The Old Louisville Journal

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

  Volume 26, Issue 9

September 2004    

History Exhibit Opens:
Central Park: A 100 Year Retrospective

Central Park: A 100 Year Retrospective, an exhibit chronicling Central Park’s 100 year history, will open in the Old Louisville Information Center on September 28, 2004.

The exhibit is part of the Old Louisville Information Center’s Central Park Centennial Celebration and will be at the Center through the end of the year. It will be open extended hours through the Saint James Court Art Show; after that, hours will coincide with the Center’s business hours. Other venues for the exhibit may follow.
The exhibit is divided into four major sections: Beginnings, Flora, Architectural Elements, and Events and Uses. Maps, drawings, pictures, photographs and words highlight the park from its beginnings in 1904 to the present.

The exhibit is primarily the product of the research of University of Louisville history major, Patrick Neel. He has worked closely with Madonna Wilson, Central Park Centennial Committee member, in planning and assembling the exhibit.

Enrolled in an independent study course under the guidance of Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, Patrick interviewed longtime neighborhood residents and did research at the University of Louisville, the Filson Historical Society, and the Louisville Free Public Library. The Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy provided important resources also.

Patrick and Madonna have put out a call for anyone with interesting stories or photographs relating to Central Park to contact them through the Old Louisville Information Center.

Patrick has a connection with Old Louisville; he lived on Ormsby Street briefly as a very young child, and he also attended Noe Middle School. After graduating this December, Patrick plans to pursue a Masters degree in education at U or L. He currently resides in Fern Creek with his wife, Katie, and three-year-old son, Dillon.

Neighbors will have a chance to meet Patrick and Madonna at a reception on Sunday, October 10, 2004, from 3-5pm at the Old Louisville Information Center.

Madonna Wilson and Patrick Neel study an early map of the neighborhood.

Everyone Invited!
Labor Day Weekend
Central Park Centennial Event

First Sunday Concert:
Big Band Music from
The Doctors of Swing

Ice Cream Social: Free ice cream!

Sunday, September 5, 2004
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Haute Cuisine to Reign Supreme…
Friends of Central Park Host Centennial Dinners
Central Park Centennial Dinners, the inaugural special event fundraiser for the Friends of Central Park (FCP), will be held in homes and other venues throughout the neighborhood on Saturday, October 16, 2004.
Dinner guests will enjoy gourmet entrees, desserts, and wines to be followed by a champagne reception at the Filson Historical Society on Third Street.
The gala dinners will celebrate the centennial of Central Park, and proceeds will be used for the maintenance, improvement, and restoration of the park.
Each unique dinner will reflect the eclectic tastes of its generous hosts. As of press time, these hosts include: Hank Alford and the Middleton Reutlinger Law Offices; Ann and Charles Arensberg; Billy Bradford; Brad and Carla Sue Broecker; Dick and Fran Callaway; Susan Coleman and Jeff Layman; Conrad/Caldwell House Museum; Mark Eliason; Ken Herndon; Tim Hyland; Karen and Doug Keller; Gary and Diane Kleier; Ken Plotnick; Nich Sachs, David and Deborah Stewart, Jon and Wendy Timmons; Herb and Gayle Warren; Kevin and Shawn Williams; Doug and Madonna Wilson; and Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Woodcock.
There is still time to become a host or invited guest for this special event; contact Susan Rostov Public Relations at 637-7180 or for further information.
Friends of Central Park is a committee of the Old Louisville Information Center created to aid in the efforts to restore, maintain, and improve Louisville’s Central Park. Through public-private partnerships, citizen initiatives and fundraising, the FCP partners with the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Metro Parks in providing the funds to benefit Central Park.
Highlights from FCP’s first few months include a grant awarded by Middleton Reutlinger Law Offices which enabled wisteria vines to be replanted around Central Park’s pergola and the successful drive to raise $15,000 to match a grant from the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy to create a new master plan for the park. The completion of that master plan this fall will set the priorities and costs for restoration and improvement of the park and provide the basis for future fundraising.

2004 National Preservation Conference
Comes to Louisville

Louisville will host the 2004 National Preservation Conference September 28-October 3, 2004, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 26th annual conference will offer innovative ideas and inspiration for people saving America’s historic places and revitalizing communities.
More than 50 educational and 30 field sessions throughout Louisville, Central Kentucky and Southern Indiana will focus on the conference theme, “Restore America: Communities at a Crossroads.” Topics will include neighborhood revitalization and housing, commercial revitalization, organizational development, smart growth and regional planning, cultural landscapes, transportation issues, historic sites and heritage tourism.
The public is invited to participate in the conference by attending a free “Ask the Experts” open house on the following dates: 10am to 2pm on Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1; 9am to noon on Saturday, October 2. The open house will be located on the first floor of the American Life Building, corner of 5th and Main streets near the Galt House Hotels, where many conference activities will be taking place.
Neighborhood leaders, homeowners and interested individuals are invited to learn more about their homes and neighborhoods, caring for historic properties, hands-on restoration techniques and ideas for taking part in preservation efforts in their community.
Sponsors of the open house include National City, American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky, the Main Street Association, Metro Louisville Government, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Volunteer opportunities for local residents are available and include assisting with registration, staffing the local hospitality booth and monitoring educational sessions. Volunteers receive equal time to attend non-ticketed conference activities in exchange for the hours they volunteer. Applications are available online at the National Trust website,
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council has invited all conference attendees to visit the Old Louisville Information Center and the neighborhood. Both the Information Center and the Conrad/Caldwell House Museum will be open extended hours from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday, September 28, through Saturday, October 2, and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, October 3.
Visitors to the Information Center will be able to view the exhibit, “Central Park: A 100 Year Retrospective”, obtain a copy of the Old Louisville walking tour brochure, and enjoy refreshments.
Volunteers are needed to staff the Information Center on Saturday and Sunday of the conference. Please call the Old Louisville Information Center, 635-5244.


September Events at the Filson Historical Society

Old Louisville Walking Tour - Friday, Sept. 17, 4:00 pm with a reception from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. Pied piper Dr. Tom Owen leads a leisurely walk through the city’s first residential neighborhood, providing historical information about its residential courts and Victorian wonders. Tour begins and ends at The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street. Wine and cheese reception at The Filson following the tour. $15 Filson members, $20 nonmembers. Call for reservations, 635-5083.

Filson Lecture, “The Stories of Louisville’s Public Accommodations Integration” – Wednesday, Sept. 22, Noon. Dr. Tracy K’Meyer of the University of Louisville will discuss the civil rights movement in Louisville, in particular the process of public accommodations integration and how that process is remembered. Free. Call for reservations, 635-5083. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street.

Congratulations to Leah and Chuck…
Leah Stewart has resigned her position as chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Zoning and Land Use (ZALU) Committee to accept an appointment to the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment.
Chuck Anderson has accepted an appointment as the new chair of ZALU . He is also the president of the 1300 South Third Street Neighborhood Association.
Congratulations and thanks to both of these dedicated neighborhood activists.

Parents Plan Potluck
A potluck for Old Louisville parents and their school-age children will be held in Central Park on Saturday, September 11, 2004, from 11AM to 2PM. Old Louisville is often perceived as a neighborhood of adults; however, children have always been an important part of the community, and in recent years more families with children have moved to the neighborhood. The potluck will allow families to meet other families in the neighborhood.
For further information, contact Caroline Thornewill at 637-7095

The Millionaires are Coming!

After two years of hard work and research, the 1300 South Third Street Neighborhood Association has received word that its application for a historical marker commemorating Third Street as Millionaires Row has been approved.
The marker, paid for with monies from a city grant through Metro Council Member George Unseld, will be installed on the even side of the 1200 block and a dedication ceremony will be scheduled sometime between January and June 2005.
One side of the marker will explain how the stretch of Third Street from Kentucky Street to U of L – often called one of the richest architectural experiences in the country – evolved into one of the city’s premier residential streets, and the other side will focus on a specific architectural style in the area.
A two-sided marker costs $1,700.00, and the process can take more than a year to complete. If your organization is interested in obtaining a historical marker for Old Louisville, please contact:
Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program
Kentucky Historical Society
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1792 ext. 4476
(502) 564-0475 (Fax)

Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce Central Park
Centennial Photo Contest Winners to be Announced
Winners in the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce Central Park Centennial Photo Contest will be announced at a reception on Monday, September 20, 2004, at 7PM in the Old Louisville Information Center.
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce has made a generous donation to provide the cash awards for the contest. All photo entries will be displayed at the reception. Light refreshments will be served.
Jerie Britton, contest coordinator for the Central Park Centennial Committee, invites everyone to attend.

Highlights from the August Property Improvement
Committee Meeting

Stuart Apartments, Sixth and Oak:
Bob and Roberto Bajandas reported that their renovation of the Stuart Apartments will be completed in September. Twenty apartments units (1-3 bedrooms, 500-1100sqf) will rent from $400 to $650. The floor plan of the six residential units on the first floor could accommodate retail operations at some point. An open house may be held sometime in September.
Bob and Roberto plan to begin construction as soon as possible on a mixed use project, where their office would be located, on the northeast corner of Sixth and Oak.
SoHo Condominiums, Fifth and Breckinridge:
There have been major changes in the design of this project, which will now be mixed use. One-third of the $119,000-$210,000 condos have reportedly been sold. Ground breaking has not occurred; completion date is projected for late spring, 2005.
A complete copy of the August 11, 2004, minutes is available at the Old Louisville Information Center.

Liquor Barn Sponsors the Saint James Court Art Show

The St. James Court Art Show, ranked among the top five fine art shows in the country, welcomes the Liquor Barn, the Ultimate Party Source, as its presenting sponsor. The partnership between the Art Show and Liquor Barn marks the first time in the show’s 48-year history to have a presenting sponsor.
Susan Coleman, St. James Court Art Show Executive Director said, “As purveyors who celebrate the art of fine living, Liquor Barn has a long and illustrious history in Kentucky of supporting its community arts groups, first in Lexington and now in its new hometown of Louisville. St. James regards art as always being in good taste and a fundamental element of quality living, and sees the partnership as a perfect fit for both groups. We are thrilled to have Liquor Barn partner with us, and believe their participation at this level speaks volumes about their commitment to good works within our community.”
For Marc Roberts, General Manager of Louisville’s three Liquor Barn stores, his support has both a personal and professional component. Marc and his family have enjoyed coming to the St. James Court Art Show, their first stop always being that of brother-in-law, Mitchell Rickman’s booth of hand-thrown pottery. Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, this marks Rickman’s fifth year as a show participant.
On a professional level, Roberts also believes Liquor Barn’s presenting one of the largest and reputable outdoor art shows in the country is a perfect fit for his customers. “Our patrons lead full, active lives, and are always searching for the very best life has to offer. Whether it’s the best vintage wine, the best value, or the best local event, such as the St. James Court Art Show, if we can help them in their pursuit, then we’ve done our part.”
Liquor Barn is augmenting this year’s show with some exciting accents .They have worked with Louisville’s In Town Winery to present three collector’s edition wines. The wines are being sold at all three Liquor Barn locations:1800 S. Hurstbourne Parkway; 4301 Towne Center in Springhurst; and 3420 Fern Valley Road. If all goes according to plan, these wines will be sold by the glass at the art show at the Third Street Neighborhood Association booth at Third and Magnolia, and at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
Liquor Barn will also be hosting a visit from California winemaker Mark Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery and CK Mondavi Wines. His schedule will include appearances at St. James, tastings at selected Liquor Barn locations, and a special wine maker’s dinner. Liquor Barn will also launch some in-store promotions which will benefit the neighborhood. They invite you to visit their booth on St. James Court directly west of the fountain (SJ-229) to learn more about what they have to offer.
The 48th annual St. James Court Art Show, presented this year on October 1, 2, and 3, will feature over 700 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout North and South America. Held rain or shine, the pet-free event opens at 10:00 a.m. daily, and closes at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Art Exhibit Features
Wellspring Art Therapy Program

An art exhibit created by clients who are participants in the Wellspring Art Therapy Program runs at The Old Louisville Coffee Shop at Fourth and Hill Streets from August 30 through September 24, 2004.
Old Louisville neighbors are invited to an opening reception with light refreshments on Thursday, September 2, 2004, from 6pm-8pm. The exhibit is open daily 7am-9pm.
Entitled “Images from Our Minds,” the exhibit contains works created by clients as part of their recovery from mental illness. Art therapy emerged in the 1930s as a way for psychiatrists to study a link between the art and illness of their patients. Since then, the profession of art therapy has grown into an effective and important method of communication, assessment and treatment. All proceeds from art sales at the exhibit will benefit the Wellspring Art Therapy Program.
Wellspring offers rehabilitative services and housing programs for persons with psychiatric disabilities. It operates 20 facilities in Jefferson and Shelby counties. Two programs are in Old Louisville along with the administrative offices at 1382 South Third Street.
For further information, contact Linda Bukszar, Development Director, (502) 637-4361, ext 12.

University of Louisville School of Music
September Events

Friday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Gala Recital. Annual showcase of faculty musicians. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. $15.00 reserved seating, $10.00 general admission, $5.00 students. Tickets available by calling 502-852-6907.

Sunday, September 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital: Daniel Weeks, tenor. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.

Monday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Guest Ensemble: Aebersold Quartet. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.

Wednesday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Guest Ensemble: Harry Pickens Trio. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.

Sunday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.
University Chorale, University Chorus, and the Cardinal Singers. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.
Monday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Guest Chorus: High School Honors Choir Concert. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.

Sunday, September 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Weisburg Suzuki String Program. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall.

Sunday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.
University Symphony Orchestra. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.

Monday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital: The McHugh-Oliphant Duo performs the first of three recitals featuring the complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Ludwig van Beethoven. Pre-concert lecture with faculty music historian Seow-Chin Ong at 7:00 p.m. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. FREE.

U of L Music Concert Hotline

General Election: Tuesday, November 2, 2004.
Deadline to register to vote in the General Election: October 4, 2004.
Call the Jefferson County Board of Elections at 574-6100
for more information or visit their Web site at

Would you like to work the polls on Election Day?
You must be a registered Republican or Democrat in Jefferson County. Each election officer is compensated $15.00 for attending a two-hour training session and $89.56 for working on Election Day.
To be considered for an election officer position,
please call the Board of Elections at
(502) 574-6040 or (502) 574-8259.

Gallopalooza Gallops
into Old Louisville…
This horse was recently sighted at Broadway and First registering for fall classes at Jefferson Community College. He (she?) and many of his friends will be trotting down to Central Park along Fourth Street on September 20. They will be grazing there until the middle of October when they will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. Look for the herd during the Saint James Court Art Show. Brightside will have a tent nearby with information on the nags.

Woman’s Club holds Annual MARKETPLACE

The Woman’s Club of Louisville, 1320 South Fourth Street, will hold its 53rd annual MARKETPLACE fundraising event from Tuesday, September 28, 2004 through Saturday, October 3, 2004, with no activity on Thursday, September 30, 2004. The event benefits The Louisville Deaf Oral School.
The MARKETPLACE is a boutique with a variety of clothing, jewelry, antiques, collectables, books, holiday and children’s items for sale. For the first time this year there will be a selection of Russian folk art.
The event kicks off with a “Patron’s Party” with wine and hors d’oeuvres on Tuesday evening ($10 donation). On Wednesday, the MARKETPLACE opens to the public from 9:30am to 4pm. On Friday and Saturday, the MARKETPLACE and a café serving homemade food will be open from 10am – 5 pm.
On Wednesday only there will be valet parking. The Louisville Metro Police Department has agreed to close parking for Wednesday on the south side of Park from 4th to 6th, the south side of Ormsby from 4th to 6th, the east side of 6th from Ormsby to Magnolia and the west side of 4th from Ormsby to Magnolia.
To ease congestion for those attending this charitable event, The Woman’s Club would appreciate neighbors using off street parking wherever possible.

2004 Art Show Poster Unveiled

Mayor Jerry Abramson will unveil the official 2004 St. James Court Art Show collectible poster on September 7, 2004.
This year’s St. James Court Art Show poster was designed by David Walker, an award-winning graphic designer and Louisville native. An original photo illustration of the classic architecture found throughout St. James Court and Old Louisville, the poster features the most-photographed house on St. James Court (that of author Sena Jeter Naslund and her husband, John Morrison), and a gas coach lamp which cleverly reflects Venus, who graces the top of the Court’s signature fountain.
David has been in advertising and design in the Louisville market for over 20 years, and has won numerous design awards. In 1997, he formed the Walker Design Group, a graphic design studio specializing in business-to-business marketing, brand building and logo design.
David will be on hand to sign and number limited edition posters on Saturday, September 18, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Liquor Barn Springhurst Store, and again on Saturday, September 25, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Beyond Dimensions Custom Framing at 9428 Brownsboro Road (owned by our own Sandy Barber). Tastings of the St. James Court Art Show wines will be held in conjunction with the poster signings at both locations.

Win A Free Makeover at Salon Bijin

Jeff Lewis is the new operator of Salon Bijin, a beauty parlor, located at 1118 South Third Street at Wallace Studios. The salon offers hair, nails, waxing and make-up services.
Jeff operated the 800 Salon at the 800 Building for 18 years. Over the years his clients have included Patti Labelle, Morgan Fairchild, Tammy Wynette and Lana Turner. Several high profile Louisvillians are among his current clientele. He looks forward to serving Old Louisville. Call for appointments at 584-3421.
To introduce himself to the neighborhood, Jeff will select someone for a free makeover and a glamour photo by Jim Kurtz. To be eligible, send or bring a “before” photo to Salon Bijin by September 14, 2004. The winner will have her or his photos published in the October issue of the Old Louisville Journal.

In Memoriam: James T. Trousdale

Jim Trousdale, 77, died on Friday, August 6, 2004, at Caritas Medical Center after an illness.
Jim was a longtime friend and volunteer in the Old Louisville neighborhood. For several years, he served as volunteer coordinator for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council food booth at the St. James Court Art Show and for the Old Louisville Information Center Holiday House Tour.
Jim loved to cook and won many blue ribbons for his jams and jellies at the Kentucky State Fair. Old Louisville neighbors attending the fair always looked for his prize-winning entries.
Jim was a happy and enthusiastic man; we will miss his bright smile. We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife and co-volunteer, Patricia Thompson Trousdale.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to The Salvation Army.

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