Old Louisville Historic Tour, Louisville

Old Louisville is a perfect area in which to travel through the history of the city. It is where the oldest and most special buildings and other reminders of the past are concentrated. Structures of the most diverse ages and architectural styles are adorning the streets of Old Louisville. Take the present self-guided tour to learn many interesting facts about the city's past and admire the beauty of the old park, churches and palaces.
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Old Louisville Historic Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Louisville Historic Tour
Guide Location: USA » Louisville (See other walking tours in Louisville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: Cathy
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Greater Bethel Temple

1) Greater Bethel Temple

Greater Bethel Temple is a pentecostal apostolic church situated in Old Louisville. The building sheltering the present church is the former church of the Adath Israel congregation. The design of the structure was developed by the architectural firm McDonald and Dodd's members, J.F. Sheblessy and Kenneth McDonald. The construction was completed in 1906 and was dedicated in the same year. The design of the temple belongs to the classical revival architectural style. It was made of Bedford Limestone, which represents one of the highest qualities of limestone in the country. The facade of the building is adorned with six grand columns supporting a portico with a religious message engraved on it.
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Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church

2) Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church

Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church is home to a congregation that was formed in 1888. Some remains of the old building is contained within the new one, which was built in 1902 in Gothic architectural style. In 1922, a Sunday School was attached to the church. After the Louisville flood in 1937, the structure underwent major renovation. The newest annex of the church is a Chapel called Sallie Smyser which was created in 1957.
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The Filson Historical Society

3) The Filson Historical Society

The Filson Historical Society, formerly the Filson Club, was created in May, 1884 and was named in honor of the famous historian - John Filson. The founder of the society was Reuben T. Durrett and nine other Louisville inhabitants. The building of the society also houses a small historical museum, where visitors are welcome to learn many interesting facts about Louisville's past. The structure housing the Filson Society is called the Ferguson Mansion and it was constructed between 1901 and 1905 by Edwin Hite Ferguson. When the construction was completed, the Ferguson Mansion was declared the most expensive home in the city.
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Central Park

4) Central Park (must see)

Central Park in Old Louisville has a long and interesting history. It was created in 1904. The idea of creating a green venue for the inhabitants of the city belonged to Frederick Law Olmstead. The park was designed as a place of relaxation where people could have a walk, admire the pond, have a picnic or play tennis. Central Park often hosts diverse concerts, celebrations and oher events. A playground is also available.
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West End Baptist Church

5) West End Baptist Church

The West End Baptist Church, which was initially built as St. Paul's Episcopal Church is one of the most beautiful Gothic structures in Old Louisville. The architects who worked on the design of the building were the famous William J. Dodd and Mason Maury. The most special feature of the building is the square tower, ornate with numerous decorational elements.
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Conrad-Caldwell House

6) Conrad-Caldwell House (must see)

Conrad-Caldwell House, or Conrad's Castle is a splendid mansion located in Old Louisville. It was constructed for Theophilus Conrad - a rich businessman in 1895. After the owner's death the house was bought by the Caldwell family. They lived in the mansion for thirty-five years. After the Caldwells, the house was used as a shelter for the Rose Anna Hughes Presbyterian Retirement Home. Today the house serves as a museum. There you can admire Victorian interiors, restored and preserved, belonging to both families. The Conrad-Caldwell House is designed in Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style. Visitors can visit the museum Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 12.00 - 16.00; Saturdays: 10.00 - 16.00.
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Pink Palace

7) Pink Palace

The Pink Palace is one of the most popular buildings in Old Louisville. It was built in 1891 as a home for the Gentleman's Club and Casino. Unfortunately, the club enjoyed the palace only for a few years. Later it was purchased by a family who made it their home. After 1910, the building was bought by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the palace was painted in pink, which is today its distinguishing feature. The palace is a structure made of bricks. Its design follows the Victorian architectural style with details of Ecletic and Chateauesque. It was built in the style of French palaces. The Pink Palace has the reputation of a haunted house.
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Werne's Row

8) Werne's Row

Werne's Row is a row of five similar houses located in the center of Old Louisville. Joseph Werne, a rich jeweller and antiques salesman was the one who ordered the present mansions for his children. Construction was completed in 1895. The Chateauesque late Victorian houses were designed by William J. Dodd - a famous architect of that period. Even if the houses look very much alike, beautiful decorational details are attached to give each building a personal and unusual style.
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Church of Saint Philip Neri

9) Church of Saint Philip Neri

The Church of Saint Philip Neri is a Catholic church located in the center of Old Louisville. The construction of the structure took place in 1896. It was named in honor of this important religious personae. The Renaissance architectural style was used in the construction of the church. The interesting thing about the Church of Saint Philip Neri is that it represents a similar yet smaller version of the Church of Gesù in Rome.

Walking Tours in Louisville, Kentucky

Create Your Own Walk in Louisville

Create Your Own Walk in Louisville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Louisville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Louisville, Kentucky's largest city, is a treasure trove of themed attractions. History and science buffs will certainly take interest in the Frazier International History Museum, Louisville Science Center, and the Thomas Edison House. If you're big on sports, consider the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, celebrating baseball, and the Muhammad Ali Center. If you're keen on whiskey, you might be willing to check out Whiskey Row. To find all these sites in one go, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Louisville Nightclubs and Lounges Walking Tour

Louisville Nightclubs and Lounges Walking Tour

Louisville is a city with a bustling nightlife, a young spirit and constant catering to people who like to dance and have fun at night. The nighclubs of Louisville are very colorful and different, having something to offer for people with any preference: hip hop, striptease, piano or blues. Use the present guide to find the best nightlife venues in the never-sleeping city of Louisville.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Louisville Downtown Museums and Art Galleries

Louisville Downtown Museums and Art Galleries

Louisville is a city famous for its quantity and diversity of museums. The biggest concentration of museums and art galleries can be found downtown. The galleries are represented by the most contemporary and talented artists and the museums exhibit their showpieces with the help of the newest technologies, which makes the visits more entertaining and educational. Visitors of any age and interest will find something interesting in the tour of Louisville's downtown museums and art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Louisville Architecture Walking Tour

Louisville Architecture Walking Tour

Louisville is a city famous for its architectural masterpieces of different styles and ages. The present guide presents the most distinguished buildings in the city. The combination of sizes, age and architectural directions form a beautiful and unique city panorama. Tourists will be able to admire splendid Romanesque, Neo-Gothic, Classic Revival and Beaux-Arts architecture. Use the present self-guided tour to start your journey to the precious architectural treasures of Louisville.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Highlands Bars and Pubs Walking Tour in Louisville

Highlands Bars and Pubs Walking Tour in Louisville

The Highlands area of Louisville is a real treasure in terms of bars and pubs. Visitors will be delighted to find places with the best beer brands, the most popular music bands and the coziest interiors located in walking distance from each other, on the legendary Bradstown Road and Baxter Avenue. Besides concerts and often karaoke parties, these venues have other entertaining activities to offer, for example sporting events on huge TV screens, billiard tables and pinball machines. Take the present guide to explore the area with the highest density of qualitative pubs and bars in Louisville.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Louisville Butchertown Neighborhood Walk

Louisville Butchertown Neighborhood Walk

The Butchertown neighborhood is a very picturesque part of Louisville. The beautiful bridges over the Ohio River, the sophisticated churches' architectural styles and the fantastic parks are the perfect place to walk around. The Thomas Edison House and Kaviar Forge and Gallery are also popular places in this area, due to their uniqueness and spirit. Use the present guided tour to admire the beauty of the Butchertown district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Louisville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Louisville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Louisville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.