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Victorian architecture holds history in Louisville

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If you stand still in Old Louisville it looks like time stopped right along with you. If you stand still in Old Louisville it looks like time stopped right along with you.
David Domine David Domine

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Stained glass, brick and mortar and an air of a time gone by. If you call Louisville, Kentucky home, you should know the world calls it an indisputable refuge for America's architecture of the Victorian era.

"Our most famous is Old Louisville which is one of the largest in the country," explained author and historian David Domine.

"It really makes the neighborhood unique on a national level," said Domine, "Practically every type of Victorian architecture that would have been prevalent in the late 1800's is on display here."

If you stand still in Old Louisville it looks like time stopped right along with you.

"You can come and you can get a slice of what it looked like in the past. You can see how people lived100, 125 years ago," Domine said.

Although you may not know the correct terms or the accurate name of the style we all know it's beautiful.

"You'll find examples of Richardsonian Romanesque.  You've got Victorian gothic. You got Shadowesque. You've got Queen Anne. You've got renaissance revival," Domine said.

Some 1,400 structures built primarily between 1885 and 1905.

"You can see styles that they don't really build anymore," Domine said, "People tend to not appreciate what they have in their own backyard so I think that's why maybe locally people don't pay attention to Old Louisville and our other neighborhoods as much as they should."

Not just Old Louisville, but neighborhoods like Portland, the west end, the Highlands, Germantown, Butchertown and so many more.

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