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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Visions / Restoration and Revitalization

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Visions Marker
Inscription.  
Visions
In the 1890s, Wm. H. Slaughter envisioned and with the Victoria Land Co. developed St. James Court. Earlier (1874-1882) the land served as a sports and entertainment complex, including home field of Louisville’s charter-member National League team (1876-7). From 1883-1887 the main building of the Southern Exposition stood here.

Restoration and Revitalization
In the mid-1950s, St. James Court had fallen into disrepair, when Malcolm Bird, Bob Smith & Jim Perry began a preservation movement. In 1957, Bird founded the St. James Court Art Show. It grew into one of the nation’s largest under the leadership of Ann Higbie. Old Louisville was established as an Historic Preservation District in 1974.
 
Erected 2018 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2530.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas
Restoration and Revitalization Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Restoration and Revitalization Marker
Sports. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 13.693′ N, 85° 45.796′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on St. James Court, on the left when traveling south. Marker is near St. James Court Fountain. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1432 St James Court, Louisville KY 40208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Southern Exposition (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conrad-Caldwell House (about 400 feet away); Cabbage Patch Settlement (about 500 feet away); Samuel Grabfelder (1846-1920) / Grabfelder-Handy Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Susan Look Avery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Susan Look Avery / Woman's Club of Louisville (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Filson Historical Society / The Ferguson Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Louisville Girls High School (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Asset Detail | Old Louisville Residential District (PDF). National Register of Historic Places registration and photographs. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Visions / Restoration and Revitalization Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
3. Visions / Restoration and Revitalization Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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