Home to the largest collection of grand Victorian homes and the third largest National Preservation District in the United States, the Old Louisville neighborhood is well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in history, architecture and preservation. Within this 48-block area, in addition to the many Victorian mansions, there are interesting examples of other architectural styles as well, including Romanesque Revival, Beaux Arts, Queen Anne, Italianate and Chateauesque.
The Old Louisville Visitors Center, located at 1217 South 4th Street about two miles south of Louisville's Downtown riverfront, is a good place to begin your visit. Louisville Historic Tours offers regularly scheduled guided walking and bus tours including an Old Louisville Grand Walking Tour, a Mansions and Milestones Tour, a Ghosts of Old Louisville Tour and several others. (Telephone: 502-637-2922 for tour reservations or to schedule a private tour.)
While exploring Old Louisville, plan to tour the Conrad-Caldwell Museum, a historic house museum located on picturesque St. James Court. Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style, this restored home of two former prominent Louisvillians features opulent decorative details and houses a substantial collection of original period pieces.
Popular Old Louisville annual events include the St. James Court Art Show, a large and impressive juried fine arts and fine crafts show, always held the first full weekend of October, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival (also called Shakespeare in the Park), an annual free Shakespeare festival held in July each year, several seasonal themed tour events and more.
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