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 3

March 2001

At a Glance:  New Beds ...No Breakfast   CityCall Info   Chair Notes
Welcome to Lacy Shay's   Eagle Sighted in Central Park   Letter from the Editor 
Old Louisville Inn News   Got a Green Thumb?   Association of the Month
Neighbor in Need   As the Century Turns   Proposed Core Values
Oak St. Hardware Moves   Association Listings   Community Events

New Beds ...No Breakfast

tulip001.jpg (35231 bytes)There are new beds but no breakfast is being served at the corner of Third and Hill! The Third Street Association is continuing the green space development at Third and Hill with the planting of 1200 tulip bulbs in the new raised beds. Tulip bulbs, dirt and mulch were provided by the City of Louisville and members of the Third Street Association provided the labor on a chilly Saturday morning last February.

Many shovels make light work! All the tulip bulbs were placed in cozy earthen beds awaiting the coverlet of mulch. (The mulch was frozen solid.)

Thank you Third Street Association and City of Louisville! Special thanks to Herb Fink, who orchestrated the arrival of materials.

"What is happening in your association or on your street? Let us know so that we can get out the "good news".**


Your direct line to city government is 574-3333, (TDD: 5744091).

You can:

CityCall will document the problem then assign the problem to a city employee who will be responsible for the solution of the problem. CityCall will give the caller information regarding the resolution of the matter and a time frame for the resolution.

Chair Notes

A couple of issues ago, I mentioned that I thought we needed to work toward ensuring that all of our neighborhood was included in a single Council District under the new Greater Louisville government. I have received some response to this, which is gratifying. Some of you have questioned whether we should take that or any other position without further discussion and study. There may be no right answer on this issue, but there may very well be a best one. We plan to discuss this at the February 27 Council Board meeting. As always, it would be a good idea to speak with one voice if we can. Chances are good that the February 27 meeting will be history by the time you read this, but I'm sure no final position will have been taken. So make your voice heard.  Letters to the editor will be welcomed.

Letter writing, incidentally, is something I would like once again to encourage. The majority reaction to our publishing letters last year was positive from what I can tell. We will print all the letters we are able to.

Back to cleaning up the neighborhood - literally. I'm sure some of you are tired of hearing about this, but the problem is not going away. In fact, it seems to be getting worse. There is a general membership meeting of the Council scheduled for Thursday, March 15. It would ordinarily be earlier in the month, but scheduling conflicts have pushed it back. As reported previously, there is a new committee, chaired by Rhonda Williams, which will be addressing this problem in its entirety. At the moment, I am planning to make the March 15 meeting a joint Council/Committee meeting. Whether the meeting is a joint one or not, the problem will be addressed at that time. Come and bring your ideas with you. Rhonda's committee will continue to meet on a monthly basis. This is one more subject on which we would welcome mail.

By the way, we will be having more general meetings this year than we have had in the past. They will be held most months on the first Thursday, if possible. Watch your newsletter calendar: if the meeting is to be held, it will be posted. We will be using the Council Board meetings, to the extent possible for planning and agenda purposes, as well as reports from each neighborhood association and committee. I would like to reserve the general meetings for discussion of broad issues, for special programs or forums, and for social occasions.

One additional item that hasn't been publicized: If you have any sort of historical items or materials you would be willing to donate to the Information Center, we would love to have them. Over the next several months, we plan to assemble as much of this as possible for display and archiving. In the case of printed matter or photographs, we could copy them and return the original to you. A few of you have donated already, without being asked, and we appreciate it.

Finally, I have been remiss in not commenting sooner on the good job our new administrative assistant, Mariah Cummins, is doing. Please stop by the Center and make her acquaintance, if you haven't already.

Thank you all for your support and participation. I'll be seeing you around the neighborhood.

Dick Callaway

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Have you stopped in to welcome our new neighbor? Lacy Shay's Cafe and Espresso Bar is our new neighbor at the corner of Third and Oak. Ron and Stephanie Davis serve breakfast, lunch and desserts on weekdays from 7:00 am  - 5:00 pm and 9:00 am - 5 :00pm on weekends. In addition to deli sandwiches, pasta salads, soups and breakfast they also serve gourmet coffee and espresso, which compliment their cookies and French pastries.

Lacy Shay's is a welcome change of pace from the fast food scene. Please step in and bid our new neighbors welcome!

Eagle Sighted in Central Park

Saturday, February 9, brought reports of a young eagle in Central Park ... an Eagle Scout candidate! James Morris from BSA Troop 30 was in Central Park working on his Eagle Scout project with members of his troop. James has coordinated, organized and now implemented his project, which will result in the planting of more than 2000 tulips in eight beds in Central Park. When the project is completed and the paperwork finalized then James will attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

This project involved more than just making a few phone calls! Eagle projects are carefully planned and must be approved by a review process. When approved the plan is then actualized and must involve members of the troop. This project involved working with the troop, members of the community and the Parks department. Each step in the process is recorded and documented by the Eagle candidate. The first day of planting alone involved more than eighty man-hours. The planning stage and final summary involve many more hours of the candidate's effort.

In planning and expediting this project, James worked with many people including Scoutmaster Dan Sturtzel, Herb Fink (local landscape architect) and Stephen Boyd, Administrator of Park Services with the Parks Department. The Parks Department donated the tulips, planting materials, and tools, and the Fourth Street Neighborhood Association was also a generous contributor to the project. James arranged delivery and planting of the many varieties of tulips and directed the process of planting the bulbs. This young man is truly an inspiration to all of us, and his efforts will benefit the community for many years to come.

On behalf of OLNC, OLIC and everyone in Old Louisville, many thanks to James Morris, BSA Troop 30, Herb Fink and the Parks Department!

James is the son of Jan Morris and Nancy Gall-Clayton who live on Second Street and has a twin brother, Josh, who is also working on an Eagle project.

Only a few Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. Congratulations James!

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Boy Scouts Doing a Good Deed in Front of the Information Center in Central Park 

Letter from the Editor

This issue of the newsletter contains a brief description of one of the neighborhood associations. In future issues we will visit each of the associations in Old Louisville. This is your newsletter. Send your news and concerns to the Information Center! The Eagle Scout article in this issue was prompted by neighbor's phone call. Please help us share our local happenings.

On another note ... this issue should contain a listing of the neighborhood associations and their officers. This information may or may not be current and correct. We are publishing it so that we can update our files and apologize in advance for any incorrect information. Please remember that the newsletter is sent to the membership of the associations and we cannot send the newsletter to members if you have not submitted a membership list! It is the responsibility of each association to submit the information and we appreciate your assistance.

Please remember the Information Center as you do your spring-cleaning. Items that you have no use for, (especially documents, scrapbooks, clippings, etc., are valuable to the Center. The Center is also looking for a large conference table.

Again, your help is needed to make this newsletter work. Please contact us with your comments and concerns.

The Old Louisville Inn

Many of us here in Old Louisville have the privilege to be owners and caretakers of these grand old Victorian homes. Since 1990 Marianne Lesher has been the caretaker and innkeeper at the Old Louisville Inn, one of the grandest ladies in Old Louisville. This grand dame will soon pass to a new caretaker. The Old Louisville Inn is for sale. At the time of publication this will probably be old news, but it is a newsworthy event.

This beautiful Beaux Arts Mansion was built in 1901 as the principle residence of John Armstrong who was president of the old Home Telephone Company. The foyer is filled with ornate mahogany columns, elaborate ceiling murals, intricate cornice work in addition to amazing craftsmanship found in these beautiful buildings. Its 12,000 square foot interior housed offices and most recently has been a Bed & Breakfast operated by Marianne Lesher. The Bed & Breakfast enjoys a fine reputation and has been a preferred gathering place for neighbors, neighborhood meetings as well as guests!

We wish Marianne well and hope that she will stay in the neighborhood. She and the Old Louisville Inn are good neighbors.

Got A Green Thumb?

Limerick Community Garden has a few plots for new gardeners, available on a first come, first served basis. If interested, telephone CITY CALL, 574-3333, for information. Or call Jerie Britton, Site Coordinator, at 637-9988.

Association of the Month

Who are the neighbors in our neighborhood? Each month we will spotlight a neighborhood association. This month's spotlight is on OLBPA. This neighborhood association is a just a little different from the others because its members may or may not live in the neighborhood. OLBPA is the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association. The members of this association are the business owners and professionals who maintain offces in our neighborhoods. Boundaries for this association are Broadway on the north, and the University of Louisville on the south, I - 65 on the east and Seventh Street on the west. Membership includes businesses and professionals who maintain offices or practice within this area.

The OLBPA describes itself as "History and commerce working together toward a bright future". The mission of this organization is best described with its own words. "The Old Louisville Business and Professional Association was founded as a means to promote existing businesses and attract new entrepreneurs and ventures within the historic Old Louisville neighborhood while fostering fellowship and support among its members." When the association was founded there were but fifteen members. That number has increased to 200! Here members have a forum where they can discuss problems and concerns unique to doing business and living in an historic community

OLBPA is not a static organization. The membership is active in the pursuit of promoting our neighborhoods as a good place to live and work. This association is pro-active in assisting the development and safety in our neighborhoods and has pursued city grants for projects that enhance the area. Many of the members of this association live in the neighborhoods as well as operate businesses here. The membership has a vested interest in maintaining the historic value of the area and sense of community while encouraging economic development that will benefit all. This association is active in planning and development within the area providing a neighbor's voice as well as a business concern. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month and membership is fifty dollars per year. For more information about OLBPA please contact any of the officers and visit the website,

This year's officers are:

President: Arnold Celantano
Vice-President: Gary Kleier
Secretary: Sandy Mullins
Treasurer: Diana Jachimiak


Gary Kleier, Diana Jachimiak , Sandy Mullins
Gary Kleier, Diana Jachimiak , Sandy Mullins


Neighbor in Need

When was the last time you visited an old friend? Would you help a neighbor in need? There is an old friend in the neighborhood who misses you and needs a little help. That friend and neighbor is the Conrad/Caldwell House.

This neighborhood landmark was built around the turn of the century and is truly a fine representation of the homes of that era. "....The Conrad/Caldwell House is an extraordinary example of Victorian Romanesque Revival Architecture. It was commissioned by Louisville businessman Theophilus Conrad, and designed by architect Arthur Loomis. The beautiful carved stone exterior is matched on the interior by extraordinary wood carvings and wood work. The house exemplifies the ambitions of the rising business class during and after Civil War reconstruction and the lifestyle of many Louisville entrepreneurs at the turn of the century." Each room reflects a lifestyle that was common for homes of this magnitude and touring the mansion takes you back in time to an era of opulence and romance. Visiting hours are Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon until 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Group tours are welcome at other times by appointment.

Attendance increases in the approaching spring season and volunteers are few. The house is maintained by the St. James Court Historic Foundation which is a non-profit organization. The foundation needs our help! Volunteers are needed for cleanup before the city trash pick-up on March 5. Volunteers are also needed for docent positions. If you can help in any capacity, please call to have your name placed on the list of volunteers.

In addition to volunteering we can help in other ways. The cost of maintaining a building of this size and age is considerable. The Conrad/Caldwell House is funded by attendance, events and income from rental of the wings for events and use of the facility has declined. If you have an upcoming event, call for availability of the halls. The wings at the house are available for weddings, showers, business meetings and catered affairs. Renovated studio rooms will be available soon. Memberships will also be available and monetary donations are always appreciated. If you can support this grand lady in any manner or have any questions please-contact the staff by phone (502-636-5023), fax (502-6361264) or e-mail (

Look for new programs, plans and changes at the museum. The foundation board will soon announce a new director and new plans for the Conrad/Caldwell House.

     When season
  and religion meet

This Sunday at 10:55

A welcoming congregation
A church that puts its faith in you

First Unitarian Church
4th and York St.


The Conrad/Caldwell
House Museum

Rental facilities available
for parties, weddings,
meetings and retreats

open Wednesday through Sunday
afternoons for public tours

1402 St. James Court
Louisville, KT40208
(502) 636-5023


Free Smoke Detectors

It's unusual to get anything for free, but the City of Louisville feels your safety is important. If you are a homeowner, the Louisville Division of Fire and Rescue will give you a FREE smoke detector for your home.

Firemen will also furnish free replacement batteries as needed for your detector. Be safe! If you need a smoke detector or replacement battery, call CityCall
at 574-3333.

As the Century Turns

At the height of the Victorian era the residents of Old Louisville celebrated and supported music and the arts. Parties and gatherings included musical and vocal performances. It is the turn of another century and Old Louisville has come full circle. On December 2, 2000 at the home of John Martin-Rutherford and Jeffrey Rouse, neighbors and guests were treated to a preview performance given by the Kentucky Opera Rudd-Young Artists. This gathering provided the artists with a "practice performance" in preparation for their formal performance.

These Rudd-Young Artists were part of a new program at the Kentucky Opera funded by Mason Rudd and the Kentucky Opera. This scholarship program funds five artists for a period of three years. Artists are selected through annual competitions. As part of this internship program these artists performed in a statewide outreach program, which brought special condensed version of Rigoletto, complete with costumes, to children in Kentucky schools. The artists selected this year were Eric McKeever, baritone, from Ohio; Emily Sinclair, soprano, from Chicago; Phumzile Sojola, tenor, from South Africa; Rebekah Bortz, mezzo-soprano, from Louisville; and Lisa Hasson, accompanist.

These talented artists lived here in Old Louisville from late August through December while they studied with the Kentucky Opera and performed in the outreach program. Experience gained through these performances in the old homes in our neighborhoods is invaluable to the artists. Hopefully these programs will have continued support so that they will become more prevalent in our neighborhood!

If you would like more information about this program or opera performance in Louisville please contact the Kentucky Opera Company at 502584-4500.

Standing: Eric McKeever (baritone), John Martin-Rutherford, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Phumzile Sojola (tenor)
Seated.- Lisa Hasson (accompanist), Emily Sinclair (soprano), Rebekah Bortz (mezzo soprano)


Corner of Second & Oak Sts.
1161 S. Second St.     Lee R. Jones, Owner
Louisville, KY 40203             502-540-5080


Proposed "Core Values" for the Neighborhood Council

The Core Values Committee of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council met on Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm at the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park. Present were: Andy Perry, chair, Peggy Cummins (West St. Catherine Street Association), Diane Glaser-Kleier (Central Park West Association), Peggy Davis (Second Street Association), Jane LaPin (Treyton Oak Towers), Wayne Jenkins (Fourth Street Association), Joan Stewart (Ouerbacker Court Association), and Rose Nett (Garvin Gate Association).

The purpose of the committee was to define a set of core values to assist in creating a mission statement for the OLNC and to guide the organization is making decisions and pursuing grant support for the OLNC.

The committee, after discussion, formulated three core values:

1 . As a nationally recognized historical district, the architecture of Old Louisville must be protected for present and future generations.

2. Streetscapes must be pedestrian friendly and historically correct.

3. Diversity enriches our neighborhood.

The committed will meet again on Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm, Old Louisville Information Center, to discuss feed back, suggestions, and comments on the core values from the individual neighborhood associations.

Please discuss the formulated core values with your neighborhood association and notify me of any changes or additions your association would like to make, I can be reached at 634-8613 or email .

Andy Perry

Oak Street Hardware Moves

Oakst001.jpg (41397 bytes)Recently Oak Street Hardware moved to the corner of Second and Oak. Lee Jones, owner, has expanded the store to better serve our community. The hardware store is a business neighbor and Lee is a member of OLBPA. Businesses like Oak Street Hardware are important to the successful development of our neighborhoods. Stop in and talk to Lee, check out the inventory and if there is something that you need, then let him know!

Junk Pick-Up Date - March 5

All items should be at your collection point by 6:00 a.m. on Monday of your collection week, but not earlier than the Friday before the collection date. Items placed out on the wrong dates could result in fines. If there are any questions contact CityCall.

Central Park Clean-up Coming In April!

Neighborhood Associations in Old Louisville/Limerick

We have attempted to compile the following information in a very short time. We apologize to those associations that have incomplete or missing information. We understand that some associations have just elected new officers or are about to conduct elections.

1427 S 1st St
President: Bill Casey Phone: 634-3410
Vice-President: Dennis Lisak 
Meetings: 2nd Thursday each-month
Meeting Place: St. Philip Neri @ 7:00 pm

1300 3rd Street 
1300 S 3rd St 
President: David McNease 
Phone: 635-0190
Meetings: Last Sunday of the month @ 700p m, 
Meeting Place: Varies

3rd Street 
1414 S 3rd St
President: P. J. Steele Phone: 635-6741
Vice-President: Anne Bernardini  Phone: 635-5000
Treasurer: Joe Martos Phone: 636-1848
Secretary: ,Marjorie Fink
Phone: 635-6785
Meetings: Third Wednesday, @ 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Varies

Dues: $5perperson 
E-mail address:

4th Street 
1381 S,4th St
President: Wayne Jerkins  Phone 634-8587
Vice-President: Dot Wade  Phone: 635-7885
Treasurer: Mark Eliason Phone: 634-8587
Meetings: Fourth Thursday, each month 

Meeting Place: Varies
Dues: $15 per household 
Members: 27
E-mail address: 

Central Park West 
President: Gary Leist Phone: 637-3454
Secretary: Janice Theriot  Phone: 637-7275
Meetings: 4th Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place: Haskins Hall (Conrad/Caldwell House)
Dues: $l0 per person 
Members. 30 
E-mail address: 

St. James Court 
1428 St. James Court 
President: Harry Knight Phone: 634-1972

Treyton Oaks
211 West Oak #1117
President Thelma Kohlberg  Phone: 587-1028
Vice President: Bill Zipper
Treasurer: Ann Vandercook
Mary Johnson 

538 W. St. Catherine
President: Eddie McFarland Phone: 583-6147
Treasurer: Ruth McFarland Phone: 583-6147
Secretary: Denny.Preddy
Meetings: 3rd Monday
E-mail address. 

2nd Street 
President Peggy Davis  Phone 634 1640 M
Vice-President: Virginia Ehrlich  Phone: 634 0717 
Treasurer: Zane Lockhart Phone: 636-17_51
Secretary: Caroline Martinson Phone:636-2797
Board members: Jerry Birschbach, Morgan Ransdell, Judy Simpson
Meetings: Last Sunday @ 5:00 p.m.
Meeting,place: Kling Center
E-mail address EhrlichV@aolcom  

Garvin Gate 
1208 S 6th St 
President: Andy,Perry  634 8613

Belgravia Court
513 Belgravia Court
President: Hank Triplett  Phone: 636-2925
Vice-President: Lee Bucholz 
Treasurer:  Greg Cardwell-Copenhefer
Secretary: Anne Triplett Phone: 636 2925 
Meetings: Approximately ~6 per year as needed
Meeting Place: Varies
Dues: None 
E-mail address: 

West St. Catherine 
Address: 622 West  St. Catherine
President: Rhonda Williams Phone: 584-9231
Vice-President: Laurie Bledsoe 
Treasurer: Dennis Lolly 
Secretary: Neal Nixon
Meetings: Informal as needed w--.
Meeting Place: Varies_
Dues: $5 per family 
E-mail address: 

Ouerbacker Court
Address: 1258 0uerbacker Court
President: Joan Stewart Phone: 634-3810
Meetings:Last Monday of each month
Meetmg Place: Varies

Secretary: Sandy Mullins
President: Arnold Celantano
Vice-President: Gary Kleier
Treasurer: Diana Jachimiak
web site: 


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 nonprofit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as the recognzed voice of the Old Louisville Neighborhood. Submit Journal contributions to Mariah Cummins, Old Louisville Information Center, 1340 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40208.

Phone: (502) 635-5244


At a Glance:  New Beds ...No Breakfast   CityCall Info   Chair Notes
Welcome to Lacy Shay's   Eagle Sighted in Central Park   Letter from the Editor 
Old Louisville Inn News   Got a Green Thumb?   Association of the Month
Neighbor in Need   As the Century Turns   Proposed Core Values
Oak St. Hardware Moves   Association Listings   Community Events

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