2002, at the Humana Building in Louisville. The dinner, catered by Vincenzo’s, will celebrate the beginning of the lunar Year of the Horse, observed by Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese, and other Asians. In the traditional Chinese calendar, the year is 4700. As Crane House's primary fund-raising event, the dinner and auction will benefit educational programs that introduce Asian culture to students and adults in the region.

Chef Agostino Gabriele of Vincenzo's and Chef Peng S. Looi of Asiatique and August Moon will collaborate to present an Asian-inspired dinner for 200 guests. The evening will also include a silent auction and brief live auction with auctioneer Harold Helm, of RE/MAX 100, Inc. The evening’s schedule is:

The auction will include both Asian and non-Asian items. Examples are: antiques, framed original art, ceramics, entertainment packages, jewelry, books, and horse objects.

The dinner is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Crane House at (502) 635-2240. Tickets are $125 per person.

Crane House is an Asian cultural center with the mission of fostering mutual understanding among the peoples of the United States and Asia, through education and cultural awareness. Founded in 1987, it is a private nonprofit organization.


Mardi Gras Party

Help Ministries of Central Louisville announce a Mardi Gras Party and fund-raising auction which will be held Friday, February 8th, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 821 S. Fourth Street from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras Party features appetizers, a live auction, and musical entertainment by the Rascals of Ragtime Dixieland Band.

The Help Ministries of Central Louisville is an interdenominational urban ministry providing emergency food, rental, and utility assistance to low-income persons who live downtown and in Old Louisville. Formed in 1968 by several ministers, Help Ministries has been providing continuous service to low income residents of the Old Louisville area, using a staff composed of volunteers from participating churches, and one employee– the Executive Director.

Auction items are goods and services donated by members of Help Ministries’ eight member churches. These downtown churches, along with the city and county, support Help Ministries mission to provide a place where residents of Old Louisville and Central Louisville feel welcome and can receive referrals and short-term emergency assistance. The supporting churches are: Assumption Greek Orthodox; Bethlehem United Church of Christ; Calvary Episcopal Church; Cathedral of the Assumption; Central Presbyterian; Christ Church Cathedral; First Unitarian, and Fourth Avenue Methodist.

Bad News…. Good News

The bad news is that Marianne Lesher has resigned her position as administrative assistant at the Old Louisville Information Center effective January 30.

The good news is that she is heading for an exciting new adventure as the innkeeper of the Kenmore Inn in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

She will command a staff to initially refurbish and then run an establishment which was originally the home of George Washington’s sister and which has been an inn for over 70 years. The inn includes a restaurant and pub.

Marianne describes Fredericksburg as what Old Louisville would be if it were its own city. (Don’t give us any ideas!). It is the site of a historic civil war battlefield and includes many historic homes, businesses, and shops.

I am sure I speak for many as I wish Marianne the best in her new endeavor. Her dedication and service to the neighborhood over the years are much appreciated and will be sorely missed.

We will all know an undoubtedly great place to stay if we should travel to Fredericksburg.

John Sistarenik


Wangs & Thangs 420 W. Oak Street 636-9264
The Rudyard Kipling 422 W. Oak Street 636-1311


February, 2002











Garvin Gate


Ouerbacker Ct. 7PM






Newsletter Deadline



Toonerville 7PM






Third St. 7PM
Belgravia Ct. 7PM




Second St. 5PM
Fourth St. 7PM
1300 3rd 7P



OLIC Board Mtg. 6:15PM
OLNC Board Mtg. 7:30PM




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The Old Louisville Journal is published monthly by the Old Louisville Information Center, Inc. COLIC), a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in 1984, for the purpose of receiving tax deductible contributions. OLIC is affiliated with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC), a non-profit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as the recognzed voice of the Old Louisville Neighborhood. Submit Journal contributions to the Editor, Old Louisville Information Center, 1340 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40208. Phone: (502) 635-5244 E-mail:



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