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Old Louisville

Bridge over the Ohio RiverAs the name indicates, the neighborhood's origins coincide with those of Louisville itself. The largest annual event in the area is the St. James Court Art Show, held every fall. The show, started in 1957 as a way to thank artists for their help in renovating the neighborhood, has grown to be one of the largest art shows of its kind in the country. It features nearly 500 exhibitors and draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. Old Louisville is also the home of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, which performs the Bard’s works for free each summer in Central Park. Located between downtown and the University of Louisville, historic Old Louisville features impressive Victorian architecture. With brick walkways, cast-iron gas lamps, courtyards, fountains, and statues, Old Louisville’s St. James and Belgravia courts are among Greater Louisville’s most prestigious areas.