Old Louisville is home to the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes. It’s the third largest National Preservation District that boasts Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Italianate, Chateauesque and Beaux Arts Architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
An outlier among many is the Ouerbacker Manson situated at the corner of 17th St and W Jefferson St in the Russel Neighborhood.
Built by the coffee mogul Samuel Ouerbacker in 1880, the Richardsonian Romanesque mansion now sits dilapidated and maybe even haunted. His brother Joseph was the mastermind behind the historic Ouerbacker Court in Old Louisville.
After serving as the office of Holland Tax Service for 70 years, in 2005 the property was appropriated by the city of Louisville for, you guessed it, unpaid taxes.
In 2007 the city spent thousands of dollars to stabilize a collapsing portion of the main structure.
New Life: In 2014 the Oracle Design Group of Louisville bought the building and some surrounding parcels. They apparently have plans to save this monolith and redevelop the site to enhance our community. Let’s hope they get it right.
Read more about The Ouerbacker-Clement Mansion HERE.
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