The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is a nonprofit organization of the 15 neighborhood associations representing the 12,000 residents and businesses of Old Louisville. In 2016, Old Louisville was named One of the Great Places of America by the American Planning Association, recognizing the strong residential investment in the community and its identification with the arts. The OLNC proudly accepted this award for the community.
For over 30 years, the OLNC has sought community-based solutions to problems. Neighborhood leaders have fought urban blight leading to rejuvenated communities. Today, the national preservation district of Old Louisville boasts the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States. Together we advocate for historic preservation, plant trees, work in a community garden, serve as good stewards of Central Park, work on zoning issues, establish neighborhood watch programs, put on free concerts in Central Park, give to the most vulnerable in our community, and support our local businesses. Yet, we are always striving to do more.
Old Louisville’s commitment to the arts is unparalleled. The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council now produces Old Louisville LIVE, a series of seven free arts performances in Central Park showcasing an eclectic array of artists, from hip hop to the Louisville Ballet. The St. James Court Art Show has grown from a sidewalk display of art on clotheslines to one of the nation’s largest outdoor art shows drawing 300,000 people each October. We are home to the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park every summer. The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is now one of the most prestigious blues festivals between Chicago and Mississippi. And, Springfest is a lively Toonerville neighborhood street fest of music, food and fun. All of these events depend on an army of volunteers! We believe the arts foster the best sense of community.
The gateway to Old Louisville is the Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center in Central Park. We offer guided historic architectural tours, educational seminars, and enrichment tours such as the popular Holiday Home Tour and Victorian Tales of Terror.
United we are always stronger. The OLNC recently spearheaded an Old Louisville Arts Council to partner with the Filson Historical Society, the Conrad Caldwell House Museum, the Asia Institute Crane House, the Louisville Free Public Library, the University of Louisville, the Kentucky College of Art and Design, the St. James Court Art Show, the Garvin Gate Blues Festival and Vault 1031. We seek collaboration on many levels to enhance the quality of life of our residential communities.
To advocate, promote, and protect Old Louisville’s historic architecture and streetscapes within a diverse neighborhood of residents and businesses while advancing artistic and cultural events to build community.
- To be the official voice of Old Louisville, serving as a strong advocate for a safe, clean, healthy community where all can flourish.
- To preserve and protect one of the nation’s oldest historic preservation districts of Victorian mansions, as well as its distinctive 19th and early 20th century homes and landscapes.
- To encourage heritage tourism for enrichment and educational purposes.
- To promote artistic and educational events within this culturally diverse neighborhood, thereby building community and fostering cooperation.
- To promote neighborhood revitalization and business development.
Meet the Executive Board
Shawn Fields Williams
Jim Brooks and his wife Linda have been Old Louisville residents for 15 years. They live in a historic Victorian home on South 4th Street near Central Park. Jim is an engineer for a local mechanical and electrical consulting firm. In addition to his work as Vice Chair for the OLNC, Jim is actively involved with the South 4th Street Association and serves as its President. He also serves on the Board of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
Leah Stewart has lived in Old Louisville for 20 years in what is still often referred to as “the new house,” which they built. She owns the Louisville Dessert Truck and is president of the Louisville Food Truck Association. Currently, she is also serving as the Treasurer of the OLNC. Leah has also served as Chair of the Business Task Force and the Vice Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. She and her husband, Gordon, live on Sixth Street and belong to the Central Park West Association.
Chuck Anderson has been a resident of Old Louisville since 1995 and lives on the 1300 block of South 3rd Street with his wife Sheelah and their four dogs. Chuck is an engineer and a Vice President and Director of Operations for the Louisville office of Strand Associates, a consulting engineering firm.He has been an active member of the 1300 Association and has served in leadership roles for many years, including President. From 2005-2008, Chuck was the Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. He was active in the former Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce and served on the Oak Street Task Force. Currently he is serving on the OLNC executive committee as Secretary as well as Chair of the Zoning and Land Use Committee.