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Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes

 
 
Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  The Grotto (D.X. Murphy & Bros., Architects) was dedicated in 1927 as a place for contemplation on St. Joseph Infirmary grounds. Two-story, half-domed, concrete apse is faced on inside with stones and rubble. Modeled on natural grotto at Lourdes, SW France, where Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.

Their statues adorned Louisville Grotto. Masonry walls enclose Grotto’s Garden. Fourteen arched niches, since filled in, held mosaics of Stations of the Cross, events from end of Jesus’ life. Dwane Beckhart painted modern replacements. Named state landmark by Ky. Heritage Council, 2001.
Given by St. Joseph's Area Association, Inc.

 
Erected 2005 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2179.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & ReligionParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 
Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes Marker (Side B)
12.831′ N, 85° 44.87′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and Presidents Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on Bradley Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40217, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heroism at Little Big Horn / Saddler Sergeant Otto Voit (approx. half a mile away); Founding of Jefferson Seminary (approx. 0.7 miles away); Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) (approx. 0.7 miles away); Belknap Campus (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, Jr. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Anne M. Braden (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Rufus E. Clement (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Eleanor Young Love (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Secret Spot: Louisville’s Secret Garden. From Urban Explorer. Posted February 5, 2019. (Submitted on December 2, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
3. Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes Marker
Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
4. Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on December 2, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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