These Places Matter Tour – Colonial Gardens

download“THESE PLACES MATTER” TOUR FIRST STOP: COLONIAL GARDENS
This month, NPP celebrates its 12th anniversary and Preservation Month with a “stop by”
selected historic sites in Louisville over the next few weeks. First stop: Colonial Gardens, a place that
with many past lives and on the verge of another. It’s been a beer garden, the site of Louisville’s 1st
zoo, a place where Elvis Presley once dropped by while visiting his grandparents who lived nearby. So
did Jerry Lee Lewis at another time! Soon it will again be a destination for residents and visitors
enjoying the beautiful Iroquois Park area.
From the stately urban corridors of West Louisville, to the bucolic folds of Floyd’s Fork or the
picturesque boulevards of South Louisville, many forget how rich and varied Louisville’s historic
environment is. Despite far too many losses, Louisville’s historic footprint remains as large as its
untapped promise. Unfortunately, those who profit by “demolition by neglect” and destruction of vintage
structures often misrepresent preservation as “anti-progress” and lacking vision. Y
Yet, “preservation” is very 21st century and not just about saving mansions. Preservation and
adaptive re-use of vintage structures is the greenest way to revitalize neighborhoods, invigorate our
local economy and re-capture that “sense of place” that feels like home. It is the antithesis of waste,
less taxing on the environment, embraces our heritage and provides unique spaces for working families
to build small businesses and affordable homes. Jobs? Preservation provides good-paying and longer
lasting jobs than new construction.
Neighborhood Planning & Preservation, Inc. (NPP) believes it’s time preservationists spent less
time reacting publicly to destruction and more time talking about real possibilities before the wrecking
ball arrives. Join NPP, neighbors and others sharing a vision on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, as it kicks off
Preservation Month with the first in a series of “These Places Matters” visits throughout the Metro. We
will highlight some of Louisville’s treasures and the local efforts to preserve and retrofit our vintage
structures to serve another 100 years. Let’s renew our local spirit, LET’S RESTORE LOUISVILLE!
Press Conference: These Places Matter: Promise of Colonial Gardens
Where: Colonial Gardens, 818 Kenwood Drive When: May 5, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m.
For questions, contact:
Martina Nichols Kunnecke at 502.297.3051 or at nppkentuckiana@gmail.com

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