Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 25, Issue 3
called the OLNC PIC committee meeting to order at 7PM on February 13,
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
7 PM, Thursday, March 6, 2003
Old Louisville Information Center
on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement of the Proposed Light
Rail System for Louisville
Guest Speaker: Raoul Cunningham, TARC Consultant
Mr. Cunningham will give a precise, detailed report on the impact of
TARC’s light rail system on properties in Old Louisville.
Fury, Spring’s Hope
The freezing rain, sleet, and snow on Valentine’s weekend claimed
a huge tree in Central Park. However, at the Fourth and Magnolia
entrance to the park, the swelling buds of a Japonica or Japanese
quince portend the coming of Spring.
Mark Your Calendar:
Spring Clean Up
Saturday, April 5,
Free Lunch for all
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Herb introduced John
Lee and Michael Mulheirn from the Jefferson County Public School System
who presented plans for the development of the duPont Manual High School,
Noe Middle School, YPAS and Old Cochran Elementary School Campus. The plan
includes the closing of Lee Street to through traffic between First and
regarding parking issues, green spaces and pickup of students. Tom Duffy
requested that JCPS consider replacing trees along side Noe Middle School.
He also questioned why parking restrictions on 2nd Street in front of the
schools had not been lifted for the hours between 7AM and 9AM as they had
been north of Hill St.
Gary Kleier made a
motion of appreciation for JCPS rehabilitation work at the old Cochran
Elementary School. The motion was seconded by Tom Duffy and was approved.
Bob Bajandas made a motion for the PIC committee to approve current plans
for the campus as presented by JCPS. Zane Lockhard suggested that the
motion include provisions that the trees be added and the parking
restrictions be lifted on 2nd Street as suggested. Zane seconded the
motion. Motion carried.
Michael Mawood, a
realtor with Re/Max representing Greg S. Mack, presented problems that the
owner of the former Old Louisville Inn, 1359 South St.. was having
regarding conversion from a bed and breakfast to condominiums
because the conversion conflicted with the property’s mapped use as a
single-family residence under the new Traditional Neighborhood Zoning
District. Six condominiums are planned; four are to be located in the main
house above ground, one in the basement and one in the carriage house with
Dale Strange, next
door neighbor, said that his first preference would be for the property to
return to a single family residence or another bed and breakfast, but
since that appears to be virtually impossible, he approves of the
condominium conversion plan. He added the provision that no more than six
condominiums be located there, as currently planned.
Lois Tash, a local
realtor, added that if the property was placed on the market again, it
would be virtually impossible to obtain a mortgage due to its condition.
The boiler, the only heating source for the building, was removed along
with much of the interior. There have been several water leaks due to
frozen water pipes.
on the procedures necessary for the property to be rezoned under TNZD. The
following motion made by Bob Bajandas and seconded by Chuck Anderson was
approved by a vote of 10-4: "PIC recommends to the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council that the owners of the property at 1359 South Third
Street and the accompanying property across the alley that fronts on
Second Street be encouraged to redevelop the properties in compliance with
the TNZD and that the property be reoccupied as soon as possible."
103 W. Kentucky - Property scheduled for a Commissioner’s sale on
February 20, 2003.
1136 S. 4th St. (Old Dobbs House Restaurant) - has been recently purchased
by Bob Bajandas at a Commissioner’s sale. He is pursuing the use of the
25' x 60' building as another restaurant. He indicated that much of the
kitchen equipment is still there and could be reused. It will be several
months, however, before he has clear title due to the "Dower
1346 S. Floyd St. is headed for court.
217 E. St. Joseph St. was represented by Jeff Tucker who is heading the
renovation of this property. He is working with Michael Baugh of Metro
Department of Inspections, Permits, and Licenses on cleaning up the
property and with the Landmarks Commission on the correct historic
restoration of the building. He said the owners are desirous of renovating
this property as a historically correct single family dwelling. Fred Nett
made a motion to commend the owners of subject property for returning it
to a single family home. Bob Bajandas seconded the motion. Motion passed.
1451 S. 1st St. (at Burnett) is currently being cleaned up.
1220 S. 7th St. & 700 block of West Dumesnil. Video was shown by Herb
Fink of the junk cars parked on Dumesnil in front of the business
operating as an Auto Repair shop. Michael Baugh said that it was zoned M-1
and that auto repair was allowed, but that "dead" cars were not.
All cars along Dumesnil should be towed unless they are in good repair.
Mr. Figa, the owner of the property, has been cited by Mr. Baugh for
violations and has 30 days to clean up the array of cars and then possibly
another 30 days awaiting arraignment. Sergeant Doug Sweeney said he would
contact Sergeant Cooper of the 4th District, in which this property is
located, and discuss having the cars towed unless the owner moves them
238 E. Burnett was added to the deteriorating building list by Bob
Bajandas. Herb noted the addition.
1035 S. 4th St. was also added to the deteriorating building list. It is
currently in court. The owner has pleaded "guilty" to charges
brought by Michael Baugh, and has 60 days left from the 90 days allotted
to correct problems. Michael Baugh said the property could possibly be
Lyndell Shepherd, owner of property at 911, 913, 915, and 917 S. First
St., said that he was having problems from the building located at 920 S.
First St. and from the Villager Motel. Police have been called regularly
for vagrancy and improper trash disposal. Fencing of the nearby former
Motel 6 has been moved about. John Sistarenik suggested that the owners of
that property be invited to a PIC meeting.
Jerry Birschbach showed pictures of the damage of the newly constructed
sidewalk in front of his home in the 100 block of Ormsby.
Meeting adjourned at
Asian Art and Antiques
House will host the third annual Asian Art and Antiques Market on
Saturday, March 22, 2003, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, March 23, 2003,
12:00 – 4: 00 pm. The Market will feature the largest number of booths
with specialty Asian items ever assembled in one Louisville venue. The
area’s top dealers of Asian antiques, as well as retailers of Asian art,
will participate. Exhibitors and artists will display and sell unique and
one-of-a-king objects such as paintings, furniture, vases, urns, jewelry,
and unusual pieces both antique and new, from many countries in Asia. The
Market, which is free and open to the public, will be at Crane House, 1244
South Third Street, Louisville.
The Preview Party, a
Crane House fundraiser, will be Friday, March 21, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Crane House’s educational and cultural programs. All art and antiques
will be available for sale during the Preview Party. Tickets are $25 per
person, by reservation only. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday,
March 19. Reservations may be made by calling 635-2240, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crane House, an
Asian cultural center, actively promotes cultural understanding among the
peoples of the United States and Asia through education. Founded in 1987,
it is a private, nonprofit organization located in Louisville at 1244
South Third Street. For additional information, call 635-2240.
Help plan the celebration of Central Park’s 100th
birthday in 2004.
Come to a meeting at the Old Louisville Information
Center on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30PM.
Have a problem with a city service, want to make a
complaint, report a problem, or get information from Metro
Dial 311 between 8AM and 6PM weekdays, or email
Symposium To Examine How Architecture
And The Built Environment Affect Our Lives
March 11, 2003 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Speed Art Museum
Honorary Chairman Grady Clay
Travis Price, Architect, "Spirit of Place, Spirit of
Mohney, Dean, College of Architecture, UK
Alberts, Downtown Development Corporation
Rotondi, Los Angeles Architect
Streuver, Developer, Baltimore Inner Harbor
Castro, Architect and Sculptor, Baltimore Inner Harbor
by The Speed Art Museum, Glenview Garden Club, Downtown
Development Corporation, and Hardscuffle, Inc.
Free -- Space Limited
Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third Street
Louisville KY 40208 502/634-2700
April 22nd and running until July 25th, Glassworks
will be exhibiting the work of Dale Chihuly. Dale is one of the
most recognized Glassblowers in the world with his unique and
stunning installation pieces. He has been featured on several
programs on KET, such as "Chihuly: In Venice" and "Chihuly:
In the Light of Jerusalem". During this exciting time, there
will be many volunteer opportunities available. Volunteer hours
may be used for studio/class time as well as other benefits.
For more information
Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Gordon, in the Glassworks Gallery at
Anniversary of the Old Louisville Journal:
articles appeared in the March, 1985, issue of the Old Louisville
Ken and Sheila Pyle and family…on the official opening of the RUDYARD
KIPLING KITCHEN CARRY OUT at 420 W. Oak St. (ok, ok, so the January OLN
was a bit premature!). Hours are 11AM- 7PM Monday through Saturday…
Venable…Kling Center Director and Old Louisville activist, on the
purchase of your new home in the 1400 block of South 3rd
St…Wasn't it convenient to only have to haul your belongings one
…to Janice Kelly
Gillis (Belgravia Court Assoc.)…who has had her own line of greeting
card designs produced by a New York firm and distributed both across the
country and locally in card and book stores beginning in February! Look
for Janice's unique collection under the name, "Life in the Fast
… to Jay
Lawrence and Sally Dunn (Sixth Street) a belated welcome to your newest
family addition, baby Jack!
…Thank you… to
the following people who helped at the center or with the Center/Council
functions during January and February: Len Wilson, Al and Mary
Patrie, Ray Riebel, Joe Williams, Virginia Keyer, and Jean Crowe. THANK
YOU THANK YOU…Bridgehaven "Clean-up Crew"- Tony Lewis,
Maurice Wilson, and Ernie Jackson. These three gentlemen have been
attacking the Center's dust balls and overflowing garbage cans once a
week for the past month and will continue to help us each coming week.
They are truly and answer to our prayers and our needs at the Center!
WELCOME… to the
1600 block of S. Second St… Tom Duffy!
of Neighborhood Involvement…
JOIN THE OLNC!!!
It is March
already, and have you forgotten something? Did you pay those 1985 dues
to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council?? If not, you may still do so
and take advantage of getting involved in Old Louisville programs,
projects, and concerns. If you haven't been buttonholed by our
Membership Committee yet, believe us, you will!
committee, headed by Chairman Mae Salyers, has done a terrific job of
the recruiting both new and old members
organization, but we need more of you to join and become involved
members of the Old Louisville Community. Yearly dues are $5.00 for
individuals and $25.00 for the block associations. This month's
unofficial recruiting award goes to Joe "Gimmedemoney"
Williams, who has done a super job of signing up members the past few
months! Call the Old Louisville Information Center today and pledge your
What a bargain! 2003 dues are still $5.00 for individuals and $25.00 for
block associations. They are due by April.
Old Louisville Business & Professional Association
The Old Louisville Business and Professional Association
held an informational meeting for members and guests on Wednesday,
February 12, 2003 at the Third Avenue Cafe in historic Old Louisville. A
capacity crowd enjoyed a light breakfast and heard comments by speaker
and zoning task member, Gary J. Kleier, AIA, AIC in regard to the new
zoning law that went into November 15, 2002 called Traditional
Neighborhood Zoning District or TNZD.
the zoning history of historic Old Louisville beginning with the R-9
zoning of the 1960’s that brought the unfortunate high rises, office
buildings, a large number of social service agencies and parking lots.
Then, in the 1970’s, we saw a blanket rezoning to R-7 which basically
changed the zoning to whatever the property owner wanted it to be as
well as suburban setbacks and the call for defined parking for
businesses (and therefore more parking lots). Fortunately, downzoning to
R-5 began in the 1990’s calling for blanket rezoning to single family
residential. However, there were still perceived zoning problems in the
district including the extensive use of houses as boarding houses for
social service agencies and an increasing number of houses being
subdivided into apartments many of which were owned by absentee
landlords. This concern lead to the formation of the Old Louisville
Limerick Task Force.
Neighborhood Zoning District or TNZD calls for the designation of the
area into the following: Neighborhood General which includes single
family, multi-family dwellings, institutional and corner commercial as
well as conditional uses for Neighborhood General which includes Bed and
Breakfast Inns, Historic House Museums, Community Centers, Parks and
Playgrounds; Neighborhood Transition which includes residential,
offices, institutional, commercial and conditional uses including bed
and breakfast inns and historic house museums; Corner Commercial which
is now encouraged as a vital element of the neighborhood and permits
office or commercial on the ground level and offices or residential on
the upper floors; and Neighborhood Center which outlines criteria for
the neighborhood’s major commercial center.
report is available on-line for OLBPA members, at: www.OLBPA.com.
Happening In OLBPA?
OLBPA is working very closely with the city to get the 4th & Oak
"Neighborhood Center" as outlined in the TNZD study, as one of
the city’s Business Corridor projects. If OLBPA starts the project,
then the city will likely help in anyway possible, to assist in this
effort. City funding assistance and redevelopment incentives are still
being developed by the city, but the OLBPA is in there fighting for us
all. Until we know the budget results, we need to get organized and
establish a plan.
will be doing an asset inventory of all building and business in the
area, starting with the "Neighborhood Center."
2). We need to find out from all residences and businesses,
what types of businesses everyone would like to see added to the
"Neighborhood Center" area. An on-line form for collecting
this information is available at www.OLBPA.com -- click on the
"BUSINESS SURVEY" button.
3). Once we determine what is there, and what we want, then
work with the city and local design people to develop a conceptual
4). Through the newly organized
Community Development Corporation and the city, develop incentives for
targeted businesses to locate or expand in Old Louisville.
results of above, will be reported at the May 14th OLBPA meeting. This
meeting is for OLBPA members only.
If you are not already a member, now is the time to roll up your shirt
sleeves and join OLBPA in helping make Old Louisville a great
destination for business, tourists and residents. info@OLBPA.com
A wee bit of Ireland
you ever snapped yourself into a different time and place simply by the
sheer smell, taste, or sound of something familiar? A mere thought of Pete’s
mom’s brown bread sends him right back home to his mom’s kitchen. Like
a time travel machine, it has the ability to recall for him the crackle of
the fireplace, the clinks and tings of pots and pans bashing about, his
mother’s voice calling all to the breakfast table, and the happy
memories of gathering with whomever was within shouting distance of
hearing "Tea’s ready!"
Of course, living 4,949 miles
from Mom’s kitchen makes eating Irish brown bread a very handy homesick
remedy. It works every time when I begin to see that melancholy look in my
husband’s eyes. Pete’s mom knows the power of this as well; she always
sends us on our way from a visit back home with a bread cake tucked into
the carry-on bag. Even more effective is whenever a close friend or family
member visits us in the states, mom is up before dawn baking away so Pete
can have a taste of Ireland.
This reminds me of a
particular story when his sisters were coming over for our wedding. As I
heard it, mom got up extra early to make the bread and then set it out on
the hedge to cool. As she continued about her morning chores, suddenly she
looked out the kitchen window and saw that a big, black bird has his beak
stuck into the bread cake. Well, the shouts and roars, they tell me, that
came out of her would have driven away a grizzly bear! I think about how
she was so protective of that all important taste of home, the modern
memory chip she knew her son would appreciate. That story
endears me to her still
today, fourteen years later.
What became of the slightly
bird-pecked bread cake? She sent it anyway after many tears, panic, and
finally being convinced that there was not time to bake another before
Maur, Ger, and June’s plane was to leave. Believe me, she tried to bake
another. My mother-in-law is one of the most loving human beings on the
Editor’s note: Marty currently lives in Las Vegas,
Nevada, with her husband, Pete. She is an artist; her paintings were
recently featured at Louisville’s Swanson-Reed Gallery. She lived in Old
Louisville for a time. Her works featuring Old Louisville and the Old
Louisville Inn were shown in an exhibit at the Inn.
Pete’s Mom’s Irish Brown Bread
Sift and blend following dry ingredients:
4 cups wholewheat flour
2 cups white flour
1 T baking soda
Mix together following wet ingredients:
1 t cooking oil
3 cups buttermilk
Combine wet with dry while mixing until the dough just holds together (not
too wet). Turn out onto floured board. Knead about 6-10 times, just until
it holds together (don’t overdo it!).
Shape into round loaf.
Cut a 1/2 inch deep x over the top.
Transfer to baking sheet.
Bake at 350F for around 40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out
clean. After 40-45 min, Tap the back and see if there is a hollow sound,
if so, then it is done.
Wrap in a clean tea towel (keeps the loaf from drying out) and let cool
until just warm enough to melt butter. If you cut it too soon, it will
crumble to pieces!
a volunteer tour guide for the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, your
enthusiasm for Old Louisville will reach far beyond current time and
place. As a Conrad-Caldwell House docent, you will entertain and inform
visitors about this historic landmark and Old Louisville.
We’ll provide the education
on how to look at the architecture and furnishings of the mansion as well
as the story of its families.
We’d love to meet you and
tell you about the benefits of being a volunteer guide.
RSVP and questions: Deb Riall,
Structures -- Oh What Damage We Do Inflict
by Gary Kleier
This article is reprinted in edited form in the hardcopy
version of the Old Louisville Journal, from Gary's article on this
web site (www.oldlouisville.com).
Click here to read the whole unedited article:
Brick Structures - Oh What Damage We Do Inflict
with links to other articles written by architect Gary
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Calendar for March 2003
(most meeting dates are approximate until confirmed)
Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts 7P
OLNC General Meeting, OLIC 7:00PM
St James at Haskin Hall
Central Park Centenniel Committee
PIC @ OLIC 7PM
St Patrick's Day
House Tour Potluck Haskins Hall 6:30PM
Asian Art and Antiques
Market, Crane House
Art Show Consortium at Haskins Hall 7PM
OLIC Board 6PM
Central Park West at CCH
Central Park Cleanup
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