Saint James Court: A Modern-Day Trip Back to the Victorian Era
One of Louisville's most architecturally-interesting areas is Saint James Court in Old Louisville, a large, oval-shaped court that features stately Victorian homes, towering trees, and a water fountain. A walk through Saint James Court is like a trip back to the Victorian Era. Huge Victorian mansions in all shapes and colors line the sides of Saint James Court. Down its middle is a green space with benches, statues and a water fountain. Towering trees shade the area, cooling it even in the dead of summer.
On its south end, Saint James Court is intersected by Belgravia Court. Belgravia Court is not a street, it is a walking court. Residents of the homes on Belgravia Court must park on Saint James Court and walk to the entrance of their homes. At night, Belgravia Court is lit by gas lanterns, providing a feel reminiscent of the Victorian Era in which the homes were built.
Another Saint James Court attraction is the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum that sits on the north end of the court. The Conrad-Caldwell House is a Richardsonian mansion that has been fully restored. Tours of the mansion are available five days a week.
Saint James Court is also home to the Saint James Court Art Show, one of the largest art shows in the country. In early October of every year, artists set up booths on Saint James Court and its surrounding streets to sell and display their work. The event is more than 50 years old and draws a larger crowd than the Kentucky Derby.
HelloLouisville Tip: A good time to visit Saint James Court is in the summer when the trees are in full bloom, but make sure to return in the fall. Saint James Court is breathtaking after the leaves begin to change.
Posted on October 20, 2010 by Jessica Elliott