Louisville’s Downtown has recently undergone major development and with the revitalization of many downtown neighborhoods, the growth of Louisville’s Downtown has never looked brighter. Louisville is the largest central business district in the state of Kentucky and with the recent opening of the KFC Yum Center in Central Downtown, the community is booming from the center outwards.
Louisville’s Downtown is made up of five districts; East Main District, West Main District, Medical Center District, Fourth Street District, and the Civic Center District.
Louisville’s East Main and Market Streets which were recently lined with run down historic buildings, are now thriving. This area has been named Nulu, and is flourishing with restaurants, bars, and shops. Doc Crows, Toast on Market, Mayan Café and Harvest Restaurant are some of the new local hot spots. East Main is also home to Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row, a row of seven historic buildings built between 1852 and 1905 that served as Kentucky’s bourbon industry’s epicenter.
West Main Street, is known as Museum Row. This area is only second to New York City’s SoHo in cast iron facades. West Main Street boasts several museums within blocks of one other. The Louisville Slugger Museum, Muhammad Ali Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Frazier International History Museum, and Louisville Science Center are all within Museum Row. Main Street is also home to the Louisville arts community. Actors Theatre of Louisville, 21c Art Gallery, Kentucky Center for the Arts, and the Louisville Ballet are all located on West Main Street. After you see a show, or art exhibit, you can walk to one of Louisville’s best fine dining restaurants. Morton’s Steakhouse, Jeff Ruby’s, and Vincenzo’s Restaurant are all close by.
In the middle of Louisville’s Downtown you will find the Medical Center District, with award winning, and pioneering hospitals. Among the hospitals found in Downtown, is the University of Louisville Hospital. UofL Hospital brings with it a large medical student population to Downtown.
The Civic Center District is home to some of Louisville’s most beautiful and historic buildings. Throughout the District you will find architectural details that you may not notice right away, but when you do, will make you smile. Louisville’s City Hall Building at 6th and Jefferson looks conventional at first, an elegant Italianate style building, built in1866, but after taking a closer look, you will notice the figures above the second story windows. Conventionally these figures would be gargoyles or the founding fathers, but these figures are cows, pigs, and cattle. These figures are symbolic of Louisville’s history, but more importantly, they reflect Louisville’s sense of humor. The Louisville Historic Society has developed a program called “Look Up Louisville” to impress upon residents and visitors the many architectural details they might be missing every day.
The Fourth Street District is home to Downtown Louisville’s most residential and historic neighborhoods, the Old Louisville neighborhood. Old Louisville is a diverse neighborhood offering apartment, condo, and single-family living amongst tree lined streets and courts. In Old Louisville you will find the largest assembly of Victorian mansions in the Country. Other styles of homes in Old Louisville include Italianate, Renaissance Revival/Georgian Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Tudor, Beaux Arts, and many more. The Old Louisville neighborhood is a great community to be a part of. With several annual festivals like the Annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Garvin Gate Blues Festival, and the renowned St. James Art Show, Old Louisville is an active, artistic community that has a lot to offer it’s residents.
Since the early 1990’s, Downtown Louisville has been reinvigorating it’s residential status. Once known as a City that shut downs on the weekends and evenings, Downtown Louisville has since changed its reputation. With the development of the luxury 22-story Waterfront Park Place, and the $30 million dollar project of the Fleur De Lis Condos on Main, Downtown Louisville is now the hip new place to live. The amount of housing available in Downtown Louisville has doubled between 2005 and 2011. Development of loft and condo development on Main Street and in the East Market neighborhood of Nulu is booming. Condos in this area can be found from $200,000 upwards of $1,000,000. The Old Louisville neighborhood has a lot of variety in the homes offered. The median sales price for a home in Old Louisville is $230,153.
Downtown Louisville is part of the Jefferson County School District, Schools close by include Lincoln Elementary, Noe Middle School, and Manual High School.