Old Louisville

Human settlement in Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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Old Louisville Residential District
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Werne's Row at the corner of 4th and Hill
Old Louisville is located in Kentucky
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LocationLouisville, Kentucky
Built1850-1920s
Architectural styleLate Victorian
NRHP reference No.84001583[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 12, 1984
Old Louisville

Old Louisville is a historic district and neighborhood in central Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It is the third largest such district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture.[2][3] It is also unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, and the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U.S.[3] Many of the buildings are in the Victorian-era styles of Romanesque, Queen Anne, Italianate, among others; and many blocks have had few or no buildings razed. There are also several 20th-century buildings from 15 to 20 stories.

Old Louisville consists of about 48 city blocks and is located north of the University of Louisville's main campus and south of Broadway and Downtown Louisville, in the central portion of the modern city.[4][5] The neighborhood hosts the renowned St. James Court Art Show on the first weekend in October.

Despite its name, Old Louisville was actually built as a suburb of Louisville starting in the 1870s, nearly a century after Louisville was founded. It was initially called the Southern Extension, and the name Old Louisville did not come until the 1960s. Old Louisville was initially home to some of Louisville's wealthiest residents, but saw a decline in the early and mid-20th century. Following revitalization efforts and gentrification, Old Louisville is currently home to a diverse population with a high concentration of students and young professionals.

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Louisville Facts & Firsts". LouisvilleKy.gov. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
  3. ^ a b "What is Old Louisville?". Old Louisville Guide. Archived from the original on 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
  4. ^ Fernandez, Maisy (2004-09-29). "What's Old is New". Velocity. p. 8.
  5. ^ Yater, George H. (2001). Encyclopedia of Louisville. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 674–675. ISBN 0813128900.

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