Save the dates!

Mark your calendars, because we have some upcoming events in the neighborhood!

The Beechmont Open Air Market Harvest Festival

The 2017 Harvest Festival will be Saturday, September 23 from 8 am – 12 pm at the corner of Southern Parkway and Wellington. Be sure to stop by to vote for your favorite farmer and favorite artisan!

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Volunteer Event at Iroquois Park – October 14, 2017

Show your Olmsted Park Pride by volunteering with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Iroquois Park from 10 am – 12 pm on October 14, 2017! Tasks may include weeding, mulching, painting and general park beautification. Gloves, guidance and tools provided. Dress for the weather and getting dirty! Long pants with socks and tennis shoes or old boots are recommended- no shorts or sandals please. To register, click here!

Louisville Beer Run – November 11, 2017

A not-so-traditional run in Iroquois Park with an amazing after-party. This run isn’t about who’s the fastest. This is simply about having fun. Every 3 quarters of a mile, you’ll be treated to a specialty beer sampling. Once you’ve made it through the 5k course, we’ll welcome you at the after-party with your choice of a 16oz beer. We’ll continue the party with live music, food, and plenty of fun all while benefiting Olmsted Parks!

That’s not all! Every participant receives a 16oz Louisville Beer Run glass and an authentic Louisville Beer Run t-shirt included with a paid registration. Additional glasses and shirts are available for purchase.

Runners begin at, your choice of, 10:00or 10:15AM, walkers will start at 10:20AM.

This event is restricted to individuals who are 21 years of age or older as of the day of the event.

You can register here to run the race or here to volunteer!

We hope to see you around at some of these events as we welcome fall to the neighborhood!


These Places Matter Tour – 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

Beechmont’s Walking Courts – Hilltop and Maple

547962bcThis article was written by Betty Rieber who was a long time BNA member and historic preservationist. I thought some of you who live on Hilltop might enjoy seeing it.

Beechmont”s Bungalow Courts Walking Tour

National Register Bungalows

These Courts are part of the Beechmont/ Southern Heights District.
Bargeboard – a board , often ornately curved, attached to the protecting edges; a gabled roof

Bracket – a support element under eaves or other overhangs, often more decorative than functional

Collar – a band or molding encircling a member at top and bottom

Facade – the exterior face of a building

Gable – a triangular wall segment at the end of a double-pitched or gable roof

Gambriel –a ridged roof with two slide slopes on each side, the lower slope having the steeper pitch

King post – a beam in the frame of a roof, rising from the tie beam to the ridge

Lintel – a horizontal member over a window, doorway or other opening to support the weight above the opening.

Muntin – a small bar separating glass lights in a window

Purlin – horizontal roof members laid over trusses to support rafters.

Sash – an individual frame into which glass is set.

Hill Top Court Preservation History

1 Hilltop Court

Typical mid western bungalow with living room with fireplace, dining room and reasonably sized kitchen, back hall with two bedrooms and bath off of it on the first floor and an enclosed stairwell heading down to the basement and up to the second floor- front dormer which was a finished bedroom. The entire upstairs may be finished into two more bedrooms and a full bath, by now , since the plans were drawn about 20 years ago but I do not know if they were implemented.

The bungalow is very much in keeping with the type built in the 20’s and 30’s. It was owned by Mary and Willie Wood, brother and sister, in 1959. They were elderly then, so I can’t say if they were or weren’t first owners. The enclosure on the front porch is something that has happened on many bungalows, both to increase living space for at least nine months out of the year and as an energy conserver in the winter months, since this is the south side of the house and the sun lays low enough to enter the area under the wide eaves in the winter and in the summer it does not. In the past, the glass was seldom removed in the hot months.

3 Hill Top Court

My favorite , of course, since this is where we had our children and, in betweeen, squeezed every spare inch out of the inside we could. It originally consisted of four rooms down and three and a bath up. It was likely completed in 1911, as were many of the other houses. We found the inscription, Louisville Decorating Services, May 1911, on the second floor hall wall, when we steamed all the old paper off.
It was at one time owned by a Reverand Horton and his wife who raised a very large family in this very modest bungalow. They lived here into old age and that is apparently when the rear was extended to allow another full bath on the first floor and a screend-in porch on the back, which is now incorporated into the kitchen. At some time the rear dormer was extended all across the back to accommodate a fourth, very small room that was roughly finished.
The exterior had been clad in aluminum by someone prior to us and my husband refused to let me get rid of it. The buyer after us , additionally messed up its Arts and Crafts style by cladding the brackets in aluminum in a manner quite foreign, and cutting off one of the cross beams on the front porch, destroying the Adirondack flavor of the house, its style.
I can only guess that It was originally clapboard on the first floor and shakes on the dormers. The roof was originally wood shakes, which our roofer found after he removed three layers of composition shingles. Rather than remove the shakes, the roofer sheathed over them with marine grade plywood. The front porch was enclosed in jalousies by a previous owner and we left them for the reasons previously stated on no. 1
Inside, the woodwork was painted throughout, giving it more of a colonial revival look. The living room has the typical built-ins, window seats, with hinged tops for storage, and a glass-doored, enclosed bookcase. Both living and dining have picture rail and plate rail on all four walls. The ceilings are crossed with turned wood trim. The floors in these two rooms are oak , the rest pine , except for the upstairs master bedroom, where we installed hardwood. All the rest were pine. The fireplace in this house is in the dining room and has been reworked by a subsequent owner who did not like the Craftsman green tile.
The first floor, back room I made into a playroom, covering the walls, which had been painted in a hunter green over wallpaper, with (horrors) plywood. It was the only solution available at the time and I left the woodwork, if another owner wated to restore it. I had a large, sliding door closet on one side of the back wall and and a cabinet and drawers built on the other side, with a window seat and tiny sliding door storage underneath for toys. The window seat looked out on the back patio that we had installed, and the childrens play area.
There are other features of the Bungalow period. The stairwell with one entry and a landing halfway up, is typical in the rear of the house, not showcasing in the front. Originally the small center hall it runs off of, had doors at all openings, but the living room and kitchen ones had long since been relegated to the basement I left them there The basement stairs lead down to a small half-basement which was common in this area of poor drainage. This house also has an outside entrance under the back porch.
The kitchen was completely redone. It had long since lost its’ original character. It was done in butternut cabinets and my husband painstakingly removed the plaster from the chimney wall, which jutted out in to the room, making it a focal point rather than an inconvenience.
Storage being a problem in many of these houses. (This one, no exception) we had a drop stairwell installed to the attic and insulation and plywood flooring added as well as a whole house fan , since, at that time, we did not have air.
The second floor bedrooms had walk-in closets that were completely non-functional. One of the neat things about a bungalow is the nooks and crannies they carry, under their eaves. They invite you to tear into them but do so with trepidation You don’t know what you will find. What we found was, the floor joist stopped a few feet from the finished space and the space dropped down to roof rafters which our carpenter had to reinforce in order for them to carry weight. We finished that area with tongue and groove cedar, installing custom hanging rods and shelving, turning the entire area into a dressing room ay a time when that was not a usual feature in any but the most expensive houses.

5 Hill Top Court

Was a typical bungalow with a low , shed roof dormer, typical of the low slung style. It has, in recent years,. been replaced by the large bowfront dormer you see.
The first floor has only four rooms. In 1959, it was owned by William Carroll and his wife, who were owners of the only theatre supply business in town, Falls City. They outfitted the movie houses downtown as well as Columbia Auditorium and Many others. It passed to a grandson and then to the owner who turned a small two window clerestory-type dormer into this large bay-type addition.

7 Hill Top Court

Was owned by Harold and Eileen Gray in 1959. They had lived there a number of years with various members of their family, including their daughter,. Gayle. This house had a living room that extends across the entire front of the house. The fireplace, an essential part of the Arts & Crafts style, is at one end of the room and the typical three or four steps leading to the enclosed center stairway, is on the other, opposite the front door. The dining room is directly off the living and adjacent to a small kitchen which has the other side of the center stairway steps leading up to a landing.. This arrangement was intrinsic to the style, making the stairway utilitarian rather than a grand focal point. It had to do with modesty and being family oriented. It was also very practical, as it did not need great upkeep. This indeed, was part of the philosophy. At the top of the stairs are two bedrooms on either side and a full bath.

2 Hill Top Court

Iis basically the same house as # 3 with the notable fact that the heavy beams that framed the front porch, have been cut off, thus robbing this house of its identity. In 1959, this house was owned by Mr and Mrs Jack Stratton. They apparently raised two chidren and housed other family members here.

4 Hill top Court

Built in 1911 by P.C. Dix, state secretary for the YMCA, owned by Frank and Elsie Beeler. He was principal of Watson Lane Elementary ( now Lowe’s) and she was a music teacher. They raised five children in this tiny house.
Classified as Western Stick style, this house did have the original dark woodwork throughout and like # 3, it has the plate rail, picture rail and ornamental turned wood, cross hatching on the ceiling in the living and dining rooms. There are two bedrooms on the first floor and a finished attic which was used as bedroom space, which is also part of the bungaalow movement. The kitchen was tiny( I believe it has been done over) but did contain the drop down ironing board, a hallmark of the bungalow, in its own little cabinet. The rear addition was done in the 60’s.

6 Hill Top Court

Built for W. C. Paige, field secretary for the State YMCA. Some time late it was bought by the Horines ( fondly known as big Horine and little Horine ) who raised two daughters and a son here. He was vice president of the Mengel on Colorado Ave. It was left to one daughter, Ruth Horine Cornwall who lived there with her daughter, Mary Jane, until poor health caused her to give it up. An addition to the rear was put in for family members.

8 Hill Top Court

is a raised bungalow, more so than the others. In 1959 it was owned by Roy Skarls and his wife. they raised two children here. Their daughter became a nurse and their son, an architect,
The first floor has a living room with a room opening on to it from the left of the front door, that could have been designated aa study but was probably used as a bedroom. I have been told thaat at the time these house wer built, the tax assessment was based on the number of bedrooms. At one time, value used to be determined by the number of rooms in a house and was considered a valid way of arriving at total value so this may be true.The formal dining room is directly behind the living room. The kitchen is off a hall that parallels the center , enclosed stairway. At the top of the stairs are a bedroom on either side of the stairway hall and the full bath straigh ahead.

These courts were laid out with a designated right-of -way down the middle but it was never built. the court dwellers decided they liked the privacy of the court rather than have a street in front of their houses. Hill Top had a Court association ( homeowners association) they paid annual dues for maintenance and extra for repairs or unusual work. this was dissolved by the Skarls in 1977. the alleys were connected but the residents had them closed where the right-a-way came through. They did not like the garbage truck coming across the entrance of the courts.


Researching Your Old House


Researching Your Old House

Hands on History Workshop
Saturday, December 13th, 1-4pm

December 13, 2014 1-4 PM

The Brennan House 
631 South 5th Street Louisville, KY 40202

*Don’t forget to Make Your Holidays Historic with a Victorian Holiday Tour of the Brennan House & Conrad-Caldwell House!
Tour Both Mansions for $15!
For Info & Tickets
For our Downton Abbey
Finale Party
Sunday February 22, 2015
Your historic home has stories to tell! 
What do you know about 
your house’s history?
Have you ever wondered 
about the history of your home? 
Who used to live there or 
what their lives were like? 
This session of Hands on History will explore methods of research to uncover the story of your house. It is less about architectural history, and more about the history of the building and the people who owned and lived in it. Learn how to use resources such as maps, census data, city directories, land conveyances, photographs, newspapers and local histories as well as where you can find these research tools. This session will give provide a guide to constructing a history of your home.
Join us on December 13, 2014, and learn how to research your historic home’s past, and learn about your own heritage along the way!
Registration Fee: $30 per person or   
$20 for Preservation Louisville Members
For more information,

Broken Sidewalk

logos-brokensidewalk-300If you aren’t reading this blog by Architect Branden Klayko, you are missing out on what’s happening in Louisville’s landscape. New buildings, historic preservation, bike lanes, and mass transit, it’s all in here everyday.  Check it out!  Broken Sidewalk


Stained Glass Workshop


Stained Glass!

Hands on History Workshop

November 8
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Preservation Louisville
The Brennan House Histric Home
631 South 5th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

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Saturday November 8, 2014
from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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ADMISSION: $20 for Preservation Louisville members; $30 for non-members
This is a hands-on, active learning workshop and class size is limited.
Advance registration is required!

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Our November workshop will cover the basic steps taken to restore a historic stained glass window. Participants will learn methods and techniques of repair using standard tools and equipment for traditional stained glass windows. Tools and equipment provided.
A stained glass window in any building (historic or contemporary) is a work of art that should be respected and cherished. Rhonda Deeg from RLD Glass and Restoration, LLC, loves to work with this medium and understands how important it is to keep these pieces of artwork maintained and looking beautiful for all to enjoy.
When restoring stained glass windows, Rhonda believes in repairing only what is necessary. Most windows only need cleaning and maintenance. Rhonda follows the standards and guidelines for the preservation of historic stained glass set forth and published by the Stained Glass Association of America for all work.
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As Metro Louisville’s citywide non-profit historic preservation organization, Preservation Louisville works in partnership with local, state and national organizations to promote the preservation of our community’s historic resources through education and advocacy.  Preservation Louisville also provides education, technical information and resources.  For more information,

Do’s & Don’ts of Historic Preservation


Hands on History Workshop – October 11, 2014
The Do’s and Don’ts of Historic Restorations


The Brennan House
631 S. Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Saturday October 11, 2014
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
About Hands on History:
Hands on History is an educational series designed to give participants a hands-on, in-depth overview of various preservation issues and methods of maintinaing and preserving historic buildings. Preservation Louisville is co-sponsoring this workshop series with Metro Louisville Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. Programs are presented with support from the Brown-Forman Corporation.

Other Upcoming Events:

HP Tax

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshop

Saturday October 18, 2014 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Preservation Louisville, Inc. is co-sponsoring Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshops in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office. Offered quarterly, these workshops assist property owners and businesses with applying for state and federal historic preservation tax credits.

Preservation Louisville

Do’s and Don’ts of 

Historic Restorations

October 11, 2014

Guest Speaker: Gary Kleier, AIA 

Led by architect Gary Kleier, the workshop will explore components of a historic home and highlight how preservation can be the ultimate in “green” living. With 33 years of experience, and specialties in historic renovation, restoration, and applying green concepts in historic structures, Kleier is sure to help those dealing with rehabilitation issues in a historic home who are interested in achieving the most environmentally friendly results in the most cost efficient manner.


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Our “Do’s and Don’ts of Renovations” Workshop is part of the Hands on History Series. Preservation Louisville will be hosting a workshop every second Saturday of the month from 1pm until 4pm. Join us next month for Stained Glass Preservation!


As a Metro Louisville citywide non-profit historic preservation organization,
Preservation Louisville works in partnership with local, state and national organizations to promote the preservation of our community’s historic resources through education and advocacy. Preservation Louisville also provides education, technical information and resources.