St. Francis School Opens its New Theater and Front Entrance

St. Francis School, “the School of Thought,” has completed a major renovation and addition at their Goshen Campus. The project, named Goshen Main Amp, Theater & Lobby Renovation, will provide St. Francis’ Preschool through eighth-grade students with a completely updated and much larger theater space to support their National Youth Arts award-winning performing arts program. The 4,000-square-foot addition and renovation includes seating for 400 in the new theater, an outdoor amphitheater classroom space and a revamped main entryway with a new modern canopy. Design features include the use of natural wood throughout and a large southern canopy and tall glass walls framing the campus’ verdant rear fields while keeping light and heat and heat levels manageable within the theater. The theater is outfitted with a modern digital lighting and audio system, new mechanical system and fixed seating for the upper half of the theater, allowing for greater comfort for the audience while maintaining the child-oriented open-tiered seating for the lower half of the theater.

“This project gives our school a more welcoming entrance and lobby and a performing arts space to match the quality of our students’ talent. It is wonderful news for St. Francis, and also for Oldham County, because the theater could host community concerts and plays, as well as school events. Since our enrollment has grown over 27 percent in the last six years, our performing arts programs, and the seating we need for them, have grown as well. The incredible support from our donors allows us to complete this gorgeous renovation,” said Head of School Alexandra S. Thurstone G’80, ’84.

This $3.4 million-dollar project marks the third of the four building projects included in the School’s $20 million Capital Campaign, with the Goshen gym completed in 2014 and high school expansion in 2016. The architect is Lake|Flato of San Antonio, Texas, and the general contractor is Louisville-based Buffalo Construction, Inc.

A community opening will be held at St. Francis School’s Goshen Campus at 11000 US Highway 42, Goshen 40026 on August 10, 2019, at noon during its Back-to-School Picnic.

American Red Cross VIP Event

Lexus of Louisville Owner Walter Weibel presented a check to the American Red Cross for $25,000 on the evening of Aug. 1.

Photos by Frankie Steele

James Beard Foundation Press Conference

On July 31, the James Beard Foundation and Mayor Greg Fischer announced the return of the  James Beard Foundation Taste America presented by Capital One. The two-part event will take place in Louisville Sept. 26 and 27 and include a benefit dinner at the Speed Art Museum as well as Raising the Bar, a cocktail reception on the Brown Hotel’s rooftop. For tickets and more information, visit

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Fabulous and Fit After Fifty

Like the saying goes: Age is just a number. Being strong and healthy is possible at every age. Celebrate your continued strength during Maximum Results’ event Fabulous & Fit After Fifty. 

Join hosts Ann Bowden of WLKY TV and Denyce Maxwell of Urban Lifestylez for a morning of enlightenment. The event will include a keynote speech from Donna Richardson, a best-selling author of “Witness to Fitness” and creator of the clothing line “Clothing with Confidence.” Richardson has traveled across the world to motivate people to lead powerful and productive lives. 

Interactive panels will include local hosts like Cathy Zion of Today’s Media, Ivy Brito of State Farm, and Deborah Turner of AARP. The holistic conference will discuss a variety of topics, such as health, wellness, finances, relationships, and more – nothing if off limits.

The morning event runs from 10am to 12:30pm—the perfect way to jumpstart a powerful Saturday. The even will be hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Louisville Airport. Sponsors of the event include Humana, Norton Healthcare, State Farm, AARP, Wendy’s, and Today’s Woman. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00AM – 12:30PM
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport

Kentucky to the World Presents Finis “KY” White

As part of the Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series, Kentucky native Finis “KY” White shared his story, “From Risk-Taking to Hit-Making,” on July 30. This event was produced by Kentucky to the World in collaboration with the Kentucky Center.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Birthday Party for JP Davis

JP Davis celebrated his 37th birthday with friends and loved ones at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza on the afternoon of July 28.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Bring Louisville Together Through Song

Love Sings Louder will take place on Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Iroquois Amphitheatre

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center has been inspired by the currently popular “mass singing initiatives” facilitated by groups like Israel’s Koolulam and Canada’s Choir!Choir!Choir!. These events bring together a diverse range of community members with the idea to stop everything for a few hours and just sing together.

In partnership with a diverse group of community leaders, groups and organizations, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center will bring this experience to the Louisville community, enabling participants to enjoy the feeling of togetherness through a deep communal experience – their sounds and voices coming together to create a social choir, full of hope and optimism.

The program for the day will begin with a diverse array of vocal and dance performances while the crowd takes their seats in the Iroquois Amphitheatre. Once gathered, the participants in each section of the Amphitheatre will be taught their part of the song and led through a few practice rounds. There’s no need to be a trained singer, or even a good singer!  Together, we will sound incredible!

Once the song parts have been learned, we will come together for an experience like no other, creating a uniquely beautiful choir that truly represents the diversity of our great city.

Cultural attire is encouraged.  

Co-Chairs: Councilperson Barbara Sexton-Smith & Mark Perelmuter

Sound Leaders: Harry Pickens & Cantor David Lipp

This program is sponsored by the Republic Bank Foundation and Fund for the Arts. There is still time to support this incredible program, contact Lenae Price at 502-794-7304 or to learn more.

Want to get your community involved? Call us!

Staff Contacts: Lenae Price ( 794-7304; Matt Goldberg 238-2707 


Patrons + Performers

Neill Robertson and Mike Ash.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Styling by Andre Wilson

Clothing courtesy of Rodes for Him & For Her, Rodeo Drive, Sassy Fox and Dillard’s

Patronage of the arts dates back to ancient history when those who ruled or possessed tremendous wealth would use their support of the arts as a way to gain power, prestige and influence. In its modern iteration, such support from individuals and organizations forges a beautiful collaboration between performers and patrons and is imperative to retaining our vibrant performing arts scene.


316 W. Main St.

Navy Faint pinstripe Ted Baker, $695 
Murano Tie, $45
Daniel Cremieux Pocket Square, $29.50
Courtesy Dillard’s Mall St. Matthews

Neill Robertson
Actors Theatre performer who has played Renfield in Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula since 2017

“It really takes a village to put a show together, especially a show as technically demanding as Dracula. Without the support of loyal patrons like Mike Ash of Fifth Third Bank, we couldn’t provide Louisville with this time-honored holiday tradition, and most importantly, we couldn’t share this exciting show with the countless students across Kentucky, some of whom have never seen a play before.”

Pale pink Emperio Armani jacket, $1,495 
Navy HSM flat front pant, $125 
Murano tie, $45
Daniel Cremieux Pocket Square, $29.50
Courtesy Dillard’s

Mike Ash
Regional President of Fifth Third Bank, 25 Years as Title Sponsor of the Holiday Series, Dracula and A Christmas Carol, presented by Actors Theatre

“As a company, we realize the vital importance the arts provide in creating a thriving, successful society. The partnership between Fifth Third Bank and Actors Theatre exemplifies what is possible when non-profit organizations and leading corporations are able to partner for the greater good of the community we serve. We at Fifth Third Bank are proud to be associated with Dracula, a production that is a Louisville tradition and that annually exposes more than 10,000 students to live theater each year through Actors Theatre’s robust student matinee program.”


323 W. Broadway #601

Emily Albrink
Performer with Kentucky Opera since 2010

“Moving people and making them think and feel through music is my great love. Louisville is so fortunate to have arts organizations that deliver art at a high level. These are essential for a community to thrive. Patrons like Carmel Person make this possible. They give of themselves to provide the greatest gift to their community. My life wouldn’t be possible without their generosity and for that, I am truly grateful.”

Ivory Black Halo dress, $375
YSL handbag, $2,250
Ivory Valentino shoes, $845
Courtesy Rodes for Her

Dr. Carmel Person
Kentucky Opera season subscriber since 2008

“The Kentucky Opera [KO] affords our community an opportunity to enjoy an artistic experience of operatic storytelling, colorful costume design and exquisite choreography. The KO has refined the art of integrating classic opera with fresh, modern contemporary productions: this appeals to an array of audiences and allows the nontraditional audience member to experience opera with a twist. It’s a fun, entertaining evening that always leaves me wanting more.”


620 W. Main St.

Byron Tuxedo, $1,095
Brackish Feathered Bowtie, $195
Brackish Pocket square, $85
Courtesy Rodes

Evan Vicic
Louisville Orchestra Violist since 2014

“The Louisville Orchestra would not be able to exist without dedicated patrons like Ritu Furlan and so many others. They provide both financial and emotional support that is vital to the organization, for which we are grateful. One of the main reasons I perform is to bring joy to our audiences. I cannot overstate how happy it makes me to look into the hall, see reactions to the music and to know that I am a part of something that transports people into an entirely different world.”

Champagne Delora Crewneck Dress, $330
Courtesy Rodeo Drive

Ritu Furlan
Member of Louisville Orchestra Board of Directors since 2011

“The Louisville Orchestra is a jewel in our community and an integral part of our local arts scene. I am proud to lend my skills to this organization. The staff of the orchestra is dedicated and such a pleasure to work with, and the musicians light up my world every time I see them perform.”


315 E. Main St.

Byron Grey Slim Fit Suit, $895
Hook + Albert Lapel Flower, $30
Courtesy Rodes for Him

Jim Haynes
Supporter of the Louisville Ballet since 2017

“The Louisville Ballet is one of the shining jewels of our community. I would encourage everyone who hasn’t already to see the ballet because you don’t know what a fantastic art form it is. Louisville Ballet Artistic and Executive Director Robert Curran does a wonderful job creating a visual composition on the stage.”

1. Murano Slub Plaid Jacket, $250 Murano Slub Plaid Pants, $89.50 Murano Liquid Gold V-neck, $30 Courtesy Dillard’s 2. Blue windowpane Strong Suit, $595 Murano Liquid Pink V-neck, $30 Courtesy Dillard’s

Jeremy Hanson
New to the Louisville Ballet

“The fact that we – my brother Tristan and I – are able to do what we love for a living is more than we could have ever asked for. We really appreciate the moments where we can tell a story to the audience and portray a story from the choreographer’s vision and our artistic director’s vision. Not only that but being able to love that process of creating that storyline and what people are going for is unbelievable.”

Tristan Hanson
New to the Louisville Ballet

“For me it’s (about) connecting with the people in the audience. I think it’s really great to have that connection with the audience and to let them feel something they may not feel in any other art form and really put themselves on stage with us.”

A Feast for the Senses

Fallen Fruit, Kentucky / A Dark and Bloody Ground, 2016. Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels.

Local chefs talk artistic inspiration

Each restaurant has its own distinct flair when it comes to food, but many of them also stand out because of what hangs on their walls. At three Louisville establishments, the art serves to complement the dishes and drinks served, but it also holds significance for those who run the kitchen. We recently spoke with three local chefs to learn about how art influences their own work and why it is essential to the dining experience.

Executive Chef Jonathan Searle, Proof on Main

Jonathan Searle. Photos courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels.

How does visual art inspire you when you’re cooking?

“Art can set the tone for a dish or menu. It can trigger emotion. Emotion leads to inspiration and inspiration drives creativity.”

Since cooking is an art form, what do you enjoy most about this type of expression?

“Discovery. A dish can start in one place and sometimes go in a direction you never expected. The journey from the cutting board to the plate can be an incredible experience.”

Why is it important to have visual art in your restaurant?

Fallen Fruit, All You Need Is Love, 2016. Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels.

“The dining experience can and should be multi-sensory. From the moment a guest walks in the door, there is an opportunity to engage with contemporary art that explores the issues of today. It can spark conversation during dinner and carry on long after dinner has ended.”

Fallen Fruit, It Happens To Everyone Some Day / The Last “Gay” Bar In America, 2016. Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington.

Chef de Cuisine Dustin Willett, the English Grill

How does visual art inspire you when you’re cooking?

“I try to find inspiration in all aspects of life. To me, food is art just like a painting or sculpture, and the chef is the artist. Art is an expression of the personality of the chef or artist, and I am inspired by the thought and creativity that goes into a piece of art.”

Since cooking is an art form, what do you enjoy most about this type of expression?

“The thing I enjoy most about cooking is seeing people enjoy the final product. A piece of art can last forever, but with food you are left with a memory. It is a good feeling when someone still remembers a meal you cooked years ago.”

Why is it important to have visual art in your restaurant? 

“I feel like art has a lot to do with the ambiance of a restaurant. It can tie together a concept or be a good conversation piece for guests and employees of the restaurant.”

Photos by Kathryn Harrington.

General Manager Mike Kerbel, HopCat Louisville

How does visual art inspire you when you’re cooking?

“At HopCat, we incorporate all forms of art into our restaurant. From music to the local-inspired décor on our walls, we encourage HopCat’s vibrant personality to shine through our guest’s entire experience, which includes the flavors in our dishes.”

Since cooking is an art form, what do you enjoy most about this type of expression?

“From our popular Cosmik Fries to stuffed burgers, our chefs enjoy tying the restaurant’s unique personality into every bite. Every month, we do a beer dinner, which gives our chefs a chance to shine and create a unique menu that matches our vibe.”

Why is it important to have visual art in your restaurant?

“Music is a huge part of the HopCat culture. Paintings for each restaurant are unique to that location and no HopCat has the same artwork. The visual art within HopCat ties the restaurant to the Louisville community, especially the Bardstown Road area. The artwork was inspired by the distinct personality of the neighborhood, and it was important for us to connect with the community from the moment they approached our restaurant.” V

In the Spotlight: What’s coming to Louisville’s Stages Next Season

“All the world’s a stage….” but in Louisville, the arts community is fortunate to have multiple stages and a number of opportunities for exploring the theatrical arts. From the venerable Actors Theatre to the scrappy and dedicated Acting Against Cancer, the Louisville theater scene is thriving and bursting with creativity, active audiences and blockbuster shows.

It’s been a busy year of new leadership, new collaborations and new performances. Many of the area’s local theater groups weathered challenges to enjoy robust seasons. While some are wrapping up their 2019 runs, all are actively planning for the new year.

We took a peek backstage with several area theater gurus to learn how the year has gone so far and find out what is in the wings.

By Laura Ross
Photos Provided


“We’re proud to be part of the cultural wave that’s responding to our communities’ calls for inclusion and opportunity.” — Robert Barry Fleming

The breaking news at Actors Theatre of Louisville is the arrival of Robert Barry Fleming as new artistic director. He arrived in June, shortly after the conclusion of Actors’ Humana Festival of New American Plays. Fleming, a Kentucky native, returned to the state by way of Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as associate artistic director of the Cleveland Play House. Previously, he was the director of artistic programming at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

“Louisville is an ecosystem that is rich in artistic activity with real ownership and interests in supporting and valuing all that is a part of the cultural landscape,” said Fleming. “I want Actors to be a vibrant resource for civic discourse, a cultural watering hole and be at the center of an ongoing conversation through art of just how deeply the social impact of our work can be felt.

“We’re poised and ready to jump into the new season,” added Fleming. “We’re celebrating summer with Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash and looking ahead to a great season of theater beginning with Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula and Hype Man by our good friend and astounding artist, Idris Goodwin, in September.”

Perennial holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol will close out 2019 with the new year kicking off with The Wolves. According to Fleming, the new season revels in the joys and complexities of the indomitable human spirit.

“Actors Theatre is transforming, just like Louisville,” said Fleming. “We’re proud to be part of the cultural wave that’s responding to our communities’ calls for inclusion and opportunity. The stories onstage in the Brown-Forman series feature great theatrical elements – poetry, music, movement and dance. We’ve got Measure for Measure, thanks to the Bingham Signature Shakespeare Series; The Wolves, which has quickly become a modern classic; and my directorial debut at Actors, Once on This Island.”


“(The mainstage revenue) helps us with the financial freedom to sponsor students in after-school classes and continue changing the lives of children who have found themselves in absolutely unbearable situations.” — Remy Sisk

Acting Against Cancer may not have the theater girth or budget of an Actors Theatre, but the earnest company, led by executive director Remy Sisk, has a mission to change the lives of children touched by cancer through the arts. It does that by staging large-scale, high production value musicals that raise awareness as well as funds for an after-school children’s program. The musical theater instruction classes are available for any child; however, those affected by cancer participate for free so that they may explore the healing power of the arts.

“There’s a bit of a misunderstanding in the community where some folks think we’re raising money for cancer research, and while we have done that in the past, that’s not what we’re trying to do,” explained Sisk. “Rather, we are working to improve the lives of kids who are dealing with a family member’s cancer journey – or even their own. When they have the chance to get on stage, become someone else and work toward a common goal on a supportive, inclusive team, it’s amazing what can happen for both their mental and physical health.”

At the end of August, Acting Against Cancer will tackle its most ambitious project to date, a production of Pippin in collaboration with CirqueLouis. “It can be intimidating to produce (this show) due to the circus and magic elements that the script calls for, but CirqueLouis is really taking their side of this project and running with it,” said Sisk. Acting Against Cancer will focus on the musical theater perspective, and CirqueLouis will infuse the show with dazzling circus acts.

Following Pippin in August, the company will produce its sixth annual production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in October at PLAY Louisville and PLAY Nashville. “In January, we’re getting ambitious again with American Psycho,” added Sisk. “It’s a musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel made famous by the Christian Bale film. It has a unique electronic score by Duncan Sheik, and there’s going to be plenty of blood – even more than we used in last year’s Carrie. Then, our season will close in March with Murder Ballad, which is a very intimate rock musical that we’re looking to make into a more immersive experience.”

The mainstage season shows’ success allows staff to work with the kids facing cancer. “(That revenue) helps us with the financial freedom to sponsor students in after-school classes and continue changing the lives of children who have found themselves in absolutely unbearable situations,” said Sisk.


“What makes Derby Dinner stand out is our affordable and immersive experience.”
— Lee Buckholz

Across the river in Southern Indiana, Derby Dinner Playhouse is happily celebrating its 45th birthday. Lee Buckholz, producer and artistic director, has watched over its stage for more than 30 years.

Once known as a popular dinner theater featuring the “Star System” of using retired TV and movie legends from the 1940s onward in mostly musical comedies, Derby Dinner Playhouse now entertains more than 220,000 guests a year with a budget of nearly $7 million. Today, Buckholz and his company produce eight main stage shows, four children’s theater shows, 12 concerts and offer a performing arts academy and summer camps each season.

“We’ve had a remarkable year so far,” said Buckholz. “We reached sales goals for season tickets well before expected. I find it especially exciting that patrons are rushing to get seats before we even go into production, knowing that our shows tend to sell out quickly.”

Summer is a very busy time for Derby Dinner Playhouse, added Buckholz. Shrek the Musical runs through Aug. 18, and following that production, Million Dollar Quartet – the Broadway musical about a twist of fate that brought Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis together for a jam session in 1956 – will take the stage. Also new to Derby Dinner Playhouse is Ken Ludwig’s fast-paced comedy Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, coming later in the year. It will feature four actors portraying more than 40 characters with silly accents and disguises while revealing clues and lining up suspects. Then, theater goers will embrace their inner elf at Christmas, when Elf: The Musical premieres.

“The Louisville arts scene is one of the strongest in the nation because there are so many offerings,” said Buckholz, “but what makes Derby Dinner stand out is our affordable and immersive experience.”


“What makes Derby Dinner stand out is our affordable and immersive experience.”
— Lee Buckholz

Long-time Bunbury Theatre producing and artistic director Juergen K. Tossmann is busy wrapping up the 2019 season and looking forward to Bunbury’s upcoming 32nd season.

“We had a great partnership with ShPIeL Theatre Identity (project) in Chicago. We produced two shows together, and we are lined up to produce more next season,” said Tossmann. “The Green Book broke attendance records, and we were extremely pleased with that.”

Bunbury’s stage at the Henry Clay Theatre on Third and Chestnut may be dark currently, but it will open in early October with The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy. A Holiday Memory by Truman Capote and adapted by Russell Vandenbroucke will carry Bunbury through the holidays, and Visiting Edna by David Rabe and Imagining Heschel by Colin Greer and David Y. Check will fill out spring 2020. Bunbury’s season will wrap in June with I Am Cat, written and directed by Tossmann.

“Bunbury has been around since 1986, and we are pleased to be a recipient of the Fund for the Arts sustainable arts grant,” said Tossmann. “We are true to our theatrical roots. Our mission is to engage, entertain and challenge audiences with theatrical productions that examine identity and social constructs. We provide that and think that it’s refreshing to go to the theater and see a deeper art.”


“(Our productions) impact the lives of so many; not just those connected with the LGBTQ community. The stories are universal.” — Michael Drury

Pandora Productions, Louisville’s only theater company dedicated to telling the stories of the LGBTQ community, also shares the stage at the Henry Clay Theatre.

“We’ve just completed our 2018-2019 season,” said Pandora Productions Producing Artistic Director Michael Drury. “(The upcoming season) is likely our most ambitious season to date. We have several regional premieres including the revival version of the iconic Torch Song (Trilogy) opening Sept. 13, Fun Home in November, Choir Boy in January and Southern Comfort in May. In addition, we will bring La Cage Aux Folles, the Musical, to our stage this coming season.

“We’re most proud to finally be bringing Choir Boy and Southern Comfort to the stage,” he added. “Choir Boy takes place in a black prep school, and Southern Comfort deals with a group of transgender friends in rural Georgia. That show will be cast with all trans actors, except for the one cis-gender character.

“You’ll see things on the Pandora stage that you truly won’t find anywhere else in the region,” said Drury, noting the theater will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020. “Pandora enjoys a very diverse audience and invites anyone interested in great theater to come and see a show. We won’t disappoint. Our productions are profound, provocative and enjoyable. They impact the lives of so many, not just those connected with the LGBTQ community. The stories are universal.”


“Our 2019-2020 season themed, ‘Small Steps, Giant Leaps,’ features stories of allyship in times of change and transition.” — Idris Goodwin

Like Actors Theatre, StageOne Family Theatre has a fresh artistic director in Idris Goodwin, who came on board in August 2018. His first season at StageOne was appropriately dramatic.

“(StageOne) got off to a bit of a rocky start with having to move spaces,” said Idris Goodwin. “We are a long-time resident of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, but after their lobby was rocked by the water and smoke damage of last summer’s fire, we did two shows at Memorial Auditorium and another at the Brown Theater. The whole StageOne team pulled together to adapt with verve.”

The teamwork proved successful. Despite the fire and varied locations, 60,000 young people enjoyed StageOne’s 2018-2019 mainstage productions, many seeing a professional theater production for the very first time. As it enters its 73rd season, StageOne Family Theatre is recognized as one of the nation’s oldest and leading professional theaters for young audiences and families.

“We are at the precipice of our 2019-2020 season themed, ‘Small Steps, Giant Leaps,’ which features stories of allyship in times of change and transition,” he added. “Three newer titles will make their Louisville premieres, and we’ll have one time-tested StageOne classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

“In addition, we’ll have our Storytellers performances, Jacked!, a touring play created in collaboration with Cleveland Play House, and a few special events,” Goodwin said. “We’ll also be present in dozens of schools across the region introducing more students to the power of theater.”


The theater directors all know the entertainment dollar is tight, but they don’t necessarily see each other as competition. They see their mission as one to bring the arts alive.

“This is an exciting time for Louisville,” said StageOne’s Goodwin. “It’s a moment of renewal and transitions. There is new leadership in long-standing organizations, innovation and partnerships, new developments.”

Derby Dinner Playhouse’s Buckholz agrees. “The Louisville theater community has always been, and continues to be, a supportive community across the board,” he said. “I’ve always believed that when theater as an art form flourishes, each producing organization is healthier because of it. We don’t look at the other arts groups as competitors; we embrace them as partners.”

“All art is a reflection of who we are as a community, country, world,” added Goodwin. “Theater, the art of live storytelling, music, dance, poetry, costumes, lights (and) scenic and props are ancient, sacred, cathartic and necessary. It shows us who we are and who we could be.” V

Actors Theatre

Acting Against Cancer

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Bunbury Theatre

Pandora Productions

StageOne Family Theatre

Endless Possibilities

Cold Spring in Cherokee Park is seeking a new owner

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Rob Densmore

Cherokee Park is known for its historic mansions, many of which have been preserved and modernized in recent years. Few can compare, however, to the home located at 1801 Sulgrave Road, which possesses an extraordinary opportunity for the one who will call it home.

Joshua Fry Speed, a good friend of Pres. Abraham Lincoln, built the home in 1867 and named it Cold Spring. Since then, the house has only changed hands a few times, and its fascinating history was chronicled in the book “Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939” by Winfrey P. Blackburn Jr. and R. Scott Gill.

“This is one of the most stunning properties I’ve ever listed,” says Joanne Owen, the listing agent with Kentucky Select Properties. “It’s truly magnificent.”

The main house’s interior is unfinished, though a geothermal heating and cooling system as well as roughed in electrical and plumbing work are in place. The two-bedroom carriage house is finished in state-of-the-art technology and modern design elements with a classic exterior.

The estate is located on the edge of Cherokee Park and just minutes from downtown. With almost seven acres of land, however, it possesses the charm and privacy of a country home.

“The gardens are so beautiful,” says Owen. “There’s an avenue of linden trees that make you feel like you’re walking in Europe and it’s just terrific.”

Thanks to the main house’s glass curtain wall system, the lush estate can be appreciated from the indoors as well. The place is ready to welcome guests for Gatsby-worthy parties with a caterers’ kitchen in the carriage house; a ballroom in the main house; and a pool, pool house and spa just behind the main house.

While its new owner will have a massive task ahead of them, Cold Spring is essentially a blank canvas waiting for a dedicated individual to finish the masterpiece.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone,” explains Owen. “I’ve been selling real estate for 35 years, and I’ve sold some dandies, but this is one of the most special because it’s not like anything else in Louisville.” V

For more information, visit or call 502.648.5330.

Her Ladyship

A grand dame of Cherokee Park is for sale after four decades

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler
Photos by
Kory Johnson and
Tim Valentino

It’s the house some in St. Matthews have dreamed of since childhood. What must it be like to wander through the 7,195-square-foot massive estate at 2000 Millvale Road – tapping gently on the grand piano, hosting parties on the lanai and accompanying five acres, playing hide and seek in many of the custom cabinets throughout the home?

And what a grand dame is Pine Hill, which has stood on Big Rock in Cherokee Park for more than a century. Originally constructed in 1912 by renowned architect John Hutchens – and later expanded by Hutchens’ son, E.T. – the home has grown considerably since the turn of the century. Hutchens “was the premier architect of his time period,” says Beth Schilling, a Realtor® with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty who holds the listing for the property.

Pine Hill has been lovingly maintained throughout its lifetime, but for the last four decades, it has stayed within one family, quietly standing sentinel as children grew into adults with families of their own.

“Back at the time, you can imagine what a house of this size would have been like,” Schilling says. With help from the Filson Historical Society, the family has been able to research the home back to its construction between 1910 and 1912.

Upon entry, the foyer is flanked to the left by a singular sweeping staircase and leaded glass sidelights. To the right is a formal living room featuring hardwood floors, a fireplace, coffered wood ceilings and custom trim. Adjacent to the living room is a less formal black-and-white tiled sunroom and French doors leading to a spacious patio. Altogether, it’s a perfect place for entertaining.

“They redid the hardwood floors to bring them back to their grandeur,” Schilling said.

The master bedroom on the second floor underwent a complex renovation in 1993 to include an extensive communications and speaker system. The master also features a soaking jetted tub, steam shower and a separate toilet. Other bedrooms have undergone renovations throughout the years as well.

Spaces for relaxing have been built in both the basement and third-floor. In all, the house contains five bedrooms, four full baths and three half-baths. The finished basement holds an additional 1,600 square feet.

In time, it’s perhaps the kitchen that has received the greatest renovation. A butler’s pantry was removed to expand the space. New appliances, inlaid hardwood floors, custom cabinetry and a gas fireplace were built, but the homeowners used every inch of storage possible – even adding a library ladder on wheels to reach the higher cabinets. Just off the kitchen is a first-floor laundry room. The kitchen also features double ovens, two dishwashers and an icemaker. “It’s just designed for entertaining or a family. The dining room can seat a very, very large family,” Schilling says, adding that three leaves had to be taken out of the current dining table. “(Though) it’s very comfortable for two people.”

The home also features an in-ground pool and pool house complete with a bathroom.

“They added all of the decking around the pool,” Schilling explains. “Their parents loved to entertain. It’s a fabulous entertaining home because people can mix and mingle so easily. With the views sitting out there, the property is just magnificent. … (With) the separation of space, (it allows) for there to be a lot of generations in the house, and it makes it comfortable for everyone.”

There’s also a detached two-car garage with space to renovate a loft or apartment above.

“What’s wonderful is it has its beautiful street presence, but once you get up here, it’s totally private,” says Schilling. “You’ve got a gated driveway if you want to use it, but you don’t have to. … It just oozes charm.” V

For more information, visit or call 502.899.2129.