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Old January 13th, 2006, 04:09 AM   #1
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Louisville Courts I: Belgravia & Fountain Courts

Louisville has quite a bit of urban charm.

One of the urban set-pieces of the city that contributes to this charm is the pedestrian court. This is somewhat unique, I think, as I have not seen these eleswhere (not to say they don't exist, just don't know of any).

The court is found all over the older parts of the city, but the concentration is in the victorian "Old Louisville" neighborhood. For me these Old Louisville courts (and Old Louisville itself) are the heart of the city, the place where Louisville is most itself. The genus loci is very strong on these streets.

I will start with perhaps the best, Belgravia Court, and its smaller neighbor Fountain Court. Later threads will work down to some lesser courts in Old Louisville, and then to two courts in outer neighborhoods.

Note, these are all public "streets", with street signs and all, not private.

Belgravia Court



































Fountain Court

Fountain Court is a block away from Belgravia, and takes its name from a large fountain. It is a short court, but not devoid of interest.














Nearing the end, the large apartment buildings on 4th Street are visible.



Looking back from where we came....



Corner House.

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Old January 13th, 2006, 04:33 AM   #2
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*floored*

I love Old Louisville.
Did you happen to take any pictures of Dupont Manual High School on 2nd street? Thats my school. Its an incredible building.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 05:11 AM   #3
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Fantastic photos. I have seen photos from these courts before, but nothing has given me a better idea as well as the images posted above. I always admired Louisville's older neighborhoods for their style and character!!!
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Old January 13th, 2006, 07:53 PM   #5
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Louisville's older neighborhoods are definately the soul of the city, architectually and culturally.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #6
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The house in the 5th pic down from the top......
The brown house with Blue trim is where my aunt used to live. Its bueatiful inside however its not a whole house its divided into apartments which is a disgrace for such nice architecture.

The guy who owns the place is an alcholoic who actually inheireted the mansion from a fellow bar patron who passed away and left it to him. What luck eh?
However I don't know if the same guy owns it or sold it because it looks a lot nicer now then it did in 2000.
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Beautiful pics & neighborhoods. Do they back up to alleys? Are guests supposed to park on a nearby street and walk up to the front door?
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These two courts branch from either side of St James Court, which is an actual street, and they go until they run into 4th and 5th streets. Most of the residents park on the streets or all along St James Court.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 02:12 AM   #9
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Did you happen to take any pictures of Dupont Manual High School on 2nd street? Thats my school. Its an incredible building
Oh yes, I know Dupont Manual..it is quite the neighborhood landmark! I have a set of pix of Old Louisville, but unfortunatly Manual is not in them. Perhaps on my next trip down I will shoot a few to round off my set.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 05:07 AM   #10
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Awsome! Its a great and very befitting school for the neighborhood.
Its a shame though, because nearby you have Noe Middle school, an awful, windowless 3 story box, and YPAS, that looks just about the same. >.>
But YPAS has dance studios, large band rooms, choir rooms, the Main Stage theatre (seats enough that it would be considered a "Broadway" theatre if it were in NY), and the West Theatre (black box thrust), so all of these facilities kinda called for no windows.
But still, both of these buildings really don't blend well with the area.
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