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Shelby Park Neighborhood / Shelby Park Branch Library

 
 
Shelby Park Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Shelby Park Neighborhood Marker
Inscription.  
Shelby Park Neighborhood
In 1847, the German working class first populated the area bounded by Kentucky, Preston, Bergman, & Logan Streets. In 1907, Mayor Paul Barth personally purchased part of the land that made up the 17-acre park. Designed by the Olmsted firm, it was named for the 1st governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby. It serves the recreational needs of the area.

Shelby Park Branch Library
In 1906, neighbors each donated $2 to purchase land for a library. The Second Renaissance Revival-styled library, designed by Arthur Loomis, opened in 1911. It was listed on the National Register in 1980. It is one of seven Carnegie-endowed libraries in Louisville & serves the social and educational interests of the area.
 
Erected 2013 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2396.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas
Shelby Park Branch Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Shelby Park Branch Library Marker
Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 14.034′ N, 85° 44.712′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East Oak Street east of South Hancock Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 East Oak 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. St. Matthew Church / Act of Compassion (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Vincent de Paul Parish / D.X. Murphy (1853-1933) (approx. ¼ mile away); Preston and St. Catherine Streets Historic District / Mason Maury (approx. ¼ mile away); Off Shelby / Shelby St. Streetcar Barn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Falls City Jeans & Woolen Mills / Kentucky Jeans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Louisville Cotton Mill / Germantown Mill Lofts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Red Cross Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Presbyterian Community Center (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Shelby Park Neighborhood / Shelby Park Branch Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
3. Shelby Park Neighborhood / Shelby Park Branch Library Marker
Shelby Park Branch Library image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
4. Shelby Park Branch Library
 
 
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 38 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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