The Old Louisville Journal

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

Volume 23, Issue 7

July 2001

Second Street Garden Tour

This year will mark the 8th Hidden Treasures Garden Tour, scheduled for July 14-15. Chairpersons Peggy Mims and Ginny Ehrlich scour the neighborhood each year, looking over fences and through peep holes, to find the best gardens in Old Louisville that are often hidden from view.

Fortunately, Old Louisville has some wonderful gardeners and usually it does not take a lot of arm-twisting to convince them to show off the fruits of their labors. The Garden Tour typically attracts 500-900 visitors each year to Old Louisville. Tickets for the Garden Tour are on sale at the Information Center in Central Park. Advance tickets are $8.00 and $10.00 on the days of the tour. Take a little time to smell the roses - buy a ticket and enjoy the tour!

Garden Tour Tea

Louisville Bed and Breakfasts are hosting a GARDEN TOUR TEA that coincides with the 2nd Street garden tour this year (July 14th and 15th). It will be held at Inn at the Park (in the gardens), located at 1332 S. 4th Street. We will have three seatings each day: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Each table will be hosted by a different B&B. We will be serving a variety of sweet and savories with a choice of mango iced tea, lemonade or regular tea. Tickets are $15.00 per person (prior to the event) and $18.00 at the garden gate on the day of the Tea. Tickets are on sale at the Old Louisville Information Center, The Inn at Woodhaven , 401 S. Hubbards Lane, and Aleksander House, 1213 S. 1st Street. You may also call Nancy Hincliff at Aleksander House and reserve tickets, (502) 637-4985.

Garden Tour - Volunteers Needed

The annual Garden Tour is held in July. and is a fund-raiser for the Second Street Neighborhood Association. Are you interested in assisting with the event? Please call Ginny Ehrlich at (502) 634-0717. You do not need to be a member of the Second Street Association to volunteer, and there are many various positions available! No experience necessary! Come out, meet your neighbors and have a great time!

Information Center
The center will have a position as administrator open on August 1. Candidates should have Microsoft Office suite experience be organized and able to manage clerical work. If you are looking for a position with flexible hours please send a resume to the Center (1340 S. Fourth Street in Central Park, Louisville, KY 40208). This is a paid position, not a volunteer opportunity. For more information regarding the position please call Joan Stewart at (502) 634-3813.

Help "Free Will"?
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival needs volunteers for the summer season production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Love's Labour's Lost" in Central Park. For more info or to sign up, please call Brenda Johnson at (502)  583-8738 or email at

Street Cleaning
One of the most discussed issues at meetings in Old Louisville is street cleaning and litter! There is a street cleaning scheduled for Old Louisville during the week of July 16th. Watch for the signs! You can verify the date of the street cleaning by calling CityCall at (502) 574-3333. To get the most from these quarterly street cleanings we must remove the parked cars from our streets. Major Assef from the Fifth District has promised to tow cars that remain on the streets. If we pay attention then cars will not have to be towed. The boundaries that the city uses in its street cleaning may not be the boundaries that we think of as Old Louisville. I have been told that they view Hill Street as the southern boundary of Old Louisville. (I was not able to confirm this information.) Please call CityCall to determine the schedule for your address. If cars remain on your street on the morning of the street cleaning then you can call dispatch at (502) 574-7111 and ask that the cars be towed for the street cleaning. Thanks for your help in cleaning up our streets!

OLNC General Membership Meetings: July 2, Aug 2, Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 8, Dec 6
These meeting's are held on the first Thursday of the month at the Information Center, except when they must be postponed due to holidays. Meetings begin at 7:00 and are to last no longer than an hour and a half. A representative from Solid Waste Management will attend the July meeting.


Historic Homeownership Assistance Act

Alderman Handy requested that the following letter be placed in the newsletter. This Act is of importance to residents of "Old Louisville".

Dear Neighbors,

The "Historic Homeownership Assistance Act" is being debated in Washington. I want to encourage you to contact Representative Northup, Senator McConnell and Senator Bunning to encourage them to support this important piece of legislation. This Act would be of great significance to the City of Louisville and currently Congressmen Rogers, Lucas, Whitfield and Lewis are in support of this legislation. On March 22 and May 21, respectively, Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL) and Sen. John Breux (D-LA) reintroduced the "Historic Homeownership Assistance Act" (H.R. 1172/S.920). The bill text is identical to the legislation as introduced in the 106'" Congress. Key features of the bill include:

ALLOWABLE CREDIT: A 20% federal income tax credit to homeowners who rehabilitate or buy a qualified historic house, up to a maximum credit of $40,000 for a principal residence.

"PASS THROUGH" FEATURE: Developers may rehab a property and sell it to a homeowner with the credit tax liability taken over several years. Property sold before five years is subject to recapture of the tax credit.

TAXPAYERS WITH LITTLE OR NO TAX LIABILITY may convert the credit to a mortgage credit certificate to obtain a mortgage interest rate reduction from the lender.

QUALIFYING PROPERTIES include single and multi-family residences, condos, and co-ops listed on the National Register of Historic Places or on a state or local register certified by the Secretary of the Interior. The credit is also usable on the principal residence portion of a mixed-use building.

Please let your voice be heard and thanks for your action and support of this legislation.

Sincerely, Alderman Greg Handy, Eighth Ward "You can contact Representative Northup at 582-5129; Senator McConnell at 582-6304 and Senator Bunning at 582-5341."


Mayor Armstrong Attends PIC Meeting
Although unannounced and unexpected, Mayor David Armstrong attended the Property Improvement Committee meeting on June 14, 2001. The Committee reviewed and discussed a number of important items of concern to Old Louisville with the Mayor. We all appreciated the Mayor's attendance and invited him to return in the future.

Cabbage Patch
When the Cabbage Patch Settlement was founded by Louise Marshall in 1910 to serve the local urban poor, Alice Hegan Rice served on its first board. The title of her best-selling book, "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch," loaned its name to the charitable organization in Old Louisville that still thrives today. To honor one hundred years since Rice's book was first published in 1901, local playwright, Rebecca Luttrell Briley, faithfully remade the story into a play, which was performed by the Pleiades Theater Company.

The story is centered between the extremes of wealth in the early twentieth century. It shifts focus between extremes of wealth - Ms. Lucy Olcott, a wealthy debutante who lives on St. James Court, and the always-chipper Mrs. Nancy Wiggs, a poor Irish-immigrant widow with several children who lives "around the corner from St. James" in the Cabbage Patch. In visiting with Mrs. Wiggs, Lucy - and all of Rice's readers -find inspiration in the cheerful struggle against dire poverty.

Briley and Charlotte Hammett Hubrich, a director with many years of experience with the Pleiades and otherwise, captured the cheerful, sweet story perfectly, and even managed to add charming humor to the stage production. The costumes and set were all carefully researched and lent to the period flavor of the play. Lis Vissing was inspirational in her role as the indomitable Mrs. Wiggs. Several nights, tickets were not to be had, as the theater (the MeX at the KyCA) had completely sold out. The first nigh of the performance, also sold out, was a charity benefit, raising money for the Cabbage Patch Settlement House.

Marian Cummins

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Community Events and Happenings
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Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Presents Shakespeare in Central Park
A Midsummer Night's Dream: 6/26 - 7/1, 7/11, 7/13, 7/15, & 7/22, @ 8 p.m. Love's Labor's Lost. 7/5 - 7/8, 7/10, 7/12, & 7/14, @ 8 p.m. No preview.

Speed Art Museum
William Wegman: Fashion Photographs runs from May 22 through August 12.

Planetarium Schedule: Public performances 

Tuesday through Friday NOTE: We are closed on Mondays.

2001 Old Louisville Millennium Favorites Hidden Treasures Garden Tour 
A summer tradition! This year features a self-guided tour that revisits twelve of the favorite gardens from past Hidden Treasures tours. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on the day of the tour. They may be ordered by cash, check, or credit card. Pick up one of the Garden Tour brochures available in various locations, stop by the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park, or call (502) 635-5244 for ordering information. July 14 and 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A Summer Tea will be hosted by Old Louisville's Bed and Breakfasts at The Inn at the Park, 1332 South Fourth Street. Reserved seatings are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The cost of this event is in addition to the cost of the Tour. Cost is $15 advance per person, and $18 on the day of the tour. To order, call (502) 637-4985 or (502) 895-1011. Tickets for the Tea will also be sold at the Old Louisville Information Center - stop by or call us at (502) 635-5244.

Filson Club Call (502) 6355083 for details.
Kentucky Culture Book Discussion Program
"World Enough and Time" by Robert Penn Warren
Led by Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2001. Discussion takes places on July 12 

 "Shady Grove" by Janice Holt Giles
Led by Wade Hall, author and professor at Bellarmine University. Discussion takes place on July 26

Association Contact Phone
Toonerville Bill Casey 634-3410
1300 S. Third St. David McNease 635-0190
Third Street P.J. Steele 635-6741
Fourth Street Wayne Jenkins 634-8587
Central Park West Gary Leist 637-3454
St. James Court Harry Knight 634-1972
Treyton Oaks Jane LaPin 587-1028
Limerick Eddie McFarland 583-6147
Second Street Peggy Davis 634-1640
Garvin Gate Andy Perry 634-8613
Belgravia Court Hank Triplett 636-2925
W. St. Catherine Rhonda Williams 584-9231
Ouerbacker Court Joan Stewart 634-3813
OLBPA Arnold Celantano 585-3060

Contact any of the above associations for information, questions or concerns.

Home Security Inspections

Home security inspections are intended to reduce burglary or breaking an entering by making the home a more difficult target. The inspection may also diminish home robberies and larceny of property stored in the yard.

Almost all police departments offer inspections to the public at no cost. Sworn officers often perform the service. The inspector examines doors, doorframes, door locks, windows, window locks, lighting, landscaping, fencing and alarm system for weaknesses in security. The inspector usually provides the resident with a written copy of the survey.

First, the resident must request and agree to the survey. The police department is the key service provider. Neighborhood Watch groups can help by encouraging residents to have a home security survey completed. Insurance companies may provide incentives for  home security inspections.

Residents must request the survey, but following through on recommendations often proves to be the most difficult obstacle. Participation in rental housing may be weak because residents may feel that the responsibility for security resides with the property owner.

The Fifth District is more than happy to come to your home or business and provide this free service. If interested please call Officer Terra Long at 547-7010 to set up an appointment.

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 non-profit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as the recognized 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: 

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival features "A Summer of Love"

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 41 st season of "Free Will" this surnmer with two of Shakespeare's comedies, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST: Performing at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in historic Old Louisville's Central Park, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival continues its tradition of presenting professional classical theatre to the public free of charge. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM ran for two weeks beginning on June 21. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST will open July 5 and run through July 8, then alternate in repertory with MIDSUMMER until closing night, July 22. Exact performance dates and venues are as follow: 

These performances are jointly sponsored by the Fund for the Arts and Alderman Greg Handy. Billed together as "The Summer of Love," both plays will be directed by Curt L. Tofteland. A Midsummer Night's Dream finds the King and Queen of the Fairy world at odds.., and all of the mortal world can feel it. Join the King and Queen of the Fairies, the young lovers from the mortal world, and of course Nick Bottom's troupe of mechanicals as they stumble through one Midsummer night ...and wonder if it really was a dream. Love's Labor's Lost begins with Ferdinand, King of Navarre taking an oath to swear off women, but does he really know what he and his three fellows are getting into? When the Princess of France and her three ladies arrive on diplomatic matters the men are ready to throw out their newly formed oaths to make way for ...matters of the heart. The oldest free Shakespeare Festival in the Nation, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is a Louisville tradition not to be missed.


Property Improvement Committee Report

9" Street to 7" Street roadway begins construction - June 4, 2001.

Maché Readus-Wright, City of Louisville Project Engineer, and Kevin Bailey, Resident Engineer, Kentucky Department of Highways, attended the last two PIC meetings and updated the PIC in regard to the roadway construction now in progress. During the week of June 4, 2001, the following roadways were closed to all vehicular and pedestrian use within the area of construction: St. Catherine Street, Oldham Street, Oak Street, Dumensil Street, Eighth Street. The entire project area will be fenced and the above roadways will be closed for the construction period and until late 2003-two years.

Upon completion of the roadway project, St. Catherine Street, Oldham Street, and Dumensil Street will remain closed at the new Ninth Street right-of-way line. Eighth Street will remain closed at Oak Street. The engineers provided plans, noting existing traffic detours. They also noted that the contractors are presently in the process of clearing the right-of-way, removing trees, building foundations, and other existing features. Mr. Bailey reported that a tunnel (previously unknown) was found within the grounds of the old LG&E location.

Ms. Readus-Wright reported that existing limestone curb, brick walkways, and roadway brick-cobblestone encountered will be considered for salvage and reused within Old Louisville. The iron railing (approximately 1400 lin. ft.) along both sides of the existing Oak Street viaduct will be salvaged for reuse in Central Park. 

Four Foot Diameter Water Main Construction Within Oak Street East of Seventh Street 
Mr. Ted Niemann, Project Engineer, Louisville Water Company, reported that Oak Street was now closed east of Seventh Street and that the water transmission line is now completed within Dumensil Street, including the bore under the railroad. Much of the water main is also completed within Seventh Street. Roadway and walkway improvements will occur immediately upon completion of the transmission line construction. 

Insight Cable Company Facilities 
Mr. William Herron, Director, City of Louisville Department of Public Works, reported that property owners within Old Louisville may be contacted by Insight Communications representatives requesting to "locate a communications facility on your property" - a box of approximate size 3' x 2' x 2'. If you are contacted by Insight, Mr. Herron requested you contact him immediately at his office in City Hall. If you receive a letter from Insight, please fax a copy of the transmittal to Mr. Herron at 574-3849. Mr. Herron can also be reached by telephone: 574-3111.

Mr. Herron noted that approximately ten such boxes are possibly proposed within Old Louisville. All such proposed locations will also need approval from the "Landmarks" office. 

Old Louisville Transportation Study In Progress And In Regard To: Designation of Truck Routes, Curb-side Parking on All Residential Streets and Two-way of Residential Streets
Mr. Herron reported that the city engineers and consulting engineers were presently undertaking traffic counts and reviewing past traffic counts in regard to Old Louisville roadways and intersections. Upon completion of the count process and analysis, future meetings will be announced.

Vacant Buildings
626 West Ormsby -To appear in court on July 2, 2001. We need fifteen folks to appear in court. For more information call the Information Center at 635-5244.


Planetarium Open House
Many thanks to U of L, the planetarium staff and neighborhood organizers for organizing the wonderful open house in June. The planetarium holds about 160 people for presentations. So many neighbors came to the open house that the planetarium filled to capacity. A second presentation was given so that all present were able to enjoy this "state of the art facility". If you were not able to attend then you probably know someone who did attend! Check the planetarium schedule in the newsletter and plan on visiting soon! Thanks again to everyone who made this evening possible!

Luvisi Rebroadcasts
Beginning May 6 through July 22, WUOL (90.5 on FM) will rebroadcast all 12 Lee Luvisi's performances of Beethoven's solo keyboard works. The station will rebroadcast these 12 concerts on Sunday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 6

CityCall! When will your street be swept? Someone dumped trash? Call CityCall at 574-3333 to find out dates of your junk collection or how to have a cleanup in your neighborhood. For information or assistance! 574-3333

Editor's note: Send your submissions prior to the 15th of the month for publication! Keep us informed of the happening it your area!  635-5244, fax at 635-5245 or e-mail

Chair Notes

I am writing this just after leaving a Neighborhood Council General Membership Meeting. It was wonderful to see Mae Salyers in attendance. As many of you know, Mae is recovering from serious health problems, but is looking and sounding just like her old self. The first thing Mae said to me when she walked in was, "You said you wanted to go over anything I had of historical interest. When can we do it?" I told her I'd call her the next day, and pointed out for the benefit of some new members, Jim and Cheryl Sanders of Ormsby Court, that Mae had lived in and participated in the neighborhood for 57 years and that Jean Crowe sitting beside her had for 73 years! Just for good measure, I threw Jim Dillon and Herb Fink - also seated nearby - into the mix and came up with well over 200 years the four of them had spent in Old Louisville. That's an impressive amount of experience - and an impressive amount of history -in one small room. It occurred to me that we needed to make better use of this heritage, and it gratified me all the more that Mae had offered what she had.

Mae was responding to a request I had made in this space several months ago, as well as to some of you individually, to share whatever you could of historical value to the neighborhood. Jean and Mel Young of Fourth Street were the first to do so. Many thanks!

If the Information Center is going to be worthy of its name, we all need to contribute what we can. I have a library and archives, as well as an oral history project, in mind. Anyone with artifacts, expertise, ideas, or recollections to share is encouraged to call Mariah or me at 635-5244, e-mail us at, or come by the Information Center. We would appreciate being able to copy any printed materials you have, and will work with you in any way possible on any other contributions.

Euripides warned that if we neglect learning, we lose the past and are dead for the future. We have been preserving our past. I'm sure we don't want the story of how we have done it to be dead to future generations.

Letters to the Editor

The following does not necessarily reflect the views of the editor, or the editorial stance of the paper: We will print letters of general interest to Old Louisville as space allows. Letters should be as concise and to the point as possible and must contain the signature, address, and phone number of the writer, though only the name will be published. We reserve the right to edit if space limitations force us to do so. No letters will be published anonymously, or under an assumed name.

Letter to the Editor: We were relieved to read in yesterday's paper (June 12 Metro) that Patricia Smith has once again been taken into custody. Two years ago, the Courier Journal ran an article explaining how Ms. Smith "slipped through the cracks" of the justice system so that she could be neither imprisoned nor hospitalized for her continual assaults on people in Old Louisville.

Over the past three weeks, Patricia has 1). Tried to enter our house at the dead of night, 2). Beaten against a neighbor's front door on another attempt to enter, and 3). Beaten against the car door of yet another neighbor in an attempt to get into her vehicle. Our own situation did not escalate to violence, but that of the neighbors obviously did, and when they called the police, they were told that "nothing can be done". I suppose that, if something would have been done, the parishioner at St. Louis Bertrand who was attacked and bitten would not be suffering the way she is now.

Cracks in the justice system cannot be that wide. When there is the prospect of monetary reward or of public and political grandstanding, the legal community finds a way to get virtually any job done. Why can't we do something about a poor soul whose long stays on the streets are endangering her and others? If Patricia stood a chance of being released into the Hurstbourne or St. Matthews neighborhoods, it is my guess that something more forceful and definite would be done about the situation.'

Under the banner of "deterrency", a large percentage of our community is willing to execute violent criminals, even if they are underage or mentally handicapped. A true and guaranteed deterrent is to stop violent crime before it happens. Patricia Smith is violent, and we have the opportunity to put her safely away before she harms another or even kills again. 

Michael Williams (Old Louisville)


Malinda, a play written by neighbor and playwright, Nancy Gall-Clayton, was performed as part of Lorna Littleway's Juneteenth Jamboree of new plays this past June at Actor's Theater. We will pass on more information in a future issue. Regrettably we received the information about these performances after the fact.

Second Street's annual appreciation dinner was held on June 20. This event will be covered in the next issue.

Thank you to David Norton for his donation to the newsletter.

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