The United States Marine Hospital of Louisville
, in the Portland
neighborhood was built in 1845, and is considered the best remaining antebellum hospital
in the United States
. Of the seven hospitals built in the mid-19th century by the Marine Hospital Service
“for the benefit of sick seamen, boatmen, and other navigators on the western rivers and lakes.” It is the only one still standing, even after surviving two tornadoes. The building has been extensively restored to match its appearance in 1899.
In 2003, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) placed the building on its America's Most Endangered Places list, which helped spark public interest in restoring it. The hospital has now been returned to its 1899 appearance, the earliest reference of the building's appearance that can be found. In 2003, the hospital received a $375,000 Save America's Treasures grant from the NTHP to repair its roof and exterior. On November 11, 2005, rebuilding of the structure began. The smokestack, constructed in 1933, was demolished to help return the structure to its 1899 appearance. The octagonal cupola, which patients used to better view the passing river traffic during its heyday, was also rebuilt.
On this day in Louisville history...
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
, located in Louisville
, is the premier performing arts
center in Kentucky
. Home to many of the state's major arts organizations, The Kentucky Center brings the finest in music, dance, theater and more to Kentucky! The Center is the home for Louisville’s nationally-renowned arts scene, to The Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One and PNC Bank Broadway Across America – Louisville, as well as a host of community theaters and its own Kentucky Center Presents performances.
The three theaters of the Center, along with its sister facility the elegant W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre, are Kentucky’s showcases for the performing arts. From Broadway to ballet, from blues to bluegrass, from Big Bands to Beethoven, the Center's stages overflow with magnificent entertainment almost every night of the year.
Colonel Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980), whose full name was Harland David Sanders, was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). His image is omnipresent in the chain's advertising and packaging.
At the age of 40, Sanders cooked chicken dishes for people who stopped at his service station in Corbin, Kentucky. Since he did not have a restaurant, he served customers in his living quarters in the service station. Eventually, his local popularity grew, and Sanders moved to a motel and restaurant that seated 142 people and worked as the chef. Over the next nine years, he perfected his method of cooking chicken. Furthermore, he made use of a pressure fryer that allowed the chicken to be cooked much faster than by pan-frying. He was given the honorary title "Kentucky Colonel" in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon. Sanders chose to call himself "Colonel" and to dress in a stereotypical "southern gentleman" costume as a way of self-promotion. Sanders sold his franchise in 1964, although he remained their corporate spokesman until his death.
- “It all keeps me busy, I love Louisville. I'll always be in Louisville.” – Paul Hornung
- “It's important to support this because of what happened right here. It's like living in Louisville and someone never having been to the Derby. I don't think a lot of people realize what goes on here.” – Mark Wells
- “As the state's biggest city, Louisville sets the precedent.” – Mike Kuntz