The Old Louisville Journal

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

Volume 25, Issue 2

February 2003

Matching Grant to provide for Benches and Trash Cans

Thanks to the generosity of Old Louisville individuals and many neighborhood associations, Central Park will soon be graced with 15 Central Park Settees, so named after the bench originally introduced into New York’s Central Park in 1858 when the park was first opened, and with 15 Bethesda Series trash cans, which feature the strong verticality of thick steel bars and a new plane formed when they are gracefully curved outward at the top.

These along with the additional period lighting currently being installed will help beautify Central Park in time for its centennial in 2004.

The Old Louisville Information Center thanks Vernon Cook and Gary Kleier who were inadvertently omitted from the list of Central Park Patrons who contributed to the grant.


News Tidbits

Gayle and Herb Warren honored

The Louisville Historical League presented a preservation award to Herb and Gayle Warren for their restoration of the Dupont Mansion at Fourth and Ormsby. The presentation took place at the League’s annual meeting on January 19, held at the Scottish Rite Temple on Gray Street. Herb and Gayle hosted a reception at the Dupont Mansion following the meeting.

Welcome back, Marianne

Marianne Lesher has returned from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has accepted a position as general manager of the Old Louisville Inns which include the Dupont Mansion, Fleur de Lis, and Fountain Court.

New shops at Fourth and Oak

A Red Giraffe Video Store will open soon in a newly-renovated space attached to the RiteAid Pharmacy at Fourth and Oak Streets.

Directly across Fourth Street, Joe’s Sportswear and Accessories has opened for business.

Invasion of the Shopping Carts

In the middle of sidewalks, at the bus stops, in the gutter, abandoned shopping carts seem to be everywhere.

Winn-Dixie and Kroger are the homes from which the majority of these carts have escaped.

Help rid the neighborhood of an eyesore and safety hazard by calling Kroger at 589-1025 or Winn-Dixie at 583-3228 or 583-3964 to return these culprits to their homes.


Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
Property Improvement Committee Report

St. James Court Art Show Signs
137 permanent signs announcing no parking during the annual art show have been posted on Old Louisville Streets at 20-foot intervals.
Dick Irby of Belgravia Court spoke for those who feel the signs are aesthetically offensive and inappropriate for the neighborhood. The Property Improvement Committee(PIC) unanimously decided to recommend to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC) Board that a subcommittee be appointed to review the matter and suggest a course of action. Metro Louisville officials at the meeting appeared amenable to following the OLNC’s decision on the matter. A number of individuals volunteered for the subcommittee.

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
1803 South Third Street
Fraternities and sororities are not allowed in the Old Louisville/Limerick Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District.
A fraternity had existed at the above address for a number of years, but the students described themselves as simply a group of students living together. However, this past fall, the students placed signs around the neighborhood and on campus inviting students to "Rush Beta" and announcing "All rush events are at 1803 South Third Street." Michael Baugh, Code Enforcement Officer, Metro Louisville Department of Inspections, Permits, and Licenses, announced that this allowed for action to remove the fraternity from the premises.

1136 South Fourth Street - Formerly the Dobbs House and Steak and Egg
Roberto J. Bajandas purchased the long-vacant property at a Commissioner’s sale on January 21, 2003.

1017 South First Street
This vacant and deteriorating three-story residential building was sold at Commissioners’ sale on January 7, 2003, to the previous mortgage holder for $28,000. PIC will monitor its renovation.

Central Park Lighting
Metro Parks has begun construction for the installation of eight new post lamps within the northeast area of the park. The lights will match the previously installed post lamps, and all wiring is bored below grade. Cost of the project is $35,000 with installation this winter, weather permitting. Metro Parks is considering removing existing gooseneck lights that are located near the new post lamps.

Annual Spring Work Session in Central Park
Saturday, April 5, 2003, is the date for the annual spring work session in the park. Each year Metro Parks staff and the Old Louisville neighborhood team up to clean and make improvements in Central Park.
Last year improvements included the construction of a walkway to the gravel parking area, painting the stage in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre, spruce plantings along Sixth Street, and tree mulching. Approximately 120 people helped.
This year’s work session will begin at 8:30AM and conclude with a lunch at noon. Put Saturday, April 5, on your calendar now and think Spring!

University of Louisville Bus Shuttles
Uof L initiated two shuttle routes to transport students between Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium parking lots and the Belknap campus. The shuttles arrive at designated stops at 10 minute intervals. A number of those stops are equipped with shelters and benches. A coffee shop waiting area is planned on the ground level of the new parking garage on Floyd Street across from Cardinal Park. 1200 to 1500 students currently park at the 7,000 parking-space stadium and use the shuttle. The shuttles are free, but students pay a $70 yearly parking fee.
PIC commends U of L for initiating the shuttle system and hopes more students will take advantage of parking at the stadium rather than on already-crowded Old Louisville streets.

Letters to the Editor:

To the Editor:

Eternal Vigilance

It would be hard for anyone not to notice the dramatic improvements in the Old Louisville / Limerick area. In spite of these improvements, there are still those citizens, developers, institutions, utilities and even governmental agencies, who believe in doing things the "old" way.

We are all aware that contractors that ignore the law requiring the replacement of historic sidewalks in a matching style have destroyed the sidewalks of Old Louisville. Last year Greg Handy arranged for the city to invest a quarter million dollars in the infrastructure of Old Louisville by correcting this bastardization of many of our historic sidewalks. Unfortunately, the destruction continues. On Friday, January 3, 2003, a contractor for LG&E was already jackhammering the newly placed sidewalk at 127 West Ormsby and replacing it with poorly done, vintage 2003 concrete.

Demolition of historic properties in Old Louisville is virtually prohibited, but it continues in a subtle way. Landmarks calls it "demolition by neglect". That is, property is allowed, or encouraged, to deteriorate until it can no longer be salvaged. While this was more prevalent in the past, it is continuing even today.

Most of us are aware of the new Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District (TNZD) that is now in place in Old Louisville and Limerick. However, there are those who don’t know, don’t understand, or simply don’t care. The Metro Department of Inspections, Permits and Licenses (IPL) has already refused several construction permits because they don’t meet the TNZD requirements. But there are those who believe they can circumvent these requirements by working quietly and never applying for a permit.

The area of Old Louisville and Limerick is large and Landmarks and IPL have very limited staff, even more so with merger. We, the citizens of Old Louisville and Limerick, are the first line of defense against the insidious degradation of our neighborhood. Protection of our neighborhoods requires eternal vigilance.

Gary J Kleier, AIA, AIC


Dear Editor:

The following letter was sent to the Courier-Journal to correct and clarify an article published on Dec. 30:

The December 30 article about the site of a new Kroger in Old Louisville is incomplete, inaccurate, and misleading. The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council does oppose the rezoning of the Fifth and Breckinridge site from residential to commercial and supports the development of affordable housing in the area.

However, I never said that this housing would or should be exclusively for displaced Clarksdale residents. The city is seeking infill developments throughout downtown, not just at Fifth and Breckinridge, for the Clarksdale Revitalization Plan.

Furthermore, under the federal HOPE VI grant program, any such infill project contains a mix of public and private affordable mixed-income housing with a maximum of thirty percent public housing in that mix.

Park DuValle is an excellent example of what the HOPE VI can accomplish. Contrary to what your article implied, this is the vision I have for Fifth and Breckinridge. I wish the Louisville Development Authority and the Housing Authority of Louisville success in obtaining the grant.

John Sistarenik, OLNC Chair

February Events at the Filson Club

Blues Night at The Filson

Friday, February 21 – 7:30 p.m.

The Filson Historical Society invites Old Louisville residents to an evening of blues music. The Filson honors Louisville’s blues heritage on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature musical performances by the 10th Street Blues Band, a short presentation about the history of blues in Louisville’s African American community, an exhibit of blues artifacts and records, an open bar of beer, wine and soft drinks, and light refreshments. Join us for a jamming night at The Filson.

Cost: $25.00, Filson members receive a discounted cost of $18.00.

Reservations are required, and seats are filling up fast. Call The Filson at 635-5083 for reservations and more information.

I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company Author Brian Hall

Friday, February 7 – Noon

Brian Hall brings a new light to the Lewis and Clark expedition with his newly released fictional novel I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company. Hall discusses his book at The Filson as part of his national tour. Free. Call 635-5083 for reservations.


Churchill’s War David Irving

Wednesday, February 19 – Noon

The Filson welcomes British historian David Irving as he speaks about his Churchill’s War, a history of Winston Churchill’s wartime leadership. Free. Call 635-5083 for reservations.


Subversive Southerner Anne Braden & Catherine Fosl

Monday, February 24 – Noon

Joined honored guests, civil rights legend Anne Braden and author Catherine Fosl, for a lecture on Braden’s life and career, the subject of Fosl’s latest book, Subversive Southerner. Anne and her late husband Carl Braden became known in Louisville for the 1954 Wade Case, when the Bradens bought and then sold a house in Shively to an African-American family. Free. Call 635-5083 for reservations.


OLB&PA Newsletter
Old Louisville Business & Professional Association

TNZD - (Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District)

What does it mean to your business?

It is difficult to own a business in Old Louisville area without noticing the changes that have taken place. Renovations are happening everywhere. Oak and St. Catherine are now two way, and more are coming. On November 15, 2002, the Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District (TNZD) became the zoning law for all of Old Louisville and Limerick. Previous zoning no longer exists, and for some it has a significant consequence.

On Wednesday, February 12, at the Third Avenue Cafe at 8:30 AM, Gary Kleier, a member of the task force that wrote the new ordinance, will present an overview of TNZD and how it will affect business.

The most current maps, and reference material will be available for review.

This is a one hour session you will not want to miss!

Complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

Free if you PRE-REGISTER by February 10th, otherwise $5.00 at the door. 

Sponsored by: Old Louisville Business & Professional Association (OLBPA)


Old Louisville Neighborhood Associations

Association Chairperson Number

Cook’s Corner

When I think of Valentines Day, my first thought is of my husband who has shared with me life’s joys and sorrows through our 26 years of marriage. Several memorable events included adding two daughters to our family, buying and fixing up our home in Old Louisville, coping with death in my family, being separated from him while he worked on his degree at the University of Kentucky and let’s not forget his "exotic" tour in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War.

Also when I think of Valentines Day, I think of all the people I love who are with me as well as those who have passed on. One special lady who comes to mind is my grandmother. She moved in with my family when I was about 9 years old after my grandfather became seriously ill and eventually died. She always had a smile on her face, a gleam in her eyes, and she had such a huge heart. She was one of my fans and cheerleaders as I practiced my mundane songs on the piano every day. As I improved and the songs became a little more "interesting," I would look over and see her crocheting while tapping her feet to the beat. Even though I wasn’t always able to keep the beat.

Life was never easy for her as a young child and eventually as a wife and mother. She would make and sell hand woven rugs from scraps of fabric. She also sold her homegrown vegetables and pears, eggs, "dressed" chickens, and homemade cakes to people in a small town near Corydon, Indiana. This money was used to make payments on their farm and hopefully to have enough left to buy necessary staples.

It was one of her delicious cake recipes that not only helped her family survive, but also became a symbol of celebration and love as years went by. As each of my four brothers and sister celebrated their First Communion at age seven, dressed in their Sunday suit or white dress and veil, each held Grandma’s special cake to have his or her picture taken. Finally the time had come where that special cake would be made just for me as I celebrated my First Communion. Before long, that recipe was used again as we each celebrated our graduation from the 

eighth grade and high school. As the next generation came along, my mother continued the tradition and made this special cake for her grandchildren’s First Communion. One by one, the grandchildren dressed up and held their cake with pride for their photo

My grandmother died about 17 years ago at the age of 101. I think about her all of the time when the early evening sky is glazed in its deep pink tones. She used to say that when the sky looked like that, it was the angels up in Heaven making cookies. I like to think she is one of those angels now making cookies and her special cake. How appropriate that this recipe is called the Angel Food Cake.

Note: My grandmother had two different recipes. The White Angel Food Cake was traditionally made for the First Communion celebrations. The Yellow Angel Food Cake was made for Easter and birthdays. While this cake may not be as healthy as the White Angel Food Cake, it is much more simpler to make and VERY delicious.

White Angel Food Cake

  • 1¼ cups sifted cake flour

  • 13 egg whites (1 ¼ cups)

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • 1¼ cup sifted confectioners’ sugar

  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar

  • 1 ½ tsp. cream of tartar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Sift flour and measure. Sift confectioners’ sugar and measure again. Combine flour and confectioners’ sugar and sift together four times. Set dry ingredients to the side. Beat egg whites until foamy. Add granulated sugar, salt, and cream of tartar and continue beating until eggs are stiff enough to hold up in peaks. Add vanilla. Fold in flour and sugar mixture carefully. Bake in greased Angel Food Cake pan in moderate oven (360 degrees) for one hour. Invert pan and let cool before removing pan from pan.

Yellow Angel Food Cake

  • 5 eggs

  • ½ cup cold water

  • 1½ cups sugar

  • 1½ cup flour

  • 1½ tsp. vanilla

  • ½ tsp. baking powder

  • ¾ tsp. cream of tartar

  • Pinch of salt

Beat egg yolks until light. Add water and beat until very light. Add sugar and beat until well mixed. Mix baking powder and flour together and add to the egg mixture. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar. Beat until stiff and fold into the dough. Bake 15 minutes at 300 degrees, then at 325 degrees for one hour.

JoAnn Lockhart and her daughters: from left, Angelina, JoAnn, and Sonya.

Gift Boutique Adds to Holiday House Tour Success

The House Tour 2002 owes to several individuals and groups a special THANK YOU…

These individuals and groups worked diligently to make the Gift Boutique during the Old Louisville House Tour a success without regard to personal benefit…

The results are in…the Gift Boutique sales were the second highest in twelve years…this is FANTASTIC…Thanks to West St. Catherine Neighborhood Association for providing the nucleus of the volunteers for the Gift Boutique… Rhonda Williams, Sandy McCann, Diane Frenette, Barb Cullen… THANK YOU…

Diane and Tom Frenette …the Gift Boutique looked so beautiful—thanks for working to set it up and constructing unique ways of adding variety and visual excitement to the displays…

Alison Townsend and Central Park West Neighborhood Association for the absolutely wonderful wine and cheese offerings to the volunteers and neighborhood residents at the Preview Gala on Friday evening before the Tour…the wine was refreshing and the cheese tasted wonderfully grouped with the fruit and crackers…THANK YOU ever so much for your tireless effort and work to make this event as joyful and fun as it was…

The Central Park West Neighborhood Association for providing the baked good with hot cider during the Tour in the Gift Boutique…everything smelled so good and was extremely tasty as well as beautifully displayed…THANK YOU…there are no words to relate how appreciative the neighborhood and the patrons were of your work…

The Neighborhood Associations/Groups that sold items in the 

Boutique…1300 Block of South Third, the OLIC, Coalition for the Homeless, Garvin Gate…other neighbors participating as Vendors were Peggy Mims, Shirley Romo, Beth Duffy, Rekia Mahmoud and her daughter Jemilla…THANK YOU for taking the time to pull it all together to help make the Boutique special. (By the way…if any Neighborhood Association would like to be a part of the Boutique next year…YOU are invited to sell merchandise to benefit your neighborhood projects.)

Madonna Wilson…THANK YOU for ALL that you did…

Joan Stewart, Chair
2002 Holiday House Tour

A signature entryway to Ouerbacker Court
 has been installed by Steel Creations for
 the Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts
 Neighborhood Association. Located on the
 Magnolia Street entrance to the court, the
 entryway is the latest improvement effort
 by the association. Ouerbacker residents
 thank former Alderman Greg Handy for
 his help in the project.

New Restaurant
Coming on Ormsby

Central Park Cafe, an English-style bistro, is scheduled to open
 in late March or early April at 316 W. Ormsby. The entire
 building is being renovated; Gary Kleier is the architect.


Rhonda Williams was inaccurately identified in a caption in last month’s Journal. She served as co-chair of the 2002 Holiday House Tour Gift Boutique.

25th Anniversary of the Old Louisville Journal:

Blast From The Past

Editor’s note: An accidental chemical leak from the Ralston Purina plant into the sewers resulted in a massive explosion and collapse of sewer lines throughout Old Louisville at 4 AM on February 13, 1981, when a spark from the car of an unsuspecting motorist under the Seventh Street viaduct ignited the fumes. Luckily, no lives were lost, but immense craters, some of them 20 feet deep, suddenly appeared on streets such as 3rd, 4th, Floyd, Hill, and Cardinal Blvd. Below are two excerpts from the Newsletter:

March, 1981:

Business as Usual

Every business in Old Louisville has been open and operating these past few weeks following the sewer explosions. 95% of the streets in Old Louisville are open and life goes on as usual in this historic and nostalgic neighborhood. The barrage of news reports about the sewer problems has caused Old Louisville residents and business more harm than good. The diversified Old Louisville community has always provided and will continue to provide vital services to the residents of the area and of all Jefferson County.


December, 1982:

Sewer Explosion: Update

Congratulations to the residents and businesses in the Seventh and Hill Streets area! At long last, sections that were most severely harmed by the sewer explosions of February 13, 1981 are finally opening. We hope that by the time this newsletter reaches you, all of Seventh Street will be open to through traffic. Our regrets go with Mrs. Hatfield who has been forced to close Grimm’s Health Food Store, the oldest health food store in the state, and the other businesses forced to close their doors and move on due to lack of business. Special encouragement to those who have stuck it out! We wish you the best and a happier holiday than last year!!!

Note: We hope you have noticed the sprucing up at Seventh and Hill. The Jefferson County Youth Center and Phoenix Houses I and II have had a wonderful crew of hard workers cleaning up brush and abandoned debris in the sewer blast area as well as in other parts of the community. If you see them at work, offer an encouraging word. Old Louisville appreciates their contribution to Seventh and Hill area!

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Calendar for February 2002









Groundhog Day


Ouerbacker Arts and Cafts 7P








St James at Haskin Hall

OLBPA, 8:30AM at 3rd Ave Cafe


Valentine's Day



President's Day



 House Tour Potluck Haskins Hall 6:30PM
Toonerville 7PM




Art Show Consortium at Haskins Hall 7PM


OLIC Board 6PM
OLNC Board

Central Park West at CCH



The Old Louisville Journal is published monthly by the Old Louisville Information Center, Inc. (OLIC), 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 501 (c) (4) non-profit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as the recognized voice of the Old Louisville Neighborhood.

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