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 12

December 2001

Reception to honor Mayor Armstrong
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00PM
Old Louisville Information Center

2001 Victorian Yuletide House Tour
Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd

Noon to 7:00PM - Tickets $15 day of tour, $12 in advance
To purchase tickets in advance please call, purchase on line, or stop by the
Old Louisville Information Center 635-5244
Gift Shop Sneak Preview: Friday, Nov. 30th 6:00PM to 9:00PM


Elections of Officers and Board Members will be at the General Membership Meeting on Thursday, December 13 at 7:00PM



My name is John Sistarenik and I am running for the position of Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC). I have lived in Old Louisville since 1986. I teach American government and world politics at Jefferson Community College. I have served as Chair of the Garvin Gate Association, OLNC Vice Chair (1994-95) and OLNC Chair (1996-97). I am a member of the Zoning and Land Use and Property Improvement Committees. I have been involved in the neighborhood's battles with Louisville International Airport since 1988. I am currently Vice Chair of the Airport Neighbors' Alliance. I am a member of the Regional airport Authority Noise Study which is formulating a new noise abatement and mitigation plan. I chaired a special meeting on October 10 to inform the neighborhood on the status of that plan. I am currently the Chair of the Victorian Yuletide House Tour which I urge everyone to attend on December 1-2.


VICE-CHAIR - JOAN STEWART Resident of Ouerbacker Court since 1995, Chairperson of Ouerbacker Court Neighborhood Association for the two years of its existence which received the 2000 Mayor's Award. Avid gardener, teacher of mathematics at duPont Manual High School for thirty-plus years, Board Member for the Information Center 2000-2001 during which I participated in the Old Louisville Journal Newsletter Committee, Mission Statement Committee, Central Park Clean-up and Oak Street Cleanup. Quote: "loves Old Louisville".



Jan has lived on Second Street and has lived in Old Louisville for 20 years. Has been OLNC Secretary for the past four years. He is a local attorney.



Bob has lived in Old Louisville since 1984 and is 17 years into his 10 year plan to restore his home. He served as OLNC/OLIC treasurer in 2001. He previously served as OLNC/OLIC Chair (1992-93), Vice-chair (1990-91), and Immediate Past-chair (1994-95). He is a member of the Third Street Neighborhood Association.



As a resident of Old Louisville for three years, I am thrilled to be nominated to the Old Louisville Information Center Board. Currently in my 16th year of teaching, I work with 7th and 8th graders at Anchorage Public School. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Kentucky. I have been the recipient of two teaching grants from the formerly known Louisville Community Foundation. One of the grants helped to establish a student art exchange with a school in Hungary. My summers are always filled with international travel. I have managed to visit 27 countries over the past ten years with high school students through People to People Student Ambassador Programs. I currently serve as the area director for People to People for the region stretching from Bloomington, Indiana to Memphis, Tennessee. My most recent trip was to Costa Rica this past summer and next summer promises hiking on the Inca Trail in Peru. Locally, I attend the Property Improvement Committee meetings and I serve on the Old Louisville/Limerick Neighborhood Traffic Task Force. I look forward to becoming even more involved in my neighborhood by serving on the OLIC Board.


OLIC BOARD—MARY MARTIN Mary Martin moved to this neighborhood in 1982, after purchasing her first property before the sewers blew. I have seen numerous changes in the neighborhood during this time and have always been pleased with the increasing interest that neighbors take in the homes, history and events affecting our homes. The neighborhood pride shows from the streets and from the participation. I want to increase this sense of pride and participation through developing new skills and events at the Information Center and in our historic neighborhood.

I have been, or am a member of Second Street, Third Street, Old Louisville Business & Professional Association, and Conrad/Caldwell House board. Currently, I am the vice chair of the Conrad/Caldwell House board, a board member of the Old Louisville Information Center, a member of the Old Louisville Journal committee and a member of the 3rd Street Art Show Group. In my spare time, I garden, renovate, read and sell and buy real estate as an agent with Paul Semonin.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate!



Andy Perry is the President of the Garvin Gate Association and has held that office for three years as well as serving on the current OLIC Board. He is President of the board of Directors of Arts Kentucky, a member of the Speed Art Museum Teacher Advisory Board and GlassWorks Teacher Advisory Committee. For 4 years he was the Executive Director of Artswatch, a contemporary arts presenter, and now teaches Drama and Humanities for Noe Middle School at Lee and Second Street.



Gary Kleier is 53 years of age, married to Diane Glaser-Kleier and has three children, Allison, Eric and Brent. Mr. Kleier attended St. Xavier High School, Bellarmine College, The University of Detroit and Wayne State University. He holds the degrees of: Bachelor of Arts in Planning, Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture. In addition, Mr. Kleier has two years of post graduate education in Urban Planning.

In 1977, Mr. Kleier opened the architectural firm of Kleier Associates. The firm, now located in Old Louisville, specializes in the renovation and restoration of historic architecture, with projects in numerous eastern and southern states as well as Old Louisville. In addition, the firm is involved with the design and construction of indoor soccer facilities throughout the eastern half of the country, shopping center design, multi-family residential, light industrial and warehousing.

Mr. Kleier and his wife moved to Old Louisville in 1989. They soon became involved in the redevelopment of Floral Terrace, a walking court on the west side of the historic district. Through their efforts and those of numerous neighbors, this area has developed into one of the most desirable residential areas in Old Louisville.

Mr. Kleier was a vice-chair of the Cornerstone 2020 Task Force that developed Jefferson County's new land use ordinance. He was also heavily involved in the Old Louisville/Limerick Task Force that developed the revised neighborhood plan and the uniquely new Urban and Traditional Neighborhood zoning ordinance currently under consideration by the Board of Aldermen. Currently, Mr. Kleier serves as vice president of the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Conrad/Caldwell House.



Lois was educated at Cochran, duPont Manual and UofL. She has lived virtually her entire life in Old Louisville on 3rd Street, except for a ten year hiatus in Miami, Florida. This extended exposure and experience, within the area, has given her a great opportunity to have witnessed the many changes that have occurred in Old Louisville, with the current renaissance being the most exciting yet. She is a member of the Third St. Neighborhood Assn, the OLBPA and the OLNC. She has also applied elbow grease to neighborhood work programs such as the Hill St. Linear Park, the 4th St. Viaduct and the recent Oak St. clean up.

Lois obtained her real estate license in 1986, and after being with Paul Semonin for five years and Re/Max for eight, Lois formed her own real estate company, "" and currently specializes in residential properties.

She is a divorced mother of three . . .DOGS, that is. Sydney, Shadow and Tigger were all rescued, at various times, from a questionable future.

Lois is delighted at the possibility of being nominated for the OLIC Board and is anxious to be working for Old Louisville's "population mosaic . . . our strength".

Neighborhood Associations in the News

1300 So. Third St. Assoc.

For those of us living in the 1300 block of South Third Street, the first weekend in October means crisp days, brilliant red and orange leaves…and artists’ booths in front of our houses!

Our Association is part of the St James Court Art Show Consortium and our members spend many hours each year organizing our portion of the show.

When you walk through our neighborhood, you can see evidence of what we have done with some of the proceeds from the art show. Installing period lighting was a project several years ago and art show proceeds are still used to pay the monthly LG& E bill.

Our major project for 2001 was placing a decorative address plaque at the sidewalk level of each Association member’s home. The plaques also indicate the year the house was built.

Our Association donated art show proceeds to other Old Louisville groups and projects:

The Louisville Fifth District Police received more than $2,500 to purchase and outfit two bicycles that will be used to patrol all of Old Louisville. In addition, our Association donated to the Fifth District’s mural fund.

This past Spring, the 1300 Association presented a check to the Ouerbacker Court Association to purchase flowers for the planter urns in the Court’s common areas.

The Association helped support the Central Park Spring clean up and the October Oak Street clean up.

The Association donated funds to the Filson’s Club remodeling effort this past year.

The Kentucky Shakespeare Association received monetary donations this summer and also a complementary booth during the art show.

Judy Seale, Assoc. Member


45th St. James Ct. Art Show
Declared impressive
despite recent national events

I would like to thank this community for making the 45th anniversary St. James Court Art Show the best one I have had the pleasure to be a part of in my seven years as its director. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen larger crowds. But more impressive than the number of people was how they showed their support through their purchases. What a way to embrace these artists who, in light of recent national events, fought the temptation to give up altogether, and instead used either time and talent to bring comfort and beauty to us through their work. Additionally, money spent at the show served to stimulate and strengthen our local and national economies at a much needed time. I am proud that the St. James Court Art Show and Old Louisville can be a springboard for the positive and far-reaching effect that art can have on us all. I thank everyone who contributed to the show’s success!

Susan Coleman, Director
St. James Court Art Show

Letter to the Editor:

On Saturday, October 27, hundreds of volunteers aged three to 80 from apartments on Oak Street to suburbs in Oldham County came to stack up junk, pull weeds out of crannies and clean up Oak Street from 8th Street through Floyd; the pile of debris looked to be 15 feet high and 49 feet long. Then cheerful city workers hauled it away and new trees and flowers were planted along the route. Oak Street has never looked so attractive and vibrant, and this cooperation between city and citizens should be celebrated!

Grateful thanks go to Herb Fink (nicknamed that day “Little Napoleon”) for leading the team, to Mayor Dave Armstrong for providing the city’s technical and financial support, to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association for enlisting volunteers, to Treyton oaks Towers for providing the place where every imaginable variety of ages, colors, and social classes gathered to share a meal and rejoice at this victory in the battle against blight. They all presented an example of harmony that can inspire this city to reclaim historic Old Louisville by energizing Oak Street.

Ken Pyle
The Rudyard Kipling
422 West Oak Street
Louisville, KY 40203
November 6, 2001

Kleier Associates

Specializing in Historic
Design & Renovation

P.O. Box 3343 Louisville, KY 40201-3343
502 634-1006

Circa 1900
A Resource Center for:
Period Materials, Design
Project Management Services

P.O. Box 3343 Louisville, KY 40201
502 634-1006

5th District—Auto Theft and Auto Break-ins
“Let’s Beat the Odds”

Auto Theft and Auto Break-ins are one of our top problems in the Old Louisville area. We of the Fifth district hope to “Beat the Odds” by giving you eight (8) hot tips on a safe and money saving way of securing your automobiles.

  1. Lock It and Pocket the Key: The majority of stolen cars were left unlocked. Whether you leave your car for a moment or for several hours, ALWAYS double check to see that all doors and windows are secure, lock your car and take the keys with you.

  2. Control Your Keys: Keep car keys and house keys on separate rings. Never have an identification tag on your key ring, this only helps the thief locate your car should your keys be lost or stolen. Never hide an extra car key under the hood or bumpers. Criminals know where to look for hidden keys.

  3. Secure Your Registration: DO NOT keep your vehicle registration inside your car. Carry it with you, perhaps with your drivers license and insurance card.

  4. Park in Well Lighted and Busy Areas: This is important for your personal safety as well as for the protection of your car. If you usually park in an unprotected area, consider installing an interior hood release. You can also use “The Club” or its equal, even install a car alarm. The last two will save you money on your insurance as well as protect your car.

  5. Report suspicious or abandoned car and Suspicious Persons: Call the Police immediately (547-7111) if you suspect a theft has occurred or is about to. Call City Call (574-3333) for removal of abandon cars. Please have location, Make/Model, and License Number.

  6. Join Operation Identification: Mark “KY and a number that is indicative to you. (example: Tax Number, Birth Date, etc.) on equipment and accessories such as battery, stereo, CB radio and hub caps. Your police department will loan you an engraving tool and furnish you with “Operation Identification Warning Stickers.” (Call the Fifth District 574-7010 for engravers).

  7. Secure Valuables and Parcels: Never leave your checkbook, credit cards or other valuables unattended in your car. When shopping, lock parcels and other valuables in the trunk of your car. Old Louisville parking is usually on the street so when parking your car for the evening take everything out of your car and lock it up tight.

  8. Discourage the Theft: Operation V.I.N. is free to the public. This program engraves your vehicle identification number on all your windows. This will deter auto theft for the purpose of resale. It will also help lower your insurance cost for 5% to 15% according to your insurance company. For your free etching call the Fifth District at 574-7010.

Let’s have a safe and secure year by remembering these 

Officer Terra Long,
Community Liaison Officer


Valet Parking-Thanks

I wish to thank those people who helped make the St. James Art Show Valet Parking experiment a great success.

To Susan Coleman: Thank you for asking Central Park West to undertake this venture and for supporting us with your press releases and maps.

To Major Dan Assef: Thank you for supporting us during the difficult times on Friday. In spite of all the problems we created for you and your people, you were terrific.

To Doug Profit, WHAS TV and The Courier-Journal: Thank you for the fine press coverage you gave us. It was sincerely appreciated by a group of people who were scared to death that no one would know about us.

To the volunteers from Kappa Sigma Fraternity: You guys were lifesavers. You jumped in and worked when and where you were needed. Your energy and enthusiasm were infectious. We look forward to working with you again next year.

To the volunteers from West St. Catherine and Ouerbacker Court: Thanks for joining with us. You made it possible for this experiment to go forward. With your help, ideas and support, next year will be even better.

To the volunteers from Central Park West: Thanks everyone. Your planning and efforts at pulling all of the pieces together were priceless. You truly were the backbone of this whole effort.

And to the most important people of all—the members of the community that supported us by allowing us to park your cars: Without you, all of our efforts, planning and preparation would have been worthless. I hope you will return next year and allow us to serve you again.

I sincerely apologize to those who stood in the rain with me on Friday. Be assured, no one will stand in the rain again.

In spite of a rocky start on Friday, all of those involved considered Valet Parking a success and voted overwhelmingly to continue again next year. We learned a lot and we are planning improvements to our service sure to make the process more convenient and pleasant for everyone involved.

Gary Kleier
Central Park West Association

SATURDAY, 27 October 2001, 8:30AM to Noon
Property Improvement Committee Report

On the above mentioned Saturday morning, a clear-crisp-coldish morning, approximately 250+/- folks gathered on Oak Street and undertook nine separate improvement projects.

The planning for these projects started during in August.

The City of Louisville Works Department staff undertook certain improvements and started their work during in October under the direction of Alan Bishop, City Arborist, as follows:

The cost of the above work was approximately $30,000.

The open spaces division of the City of Louisville Works Department, under direction of Col. George Clausen secured tools, 400+ bags of mulch, 5,000 daffodil bulbs, machinery and drilling equipment for planting daffodils. Col. Clausen’s staff started the drilling process Friday, before the session.

Debbie Powers, a teacher in the Anchorage Public School system, invited approximately 40 students, parents, and friends from the Anchorage Public Schools and the Anchorage Community.

Joan Stewart, a teacher at DuPont Manual High School, invited a number of students from Manual High School.

On Saturday morning, LPD closed Oak Street from Floyd to 7th Street, barricades were place and the work commenced. The Louisville and Jefferson County Parks Department staff arrived early under direction of John Fleming, Parks Assistant Director and proceeded with certain work in Toonerville Park and along Oak Street. Parks also provided three gaters and one bobcat which were immensely helpful.

Each block or project along Oak Street was undertaken by one or more neighborhood associations and directed by these association representatives:

Floyd St. to Brook St.—Toonerville Association, Ouerbacker Ct. Association, Bill Casey, providing direction.

Brook St. to First St.—St. James Court Association, Belgravia Court Association, Dave Merideth, providing direction.

First St. to 2nd St—Second Street Association, Zane Lockhart, providing direction.

2nd St. to 3rd St—1300 So. Third St. Association., Bill Gilbert, providing direction.

3rd St. to 4th St.—Fourth St. Association, Wayne Jenkins, providing direction.

4th St. to Garvin Place—West St. Catherine St. Association, Rhonda Williams, providing direction. Old Louisville Business and Professional Association., Gary Kleier, providing direction.

Garvin Gate Planters—Garvin Gate Association., Fred Nett and Andy Perry, providing direction.

Garvin Place to 6th St.— Third St. Association., Lois Tash and Malcolm Bird, providing direction.

6th St. to 7th St.— Central Park West Association, Gary Leist, providing direction.

The work undertaken included:

  • Grading of planter areas.

  • Planting 5,000 daffodil bulbs.

  • Placing 400+ bags of mulch.

  • Removing debris and thorough cleaning of adjacent parking lots, sidewalks and gutters.

  • Trimming adjacent plants.

  • Planting Third and Oak corner planter.

  • Planting 40+ plants at Garvin Gate.

  • Cleaning and debris removal in certain alleyways. The 2nd St. Association delivered this huge mountain of debris to the middle of Oak Street.

As noon-time drew near, the City of Louisville Department of Solid Waste, with a staff of 15 folks directed by Robert Letcher, picked up all bags, trash and debris and then swept and washed down all of Oak Street.

Upon completion, all nine projects appeared as though they had been undertaken by one single group.

At 12:00 noon all workers gathered into the east dining room at Treyton Oak Towers for a hearty lunch. Treyton Oak Towers is 

centrally located and a perfect venue for all to gather. Jane LaPin, Cristi Cobbin, director of Activities and Bob Brown, Chief of Security at Treyton Oak had everything perfectly arranged.

Much of the lunch was provided via generously from Old Louisville businesses and others as follows:

Treyton Oak Towers-Coffee and Hot Drinks, Mark’s Feed Store-barbequed chicken boxes, Anchorage PTA-barbequed chicken boxes, Kroger-drinks, vegetable trays, Walnut Street Chili Parlor-chili, Toonerville Association-Drinks, Winn-Dixie-Drinks, chips, vegetable trays and sheet cakes, Rudyard Kipling-Burgoo and Bearno’s Pizza donated Pizza.

The lunch was enjoyed by all workers and a party atmosphere was most obvious.

Generous contribution which helped to underwrite this event were received from the following groups:

PIC extends our sincere “Thank you” to all workers, the City of Louisville, and all contributors who helped to improve Oak Street and make this session a huge success.

ALLEY PAVING DEMONSTRATION PROJECT The City of Louisville Department of Public Works is planning to test a paving process within an existing alley to the rear of 629 West Magnolia Ave. The demonstration will involve a brick-colored asphalt which after being placed will be imprinted with a brick texture referred to as "Streetprint Pavement Texturing". Upon completion, the alley will appear to be of a brick-like appearance. The PIC will be eager to see how the demonstration turns out.

YOGA IS HERE! Beginning on November 28, 2001 Hatha Yoga will be offered at the Information Center in Central Park on Wednesday evening at 6:00PM, lasting for approximately one hour. The cost of each class is $6.00 with an 8-week commitment urged but not required. Come, bring a mat or towel and join in the inaugural yoga class at the Information Center.

St. James Food Booth Wrap up News and Honoring Mayor Armstrong

Chair Notes:

2001 marked a new era for the St. James Food Booth. The Council’s only fund raising project which previously had been superintended by volunteers since its beginning. Chris Brian of Associated Enterprises, who has lent his expertise to the effort for some years, this year became the Food Booth’s first professional manager. Volunteer labor was in evidence, but the major responsibility was on Chris’s (very broad) shoulders, not the Council’s.

The result was one of the best years. If not for a rainy Friday afternoon, it would very likely have been the best. In the end we were able to take $15,685.72 to the bank.

Thank you, Chris! We look forward to a long and increasingly profitable relationship.

During the past two years, I have often thought that we should hold a reception at the Information Center for the Mayor and other City officials so we all could get better acquainted. I almost let my term of office end without having arranged this, as it turns out, we can make this a thank-you event for the support we have received during 2000-2001. Speaking for myself and I suspect for most of you as well, I appreciate Mayor Armstrong’s urban vision and have found working with his administration a pleasure.

On Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00PM at the Information Center, we will meet to honor Mayor Armstrong and his administration for their help and encouragement. City department heads and key personnel who have worked with us will be present. This is a purely social event—not business, not political. So come and enjoy. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Dick Callaway, Chair


Old Louisville On-Line  is a wonderful internet website to learn all about Old Louisville. It is loaded with interesting information—historical and current, about our neighborhood. Take a look at the Old Louisville Journal on this site.  is a site hosted by the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association. Currently, they have a holiday theme game in progress. Check it out, you may win something and learn about the businesses in the neighborhood.  is an internet site that is currently being redesigned, this site is hosted by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and will have content relating to the neighborhood associations, the Information Center and the Neighborhood Council.  is a city run site that you can type in your zip code or any other zip code and find information about the area of interest.

This postcard was mailed in 1910.
You may find this and other fun Old Louisville information at

Old Louisville Business and Professional
Association News

My first year as president of OLB&PA is coming to a close. We have made progress in developing the Oak St. corridor, our interactive website, and

Our committees are working on Tourism and Property Improvement in coordination with the OLNC. I want to thank our members and the Neighborhood Associations for their work on these projects and support of new businesses that have opened in Old Louisville.

I will be president of OLB&PA for 2002 and look forward to a prosperous year with more new businesses and completing on going projects in conjunction with the city and Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

Our December 12 meeting will be a combination Holiday Party/Membership kick off. Bring a new member to the party!

Happy Holidays,
Arnold Celentano, Pres. OLB&PA

Join us for a


of the

Victorian Yuletide Boutique

(located in Caldwell Hall of the Conrad/Caldwell House Museum - Magnolia St. entrance)

on Friday, November 30

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

(Houses will not be on tour during this event)

Enjoy a gathering of neighbors

and event volunteers sharing in

Wine, Wassail and Song

Social from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get an early start on your Holiday Shopping

Last chance for advance purchase price of
Victorian Yuletide House Tour Tickets

Gift Shop featuring over 30 vendors with handmade Santa’s, Holiday arrangements, jewelry, porcelain ornaments, antiques and more….


December 2001 Meeting Calendar









Nov. 30
Sneak Peak of Gift Shop 6-9PM

Victorian Yuletide House TourNoon—7:00PM

Victorian Yuletide House TourNoon—7:00PM



6 Reception to Honor Mayor Armstrong 7:00PM



Third St.Holiday Dinner1300 S. Third St. Holiday Party


Ouerbacker St. Meeting7:00PM

January NewsletterDeadline

OLB&PA Meeting& MembershipDrive

13General Membership Meeting 7:00PM-Elections for 2002 Officers













Happy New Year






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 recognzed 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:

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