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 8

August 2001

Old Louisville Hidden Treasures "Millennium Favorites" Garden Tour

Thank you! for such a wonderful community and the people who came together to make the garden tour in July such a success this year! We extend to the twelve homeowner groups who worked so hard to make their gardens showplaces for the tour and the over 100 volunteers who gave their time and efforts so graciously a hearty thank you and recognition! This was a special tour with twelve gardens from favorites of past tours. Those whose gardens were on the tour this year were: Hank and Ann Triplett of Belgravia Court; Randy Fraze of 7th Street, Diane and Gary Kleier of Floral Terrace; Bob and Norma Laufer of Garvin Place; Charles and Anne Arensberg of 4th Street; Dr. Wes Brewer and Woody Woodruff, Nick Wilkerson and Richard Isaacs, and Malcolm Bird of 3rd Street, and Joe Douglas and David Giles, Jan Vogel, Joanne and Zane Lockhart, and Carl Enoch and Lloyd Cole of 2nd Street.

The weather gods blessed us with perfect weather, so 700 people toured and enjoyed Old Louisville. The gardens were quite spread out geographically and many, many people walked the whole tour. They really got to enjoy the gardens, the area, and the homes. One volunteer even commented on how beautiful St. James Court is. She said she had only seen it during the Art Show with all the booths and masses of people, so she had no idea it was so beautiful. The garden Tour and the House Tour continue to provide great venues for people to "discover" the magic of Old Louisville.

Special thanks goes to Mariah Cummins of the Information Center for all her hard work in dealing with the presale tickets.

This was Peggy Mims' and my last year for co-chairing the Garden Tour- having birthed the idea, organized it, and enjoyed every minute of the tours for seven years, we think it is time for new energies and ideas. Jane Wagner and Tim Bottorff will be the co-chairs now, and will carry on the tradition quite capably.

We already have several volunteers and suggestions for gardens for future tours. If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer his or her garden, or would like to volunteer your own, please let Jane or Tim know. Planning for next year's tour will begin right after the Art Show this fall. The proceeds from the Garden Tour, of course, go right back into the beautification of our community, for such things as the street enhancements you can now enjoy while riding or walking on Second Street.

Once again, many thanks to all who helped so graciously. You are what makes Old Louisville so special!
- submitted by Virginia Ehrlich

Mariah Cummins will have left her position as Administrative Assistant at the Old Louisville Information Center as of August to attend the University of Kentucky. Mary Anne Lesher will be taking her place. Let's wish them both the best of luck!

OLNC General Membership Meetings: Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 8, Dec 6

These meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, 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.

Chair Notes

Just a note regarding the memorably hot, humid, and wet weekend of July 21-22, 2001:

Elsewhere in this issue you will read Herb Fink's report on the 4th Street Viaduct cleanup. Herb deserves a tremendous round of thanks for spearheading this effort. So do numerous City officials and workers for cooperating and assisting. I took the occasion to spend a couple of solitary hours in the undergrowth between 4th Street and the railroad tracks, clearing brush, and collected bruises, scratches, and mosquito bites along with large garbage bags (40 gallons apiece, I think) of memorabilia in somewhat less than original condition. This gave me some time to think about what motivates people to share this clutter with others and what might motivate them to stop, but I'll save that for another time.

Walking back to Stansbury Park for lunch, Jeremy Birschback of West Ormsby Avenue commented on how nice everything looked and how he thought it would stay that way for a while. I flippantly replied that the area probably would revert to type in about a week. Jeremy said, "I know what you mean, but really, there was stuff out there that had been there for a long time. It couldn't get that bad again too quickly." I indeed conceded that I had found some old stuff. A partial list would include:

 If there's a lesson here, I suppose it's that we could avoid similar accumulation of antiques with annual cleanups for this sort of site. What would be better still, of course, would be for all of us to pay notice 365 days a year and act on that notice. I would wager that at least some of the 72 of us on cleanup detail that day now have a better appreciation of that fact.

As a postscript, I did observe most of the viaducts in the area following the next days' 3 1/2" rainstorm. At the very least, traffic was able to move through the recent redeemed viaduct far sooner than it was through any of the others. I had stood in my garage wondering whether the clogged alley catch basins were going to allow the water to get above my car's hubcaps. It turned out that I was safe there by a narrow margin, but before that had become clear, a van came down the alley at a speed it shouldn't have been moving on dry pavement. Two city carts floated across the alley in its wake. Yes - they will float and they are not too large or heavy to be handled very roughly by even moderate forces of nature. The law says that they have to be kept out of the public way; assumedly, even an inch off the public way is acceptable. A stronger ordinance may not be possible, or even advisable, but if every property owner had to spend thirty minutes cleaning up after these carts, as I did once the water was down, he or she might think twice about getting them close to the alley. The worst part of the whole experience was that what they contained was just play 2001 variety slop. I couldn't even satisfy my fen for industrial archaeology!

-- Dick Callaway

Bellarmine Showcase - DuPont Mansion in September

This September the Bellarmine Showcase home is in Old Louisville. The DuPont mansion at Fourth and Oak is the site! Antoine Biderman DuPont and his family occupied this grand home during the Victorian era when Central Park was part of the DuPont estate. This building was severely deteriorated until recently purchased and renovated by Gayle and Herb Warren.

The DuPont Mansion opened in April as a Bed and Breakfast! The building was completely renovated with whirlpool tubs (private baths) in all of the rooms and beautiful antique furniture finishes each room to perfection. The rooms have been returned to grandeur befitting the past. The Warrens have beautifully restored this wonderful building and have added a patio and gardens in the rear. Fifteen-foot ceilings, central hall entry and bright airy rooms make this a perfect canvas for the Bellarmine Showcase decorators.

The Warrens are not new to the Bed & Breakfast business; they own and operate the Fleur de Lis Bed and Breakfast, Springlee in the Highlands and the DuPont Mansion. The Warrens are members of the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association and Gayle is the current president of the Bed & Breakfast Association.

Mark your calendar for the Bellarmine Showcase and visit  for more information about the Warrens' Bed & Breakfast establishments as well as other businesses in Old Louisville.

Free Will in Central Park a Success!

Summer in Old Louisville would not be the same without Free Will! Shakespeare in the Park, the oldest free Shakespeare Festival in the nation, returned for a stunning 41st season. The plays performed this year included two comedies: the old favorite, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the rarely performed, verbally charged Love's Labour's Lost. If you missed Free Will, but would still like to donate, you can call 583-8738, or check out the Shakespeare Festival's webpage at

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Property Improvement Committee Report

Improvement Work Session - South 4th Street Railroad Viaduct 
Saturday, 21 July 2001

A number of complaints have been received in regard to the condition of the South 4th Street Railroad Viaduct, including: dirty sidewalks with trash under the viaduct, trash, debris, furniture, rocks, limbs, bottles, and cans, and the smell of urine and feces within the two stairways (in the west-side stairway, the debris was 18" +/- deep), out-of-control weeds, vines, and trees with overhanging limbs, overgrowth and trash adjacent to the viaduct in Stansbury Park and the railroad right-of-way, graffiti on the walls of the stairways and under the viaduct, very dim existing lighting above the walkways and roadway under the viaduct and no lighting within the stairways, evidence of vagrants living in the stairways, and the existing security fencing had been demolished.

After a number of visits to the viaduct, prior to Saturday, 21 July, it was most obvious that pedestrians, U of L students, and walkers-joggers use the walkways frequently. Several Old Louisville folks visited with Mr. Rudolph Davidson, Director, City of Louisville Department of Solid Waste Management, who got the ball rolling for an Improvement Session to occur on Saturday, 21 July 2001, 10:00 a.m. to completion. On Monday, 16 July 2001, at 9:00 a.m., the Improvement Process began. 72 folks showed up and the work started! It took three and a half hours of hot, sweaty work, for which the following people are thanked heartily:

Debbie Powers, Marshall Moore, Jeremy Birschback, Barbara and Malcom Winsper, Rose and Fred Nett, Tom and Diane Frenette, Rhonda and Michael Williams, Dick Callaway, Lyndell Sherperd, Gonzalas Sanchez, David Norton, Jim Dillon, Ginny Keen, Virginia McCandless, Zane Lockhart, James Morris, Josh Morris, Jan Morris, Morgan Rondstall, Rob Longwell-Grice, Paul Routh, Bill Peake, Holly and Monty Evans, Lois Tash, Joe Gossman, Bob Bajandas, Herb and Marjorie Fink, Wayne Jenkins, Fred and Kathy Lane, Tom Woel, Antonio Maddox, Ken Rutledge, Mitchell Payne, Larry Owsley, William Payne, James from U of L, Officer Mike Bishop, Major Dan Assef, Bill Foster, Joyce Craig, Walter Elliott, Larry Valdez, Philip Burt, Mark Korfage, Tony Hickman, Roger Ellington, Joan Fleming, Stephen Boyd, Mesude Duyar, Tommy Goldsmith, Mike Houston, Dwight Turner, Hugh Smith, Bill Herron, Charles Washington, Wayman Elliot, Lary Ward, Rudolph Davidson, James Simmons, Charles Brame, Richmond Booker, Robert Letcher, Richard Persley, and various other police officers. Other folks who deserve credit but who were not present Saturday are: Officer Norman Warren, LPD; Leonard Butler, Assistant Director, SWMS; Alan Bishop, Arborist, Works Department. Thank you all! You did beautiful work.

According to Bill Herron, Director, City of Louisville Department of Public Works, the following are to be completed in the near future: refencing the stairways in a manner to discourage vagrants and others, with access to allow for cleaning; installation of lighting above the two stairways; installation of brighter lighting above walkways and roadway under the viaduct.

On Sunday afternoon, 22 July 2001, Old Louisville experienced a storm with 3 1/2' of rainfall. All of the viaducts within the Old Louisville neighborhood flooded except the viaduct on 4th Street - though at the height of the storm there was some water. By 8:30 p.m., when all other viaducts were still flooded, 4th Street traffic could move freely through. The catch basin gratings under the 4th Street viaduct were clean of debris.

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





Bill Casey


1300 S. Third St.

David McNease


Third Street

PJ. Steele 


Fourth Street

Wayne Jenkins


Central Park West

Gary Leist


St. James Court

Harry Knight


Treyton Oaks

Jane LaPin



Eddie McFarland


Second Street

Peggy Davis


Garvin Gate

Andy Perry


Belgravia Court

Hank Triplett


W. St. Catherine

Rhonda Williams


Ouerbacker Court 

Joan Stewart



Arnold Celantano


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

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

literati: The literary intelligentsia 
glitterati: Informal. Highly fashionable celebrities; the smart set. 
litterati: Even more informal. A dedicated band of neighbors who pick up litter. 
On West St. Catherine Street, we have our own litterati: every Sunday afternoon, a group of three or four people gather and pick up all the litter that has accumulated on our street for the last week. It's an idea that has been working, and I encourage you to start a litterati of your own!

It wouldn't have to be the same people every week. Nor would they have to be that literary or that fashionable - just dedicated and reliable. All you would need to do is organize a party of three, four, or more people who would police the street once a week, looking for litter and the opportunity to pick it up. If each of our small neighborhood associations would form its own litterati group, think what a difference it would make in our beautiful district.

It works! It really does! Start your own group, and help cleanup our historic neighborhood!              
                           Rhonda Williams
                           Beautification & Cleanliness comm. & Chair, WSCNA

America Online Billing Scam

If you use America Online, then you should always be cautious about giving out any personal information.

popular scam on AOL is to send out bulk emails to thousands of AOL users at a time, claiming that there has been an error in the billing information database, and threatening account cancellation if the customer does not go to "AOL's Billing Page" and provide all information requested. A link is provided in the email to a webpage that utilizes AOL graphics and logos. The catch is: none of these lead to AOL billing pages. AOL never requests for information to be provided through the internet. Were one to follow the instructions on the webpage and submit he requested information, one's credit card number, checking accounts, social security number, and many other forms of sensitive information would be at the hands of criminals.

These scams are almost impossible to track, according to investigators, and AOL advises that the best way to avoid trouble is to never give out any information online. Suspicious emails may be sent (for AOL members only) to TOSSPAM@AOL.COM. A healthy dose of awareness can save you years of trouble from identity theft.

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 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:

Airport Noise Compatibility Study Group Meeting #5 
Consultant Presentation of Noise Abatement Measures Recommended by Noise Study Group 
Thursday, August 23, 2001: 6:30 - 9:30 pm (pre-briefing for first-time attendees held at 6:00) 
3016 Preston Highway, Louisville KY 40217-1717 
More information available at: 

The purposes of this meeting are to:

Letters to the Editor

The following does not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or the Journal. We print letters of general interest to Old Louisville as space allows. Letters should be as concise 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.

A recent letter to the Courier-Journal regarding the litter along I-265 could not escape my notice. The complete disregard for the environment along the area thoroughfares is indeed appalling, indeed worthy of being brought to the notice of local authorities; I could not help wondering, however, how further outraged the author of this excellent letter might be were she to see the genuine mess that negligence and indifference is making in the city's residential districts.

Local activists have long been telling us about the splendor of the Old Louisville Preservation District, how our wealth of 19'" century architecture is virtually unrivalled in the American Midwest. If it is disheartening to see an interstate highway sullied by refuse, how much more the case when litter defaces an historic and residential district!

We live in Old Louisville, and sometimes it feels as though we are in a constant state of putting out brushfires: almost daily cleaning of the area in front of our house and of the surrounding block is, depressingly, to little avail. The streets and sidewalks are just as cluttered and filthy by the next morning; sometimes they are a mess within the hour. On a number of occasions I have stood at the door of my house and watched passing drivers open their windows to toss fast food wrappers and the contents of their ashtrays onto the street as they race to beat the light at the corner. Perhaps they forget that people live in the houses they pass, but as is more likely and more disturbing, perhaps they couldn't care less that somebody lives here.

There has long been a countywide favoritism toward our eastern suburbs, though the civic and media powers that be may choose to deny it. We all know that this problem would not be allowed to happen in St. Matthews or in the Hurstbourne area - editorials would harangue, petitions would circulate, and the cleaning would be done, and with more manpower than is available to a handful of harried residents. Getting all of us to work together toward the approaching merger would be so much easier if the urban neighborhoods - from the West End and Portland to Crescent Hill and the highlands - were not constantly made to feel that they are the dog that the tail is wagging. How easy a beginning it would be to stand up for the small things, to enforce more vigilantly in all neighborhoods the laws and ordinances that preserve the quality of live in any neighborhood.

I know there are laws on the books against littering in the city. Indeed, the promise to enforce more strictly Louisville's anti-noise regulations is a hopeful sin that the city still fights the good fight against some kinds of pollution. Citizens in your urban neighborhoods would owe you a debt of gratitude if you were simply to endorse the following: post in clear sight, on all city thoroughfares, warnings against littering, and be sure that the fine for such transgressions is posted as well; enforce these rules and exact these fines.

I can guarantee you'd find an ample source of short-term revenue in Old Louisville, because there's someone littering our block every hour. But more importantly, you would affirm the sense of community we are all striving to create, by reminding commuters that the streets they follow to their front doors pass by our doors as well.

Michael Williams (West St. Catherine)

Calendar of Events

Planetarium Schedule: Public performances 
NOTE: We are closed on Mondays. 
Tuesday through Friday 
Oasis in Space/Legends of the Night Sky - 2:00 p.m. & 4:15 p.m. 
Feature Laser Program: Laser Mania - 3:15 p.m. 
Friday only: 
General Laser Program: Laser Beatles - 5:30 p.m.
General Laser Program: Laser U2 - 6:30 p.m. 
Space Bus - 10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Oasis in Space/Legends of the Night Sky - 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., & 4:15 p.m. Feature Laser Program: Laser Mania - 12:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.
Space Bus - 1:00 p.m. Oasis in Space/Legends of the Night Sky - 2:00 p.m. & 4:15 p.m. Feature Laser Program: Laser Mania - 3:15 p.m.

Speed Art Museum 
September 11 - Gathering Light - Richard Ross Photography Exhibit Opens 6:00 pm -
Lecture: Richard Ross discusses his career and the exhibition of his work on view at The Speed Art Museum. Based in California, Ross's work documents a variety of subjects. Ross is best known for his photographs in museum settings and has exhibited his work widely in both Europe and the United States. His editorial work can also be seen in NYTimes Magazine, LATimes Magazine and Vogue. He has been commissioned for a one-person show at the Getty Museum in California in 2004. Auditorium. Admission is free. September 23, 3:00 p.m. - Lecture: Art & Soul: The Power of Light in Sacred Architecture

Crane House 
September 11 - Nicholas Kristof - "China Rising" - 1st in lecture series "Asia: Insights and Perspectives" 
September 14 - Fourth Annual Asian Film Festival - at Baxter Avenue Theatres 
September 27 - Japanese cooking class - 6:30 pm

Submitted by the Office of Greg Handy

With the development of the Louisville International Airport facilities and the growth in airline operations, important economic activity has benefited the City of Louisville. Along with the positive economic contributions to the City, have come negative impacts associated with noise from jet aircraft operations.

The first phase of the noise mitigation effort is represented by the current acquisition/relocation program being conducted by the Regional Airport Authority. This work will extend over the next several years.

As a precursor to a formal sound insulation program, I have initiated the Demonstration Project as second phase of the mitigation effort. Through the budget process, I have obtained a funding authorization of $750,000 to implement the Demonstration Project.

It is intended that the project will provide important information supporting a more extensive program later on. Not only will the project serve to provide key information, it will serve as a basis for the formalization of continuing efforts between the City and the Regional Airport Authority. In this regard, I have met with the Airport Director, Jim DeLong, and will continue to do so to assure coordination with the Regional Airport Authority.

The following are specific products of the Demonstration Project: 

Recently, the City of Louisville has joined in a partnership with an Internet-based community network known as "Neighborhood Link." This program enables every neighborhood association within a metropolitan area to create their own interactive website for free. Each website will have information about the neighborhoods, with links to other resources.

For more information, contact Marsha Moorman, the Neighborhood Links Coordinator at the Department of Neighborhoods at 574-3928, or go to

Your Attention, Please!

There will be an important meeting of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council on August 28, 2001 at the Information Center in Central Park... Time 7: i5 PM. This meeting concerns the flooding in the Old Louisville area each time there is a "hard" rain.

Bud Schardein from MSD will be at the meeting to answer questions... It is important to have as many of the residents of Old Louisville at this meeting as is possible.

Please choose to attend!

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