The Old Louisville Journal

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

Volume 24, Issue 3

March 2002

In this issue:  

Art on Wheels  Chair Notes   Limerick Community Garden
Jazz at the Central Presbyterian Church   Women’s Suffrage Tour   
OLIC Gift Shop   Real Estate Opportunities   Neighborhood Associations 
Transportation Progress Report   Missing Landmark   5th District News 
Deaths  Cleanup Schedules  Meetings Calendar

Click here for the February 2002 newsletter

General Meeting
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, 2002
Old Louisville Information Center

     Where Do We Go from Here?

The Speed Art Museum
Art on Wheels!

The Speed Art Museum and the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation (KACF) will host two days of homegrown art on March 15-16, 2002 to celebrate the concurrent exhibits of folk art, A Bountiful Plenty from the Shelburne Museum: Folk Art Traditions in America at the Speed and Kentucky Folk Art at KACF. The events will include Art Cars from around the region, large puppets and creative bicycles.

The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation will host the Art Cars in front of the KACF gallery on Main Street as part of a pedestrian exhibit on March 15.

On March 16, Art Cars will be on display in front of the KACF gallery from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with an art car workshop and demonstration with Scott Scarboro. At 11 a.m. the cars will leave KACF and proceed down Sixth Street stopping at Central Park in the Old Louisville neighborhood. Squallis Puppets will invite families to join the parade. The route will begin at Magnolia and Third Street at 11:15 a.m. and proceed down Third Street arriving at the museum at 12 p.m. The cars will be on view outside the museum until 3 p.m. Harold Mitchell, the Junk Genius, will conduct an art car hands-on activity outside. Inside the museum make sure you see the Juggernaut Jug Band and their special brand of down home folk music at 1 p.m. Artists Christy Stahl and Carrie Christensen will lead hands-on activities on the Sculpture Court and the Art Sparks workshop from 12-3:30 p.m. Special music tours will be lead by Joe Hanna at 12 and 2 p.m.

For those who are interested in seeing both folk exhibits a shuttle will be available to transport visitors between the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation gallery and the Speed Art Museum. The Shuttle leaves on the half hour and departs from the revolving door.

Founded in 1927, The Speed Art Museum has over 13,000 pieces in its collection spanning 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. The Museum has distinguished collections of 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting; 18th century French art; Renaissance and Baroque tapestries; and significant holdings of contemporary painting and sculpture. African and Native American works are also represented in the Museum’s collection. “Passport to the Speed,” an audio-guide of selected works in the permanent collection, is available for a rental fee of $3 at the museum’s Welcome Center.

The Speed Art Museum is located at 2035 South Third Street in Louisville. Other features of the museum include a hands-on Art Learning Center for families, a café and gift shop. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For general information, call (502) 634-2700 or visit the web:

Volunteers needed for Art Cars Events:

Volunteers are needed to assist in the events at the Speed and the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation and for the parade. Volunteers will get a t-shirt and tickets to the Shelburne exhibit.

Also, everyone is invited to participate in the parade by dressing up in a crazy outfit, outfitting a bike, or dressing a dog.

For more details on volunteering or participating in the parade contact Bryan Warren at 634-2714 or  by March 8.


March Chair Notes:
The Age of Entitlement

It’s the Age of Entitlement. You can see it everywhere: people of all ages and socio-economic groups want what’s theirs, and they want it now.

Of course, rights for all people has been an admirable goal and to some degree an achievement in this nation and, to a lesser degree, in the world. Who doesn’t want to be free and make choices about their life?

Yet choices can cause conflict. At the individual level, these conflicts may be mundane, but they are still irritating. Your right to play a boom box may interfere with my right to fall asleep. My right to have a pet may interfere with your right to enjoy Central Park. Someone’s perceived right to enjoy fast food with a minimum of inconvenience may interfere with our rights to litter-free streets.

In a perfect world, people would recognize that rights bring responsibility and respect for others and the community. Unlimited freedom that tramples on the freedom of others ultimately destroys everyone’s freedom.

What to do in an imperfect world? That’s obviously where laws and their enforcement come in. But oftentimes infractions may seem too minor to expend resources and time.

That’s not the case in Charleston, South Carolina. That city has created a Livability Court.

According to an article in The New York Times on January 29, 2002, this new division of Municipal Court has jurisdiction over cases dealing with housing code violations, noise, bothersome pets and parking. It’s an approach to policing and justice that sees attention to and enforcement of quality-of-life laws as important to creating a respect for others and the law in general. It says that no violation or infraction is too small to matter; to the contrary, enforcing so-called minor offenses creates a no-tolerance atmosphere which curtails crime at all levels.

While we may not have a similar court in Louisville, an emphasis on Community Oriented Policing seeks to achieve similar goals. Award-winning Officer Terra Long is the Fifth District Resource Officer and serves as a liaison between citizens and the Police Department. She is the officer to contact with quality-of-life infractions. Also Major Dan Assef has announced the general outlines of a new program which will use neighborhood volunteers to regularly monitor and report conditions in areas of the neighborhood with which they are familiar.

Who knows…maybe these efforts will soften the “it’s all about me” edges of today’s Age of Entitlement - at least in Louisville.

John Sistarenik

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 Jerie Britton, Site Coordinator, at 637-9988

Call City Call: 574-3333 For information regarding trash-pick up or questions and problems or to contact city officials…...Call!!
Quarterly trash pickup is Monday March 4!

Conrad Caldwell House
Where Victorian
Comes to Life!

Visiting Hours
Noon until 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The House is available for parties, receptions, weddings, events or your corporate functions.
Call Deb Riall at (502) 636-5023 to
Schedule your very next function!




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

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


 Harry Pickens Plays Jazz
Sunday, March 10, 2002, 3 p.m.
Sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church

Harry Pickens will play jazz in a program dedicating and celebrating the new Steinway Music Room Grand Piano funded by generous contributions to the Capital Campaign on Sunday, March 10,2002, at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church, 318 West Kentucky Street in Louisville. (Admission is free.)


Votes for Women: Then and Now

A welcome reception and brief history of Louisville’s role in gaining women the right to vote, followed by a trolley tour of 10 Old Louisville sites important in the history of women’s suffrage will take place on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., March 24th, at the First Unitarian Church. Sponsored by the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust, U. of L. Women’s Center and League of Women Voters. Cost per person is $5.00. For more information call Marsha Weinstein at 228-1988.

Old Louisville Information Center
Gift Shop

Check out the sweatshirts, stationary, tote bags and holiday ornaments for sale at the Information Center in Central Park.

Pick up the newest Tom Owen video all about St. James Court and environs. If you are looking for a gift for a friend or for yourself, then stop in between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Support your neighborhood associations


Old Louisville Real Estate Opportunities:



Association              Chairperson             Number

  • 1300 S. Third Street David McNease 635-0190

  • Belgravia Court Hank Triplett 636-2925

  • Central Park West Penny Johnson 636-1675

  • Fourth Street Wayne Jenkins 634-8587

  • Garvin Gate Andy Perry 634-8613

  • Limerick Eddie McFarland 583-6147

  • Ouerbacker Court Gary Burdette 638-1756

  • OLB&PA Arnold Celentano 585-3060

  • St. James Court Louise Shawkat 637-3606

  • Second Street Jerry Birschbach 635-0220

  • Third Street Ann Eppinger 635-5000

  • Toonerville Barry Kornstein 637-3547

  • Treyton Oaks Jane LaPin 587-1028

  • W. St. Catherine Street Rhonda Williams 584-9231

***REMINDER: Dues are Due!***
If you haven’t done so already, block associations should submit $25 and a list of current officers and members to the Information Center as soon as possible.


<The Corner Market
1160 S. First

Old Walnut Chili>
Corner of
Fourth & Oak Streets


Catherine Street – Progress Report.

City of Louisville Director of Public Works, Bill Herron, reports that the necessary ordinances that will allow the 2-waying of St. Catherine Street to occur have been initiated with the Aldermanic City Services Committee to review the proposals on 21 February 2002, the Board of Alderman to act on the proposals on 26 February 2002, and the mayor to endorse the proposals shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, the necessary traffic control equipment (traffic lights, etc.) have already been ordered and the implementation planning is in progress.

Mr. Herron advises that St. Catherine Street, from Third Street to 8th Street, will be totally closed during the construction process. The closing may occur only on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) but could occur during weekdays also. Mr. Herron says “All of the planned work will be accomplished by our in-house traffic engineering staff, and we’ll just have to see how all that develops”.

Rhonda Williams, Chair of the West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood Association says “We have no objection to the closing of St. Catherine Street for construction purposes whenever such might be necessary. Such closing will just get the job done faster. We’ll work with you as necessary”.

Removal of Parking Restrictions
Within Old Louisville

The parking restrictions within Old Louisville were removed by the City approximately two months ago.

West Hill St.

“The quality of life on Hill Street has improved tremendously with the parking restrictions now lifted. Being able to park right in front of my own home around the clock is truly wonderful.”

622 West St. Catherine St.

“To be able to park on both sides of the street at any time and in front of our home – We love it! Traffic has slowed. Less accidents at intersections are noticeable.”

624 West St. Catherine St.

“Now we go out our front door and into our car. I don’t have to carry groceries from two blocks away!”


539 West St. Catherine St.

“St Catherine St. was a freeway with a lot of thru traffic. Accidents involving parked cars were frequent. We notice slower traffic, fewer accidents and being able to park in front of our home is great!”

617 West St. Catherine St.

“It’s great having a 10 ft. walk to your front door rather than a 100 ft walk. Our perception is that traffic has slowed. The curb-parked vehicles on both sides of the street create a buffer-safety zone between moving traffic and the walkways.”

538 West St. Catherine St.

“Everyone in the neighborhood is delighted and happy. We know the St. Louis Bertrand Church is also extremely pleased. St. Catherine Street is now more pedestrian friendly and much more resident friendly for all of our residents”

1461 South 4th St

“We’ve been asking for this for a long time. Parking on both sides of 4th St. at all times relieves parking problems, reduces volume and speed of traffic – particularly during rush hours. You know, if one car remained during the no-park period, traffic was restricted and reduced the effectiveness of the entire program – that was a common occurrence.”

605 West St. Catherine St.

“Being able to park in front of our home enhanced our lives, made living more convenient and increased safety.”

1412 South 6th St.

“Over the past 10 years, we have invested close to 5 million dollars in single and multi-family developments in Old Louisville, including the project at 7th and Oak Streets that we are currently completing. Having the parking restrictions removed makes us feel much better about our investments because the neighborhood becomes a more desirable residential area. The parking is more convenient to residents and their guests and there is a greater feeling of pedestrian safety having a parked car between you and the moving vehicles. Also, the neighborhood stores are better served by being able to park in front of them, even during rush hour.”

422 West Oak St.

“I think it’s great! It’s paving the way for 2-way traffic. I thank Mayor Armstrong for making it happen.”

St. Catherine Street – Floyd St.
Intersection Left-Turn Signal.

For approximately three months now the above-mentioned turn signal has been operational and most of us have appreciated this accomplishment.

127 West Ormsby Ave.

“This area of traffic congestion was solved as a result of the new left-turn signal. A great addition to the community.”

1329 South 2nd St.

“Best thing that every happened in Old Louisville – Great” 

1429 South Third St.

“It’s wonderful to have that left-turn movement and be able to get up onto I-65 at the busy hour of the day.”

1322 South Second St.

“Wonderful idea – why didn’t we think of it years ago. It speeds up traffic, more efficient with less accidents.”

1208 South First St.

“A very beneficial improvement which simplifies the traffic flow. The signalization improvement makes the area more convenient.”

1301 South Floyd St.

“Traffic flows much better, much safer, much superior to what was there previously. Previously, drivers gambled with their life in order to get through the intersection. We are very satisfied – this improvement is a win-win situation.”

1605 South Third St.

“The left turn movement is definitely an improvement. The intersection functions much more efficiently and you just feel safer.”

1427 South First St.

“Thank you very much. I use this intersection ramp every morning. Now, I don’t have to wait for a number of light changes in order to get through. It saves my time.”

1355 South Third St.

“This improvement is very helpful and saves time. The previous miserable traffic back-up is now significantly lessened.”

1300 South Brook St.

“It’s a lot easier to get through this intersection, especially at rush hour. It’s great! Why did it take so long to get this done? It’s a very positive improvement.”

Again, “Many Thanks” to our Aldermen and the City Administration for this accomplishment. Herb Fink


Missing Landmark!
Cunningham’s Restaurant has been leveled after last year’s fire. The owner plans to rebuild somewhere. This Old Louisville establishment will be missed!

Fifth District News.

There is a new Boy Scout Troop in the Fifth District: Troop 5-0 serving the Shelby Park area!

In his effort to increase Community Oriented Policing, Major Dan Asseff appointed Officer David Allen to start the troop. Officer Allen began surveying the district to ascertain interest and received 86 positive responses. Twenty three showed up at the first meeting in February and 50-75 are expected at the next meeting at Meyzeek Middle School.

The Boy Scout District is donating some uniforms and Boy Scout Handbooks for the Troop. At the first meeting, one of the young men asked “When are going camping?” Officer Allen answered with a question, “How many of you have sleeping bags? How many have tents? How many have stoves with cooking material? How many have hiking boots? “ To all these questions, only one or two boys raised their hands. Scouting is a great opportunity to help young men mature and grow in citizenship. While scouting is fantastic, it can be expensive, at the start. These young men need some financial assistance. Officer Allen is looking for additional monies to help set up the troop.

Officer Allen is a 4-year veteran of LPD. Additionally he is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He is on the Community Oriented Policing Committee, and was sent to Savannah, Georgia on the delegate team. He has worked in other Boy Scout Troops nearly all his life. He has two sons, one is a Life Scout and the other is a Second Class Scout. Additionally he is the assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 25 in the county and now Scoutmaster for Troop 5-0.

For more information or to help these new scouts contact Officer Dave Allen at the Fifth District, 574-7010.

In Sympathy:

Judith C. Peake, 54, of South Third Street died Saturday, February 16, 2002, at Jewish Hospital.

She was a member of the South Third Street Association. A native of Marion County, Kentucky, she retired in 1995 from Clark County memorial Hospital where she worked as a registered nurse.

We extend our sympathy to her husband, William, daughter, Robyn, and family


In Memoriam

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Willis B. Ewing, Jr.. He died on February 14, 2002, at the age of 70.

Willis was a longtime volunteer at Old Louisville neighborhood events. He was a fixture for many years as the cook during the breakfast shift of the Saint James Art Show Food Booth; he was also a volunteer in the hospitality house at the Victorian Yuletide House Tour where he usually worked the entire weekend.

Willis lived near Schnitzelburg where he served for many years as the president of the Schnitzelburg Neighborhood Association. He advocated the preservation and creative reuse of the old Emerson Elementary School, which was ultimately demolished.

Willis was a caring and kind person who will be greatly missed. We offer condolences to his family.


Neighborhood Cleanups

Reminder: Central Park Cleanup is coming soon! Mark Saturday, April 13 on your calendar now! This annual event is important to all in Old Louisville! Show your concern and pride in our neighborhood and “Be There”. Details will be published closer to the date.

Neighbors can organize a cleanup year-round. Brightside will provide bags, gloves, and a limited number of rakes, brooms, and shovels. Brightside, Public Works, and the Department of Solid Waste Management will coordinate the pick-up of the debris and the drop-off bags, gloves, and tools with at least 2-weeks notice.

For more information, contact Angela Auter, Brightside Coordinator, at 574-2319 or call City CALL at 574-3333.

APRIL 15—22
JULY 5—15


Junk should be placed at your regular collection point.

The city will pick up: Discarded furniture, Mattresses, Appliances, tires, and other bulky items. Tree limbs must be more than four feet long or four inches in diameter, and stacked separately. Any bagged items must weigh less than 60 lbs.

The City will not pick up: construction materials (gutters, dry wall, etc.) hazardous waste materials, or auto parts.

March, 2002












4Major Junk Pickup

Ouerbacker, 7PM


7OLNC General Meeting, 7 PM@ OLIC




Newsletter Deadline

12St. James, 7 PM@ Haskins Hall


Toonerville 7PM






Third St. 7PM
Belgravia Ct. 7PM




Second St. 5PM
Fourth St. 7PM
1300 3rd 7P



OLIC Board Mtg. 6:15PM
OLNC Board Mtg. 7:30PM

YOGA 6PM @ OLIC Central Park West7:30 PM @ CCHH






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