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Architectural Styles of Old Louisville

The neighborhood known as Old Louisville is like a step back in time with big beautiful original Victorian Houses. The development of Old Louisville began in the 1830's. Several aspects of Old Louisville architecture are significant.  First, a variety of Styles ranging from the formal, symmetrical designs of Renaissance Revival to the romance of Queen Anne and Chateauesque, can be viewed within a one or two block area.  Second, a diversity of colors, materials and scale abound in the residences here.   Three-story homes along Third and Fourth Streets are the largest and most elaborate, followed by those in St. James Court, Ormsby, and Second Street. Smaller row houses can also be seen in Old Louisville, including a number of carriage houses converted to private residences.  A variety of dwelling types, including some early experiments in apartment buildings and duplexes, can also be seen. Many buildings contain bits and pieces from several architectural styles as there are many of them to be seen in Old Louisville such as Victorian Gothic, Italianate, Renaissance Revival/Georgian Revival, Queen Anne, as mentioned before, and the Tudor, and Beaux Arts styles just to name a few. This is all part of the eclecticism that makes Old Louisville very picturesque.  There are many tours available of Old Louisville from walking to driving tours. In my opinion the best tours are the walking ones because then you can truly appreciate the uniqueness of Old Louisville.

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