Have you heard the news? Surely you have seen it on social media … The Pink Palace is for sale.
If you are new to town and don’t know what The Pink Palace is, it’s a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion located in a most coveted location: at the top of St. James Court in Old Louisville. It stands there, resplendent in its pink glory, for all neighbors to see and for all St. James Court Art Show patrons to ogle in envy. When my girls were young, they thought a princess lived there in her pink castle.
Here’s the biggest surprise of all, though, which those of us who have only ever seen this house from the sidewalk don’t know. For all the years you’ve been traipsing through the St. James Court Art Show and peering in the windows of The Pink Palace, I bet you had no idea there was a pool and big yard in back. Yes, this property has a big private backyard with a pool and a two-and-a-half-car garage. And what’s more, this single family home has been lovingly maintained.
In our article about Walking Old Louisville, written by Lindsay McClave, she talks about the eye-raising history of this property and the origins of its signature pink color, as told to her by David Dominé of Louisville Historic Tours:
“One of the most familiar Old Louisville homes sits at the back of St. James Court, adjacent to Belgravia Court. Called The Pink Palace, this towering home once served as a casino and gentleman’s club before being sold to a new owner. In 1910, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) — one of the driving forces behind prohibition — purchased The Pink Palace (a red brick building at the time), unaware of its former life as a brothel. When the history of The Pink Palace was revealed to the WCTU, the women were so embarrassed they decided the only way to wipe the house’s slate clean was to paint it the bright shade of pink still decorating its walls today.”
Later, this property was converted into a single-family home. It sits on the corner of St. James Court and Belgravia Court, a beautiful, pedestrians-only street. This entire area of Old Louisville was developed by William Slaughter, who designed it to resemble the residential parks of London, with a central fountain and esplanade. And over 100 years later, it is still the quiet, beautifully green space that he intended it to be.
Built in 1897, the 5,231-square-foot home features five bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, three sitting rooms and even a basement apartment. And as mentioned, the surprise feature is undoubtedly the swimming pool and beautifully landscaped yard with flower garden and plenty of room for outdoor entertaining.
Alright, time to get to the good stuff. Let’s take a tour.
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