Old Louisville KY Homes for Sale
Although it's not the oldest part of our great city, Old Louisville offers beautiful architecture and tree lined streets. If you would like to live in a beautiful and historic neighborhood take a look at Old Louisville. Read More...
Located in Central Louisville, Old Louisville is the third largest historic district and neighborhood in the US. Old Louisville was not always called Old Louisville nor is it the oldest part of Louisville.
Almost a century after Downtown Old Louisville began, an area called the Southern Extension started being developed in the 1870’s. Predominantly built in the Italianate style, this is where some of Louisville’s early mansions and Country Estates were built.
Due to Louisville expanding to the south, Old Louisville was originally known as the Southern Extension.
By the 1890’s development had started on St. James Court which was the epitome of Victorian eclecticism and was to be a haven for the upper class of Louisville. Along with St. James Court the area was home to the Amphitheatre Auditorium from 1890-1905.
During the late 19th century the Southern Extension was at its peak and was known as the center of Louisville’s social life. The Southern Extension started to decline after the flood of 1937. In the 1940’s Old Louisville first became associated with the area because the building style were too old for the time period. In the 1960’s revitalization had begun in the area and the Southern Extension was renamed Old Louisville.
Old Louisville today features impressive Victorian architecture that showcases historic brick walkways, cast-iron gas lamps, courtyards, fountains and statues. Old Louisville’s St. James and Belgravia courts are among Greater Louisville’s most prestigious areas and play host to the annual St. James Court Art Show held the first weekend of October.