LIMERICK TOUR

 

From the Old Louisville Information Center building in Central Park, exit west onto Magnolia Avenue. Proceed to the Seventh Street intersection, then turn north onto Seventh Street. Continue north to the Zane Street intersection. See area map.

 

In 1893, as we wind our way through Limerick, we hear the chimes of the St. Louis Bertrand Church bells. Irishmen are, coming home after another hard week's work at the L&N Railroad yards. Some move slowly toward their favorite pub, already hearing the boisterous, laughter and loud arguments about the latest political actions of the local electorate. Others make plans for Sunday's annual Hibernia picnic at Floral Park..

In the central part of Limerick., families and friends are gathering to honor the class of 1893 at the last graduation to he held at Central Colored School. Next year a new Central High will open at 9th and Magazine. It is rumored that the old high school will become an elementary school for white children. 0ne can hear the choir rehearsing "Hold High the Banner of Life," as part of its contribution to the evenings' program. A procession of nervous seniors is forming on the outside lawn to wait for the signal to enter the hallowed halls.

Let's retrace the steps of these early Irish and African-American residents as we drive through Limerick.

 

Seventh Street was named Military Road during the Civil War, because the Union Army had several installations in the Limerick area. Built about 1830, it was originally named Oakland Turnpike and was a privately-owned toll road.

The drive-through tour begins at Seventh and Zane Streets. Continue north on Seventh Street to the York Street intersection.

 

1 Seventh Street and Zane Street

In the 1800's, Charles A. Deppen had his marble works on the northeast corner of Zane where a grocery had previously been located.

 

2 1025 S. 7th Street (1893)
George Wilkes, Railroad Engineer

This 2 story duplex has Eastlake porches and fleur-de-lis motifs.

 

3. 1024 S. 7th Street (1892)
George C. Cook, Church janitor

(Manly Center property occupies the area where 1024 once stood.)

 

4. 1023 S. 7th Street (1893)
RC. Morrison, L&N Railroad Dispatcher

 

5. 1015-1017 S. 7th Street

This style is 1870 camelback shotgun. 1015 was built in 1888 for Mary Dugan, a widow.

 

6.

1018 S. 7th Street (1884)
Arts and Crafts
Manly Community Center

This was built as State University, the first black institution of higher education in Kentucky. The buildings were designed by Samuel Plato, the most successful black architect of his time and a graduate of the University. State University was later renamed to honor its first president, Dr. W. J. Simmons. Today, Simmons Bible College is located at 18th and Dumesnil.

 

7.

College Court (corner of 7th & Kentucky Streets)

One of the first public housing rental properties in the nation, and the first in Louisville, it has been converted into owner-occupied condominiums for former public housing residents.

 

8.

945-933 S. 7th Street

Built in 1890, these seven identical shotgun/camelback brick cottages have common walls and Eastlake entries. Joseph C. Hemingray, a lawyer, lived in 945. Caroline M. Roath lived in 937.

 

Turn east onto York Street for one block, then south onto Sixth Street. Continue to Oak Street.

 

9.

926-928 S. 6th Street (1888)
Richardsonian Romanesque

Known as the Seelbach-Parrish House, this was built by hotel owner, Louis Seelbach. This structure's architecture influenced the designs of other buildings in the same block. The entry is located within a semi-circular keyhole-like opening. Mr. Seelbach's hotel, located in downtown Louisville, at 500 Fourth Avenue, thrives today. Charles Henry Parrish, Sr., purchased the residence in 1919 and lived there until 1969. He was the University of Louisville's first African- American professor and department head.

 

10.

6th Street and Kentucky Street (1873)

Renaissance Revival "The Schoolhouse," now an advertising firm, was built for $23,000. Originally Central Colored School, it later became a public school for white students and was renamed Mary D. Hill School, after a pioneer organizer of kindergartens.

 

11.

1028 S. 6th Street (1891)
Joanna Clark, Purchasing Agent

This two-story, red brick town house has painted stone lintels and sills, with an extended cornice underscored by brackets. Notice the interesting landscaping it shares with its neighbor.

 

12. St. Louis Bertrand Church (1104 S. 6th Street)

The Dominican Order established a priory at this location in 1866. The Gothic Revival style church was built between 1869 and 1872 at a cost of $100,000. Three buildings constitute the complex. Community life has been centered around the church since its establishment.

 

13.

1117-1125 S. 6th Street

These camelback "shotguns" were built between 1885 and 1889 and were owned by clerks, plumbers and traders.

 

At the Oak Street intersection, turn east onto Oak Street for one block. Turn north onto Garvin Place for one block, then west onto St. Catherine Street for two blocks.

 

14.

500-600 blocks of St. Catherine

Enjoy the ambience, where several famous Old Louisville architects built their homes. Among them were Kenneth McDonald (514), L. Pike Campbell (517), and Cornelius A. Curtin (539). Others designed 605, 607 and 609. Note the interesting design of 529-531, in which one side mirrors the other.

 

At the Seventh Street intersection, turn north for one block. At Zane Street, turn east for two blocks.

 

15. 612 Zane Street (1899)
Vernacular
Julia Pomarantz, widow


This has a gabled bay, with fish scale shingles in the gable, and an Eastlake porch sheltering the entrance.

 

16. 611 Zane Street (1890)
Italianate
William Clark, harness maker

Its rich color is complemented by scalloped shingles, which fill its gable end, and by a rough-hewn stone foundation.

 

17. 610 Zane Street

This is an Italianate style built in 1891 by Samuel McKee, Jr., editor of The Louisville Times. The building is ell-shaped, with the primary entrance on the inside of the ell.

 

At the intersection of Garvin Place, turn south onto Garvin Place for one block. (Note: View 1031 on the east side of Garvin Place as you make the turn from Zane Street.)

 

18.

1031 Garvin Place (1893)
W.S. Matthews

 

19.

1033 Garvin Place (1893)
Edward M. Overstreet, bookkeeper

Note the Flemish-style gable. The porch was added later.

 

20. 1039 Garvin Place (1892)
Victorian Romanesque
Minna Korony

One of the first structures built in the block, the total cost of the lot and the house was $6,250.

 

The driving tour ends at the intersection of St.Catherine Street and Garvin Place.

 

 

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