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Seelbach-Parrish House

 
 
Seelbach-Parrish House Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Seelbach-Parrish House Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  Built in 1888 for German immigrant and hotelier Louis Seelbach (1852-1925) and designed by architects Wehle and Dodd in a modified Richardsonian Romanesque form. This house set the tone for other houses built on this block. In 1905, Seelbach & his brother Otto opened the Seelbach Hotel, which was then the largest hotel in Kentucky.
Sponsored by Louisville Historic League

Charles H. Parrish, Sr. (1859-1931), purchased the house in 1919. Born a slave, Parrish moved to Louisville to pursue an education. He served as president of Simmons Univ. from 1918-1931. Charles H. Parrish, Jr. (1899-1989) and his family lived in the house from 1939-1969 and he became the first black professor at the University of Louisville in 1951.
Sponsored by Parrish Family Descendants

 
Erected 2019 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2525.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
Seelbach-Parrish House Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Seelbach-Parrish House Marker (Side B)
ArchitectureEducationIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 14.486′ N, 85° 45.76′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on South 6th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 926 South 6th Street, Louisville KY 40203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Noted School Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simmons University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Immanuel Baptist Church / First Christian-Lampton Baptist (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presentation Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia Gym (approx. ¼ mile away); Calvary Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); First Unitarian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Murray Atkins Walls Civil Rights Pioneer (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Exploring the life of UofL’s first black educator and his family’s historic Louisville home. From Louisville Future. Posted February 17, 2017. (Submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Seelbach-Parrish House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
3. Seelbach-Parrish House Marker
Louis Seelbach image. Click for full size.
By Public domain / WikiMedia Commons, 1909
4. Louis Seelbach
Louisville Herald newspaper photo.
Charles H. Parrish, Sr. image. Click for full size.
Public domain / Wikipedia, 1921
5. Charles H. Parrish, Sr.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3, 4, 5. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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