Old Louisville is the third largest historic district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture 48 city blocks and 11 pedestrian courts. It also contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U.S.
Initially home to some of Louisville’s wealthiest residents, Old Louisville saw a decline in the early and mid-20th century. The area continues to improve, with new restaurants and shops opening. The Treyton Oak Towers, senior living community and Belknap Campus of the University of Louisville call Old Louisville home, making it ethnically and economically diverse.
The neighborhood contains The Speed Art Museum, Louisville’s Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Central Park, which features, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival every summer, and hosts the renowned St. James Court Art Show in October. Dining options vary from celebrity Chef, Edward Lee’s, first Louisville restaurant 610 Magnolia to Ollie’s Trolley, a walk-up street car serving delicious burgers.