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The Point- Louisville's Old French Quarter

The facade of the Heigold House on Frankfort Ave.
The facade of the Heigold House on Frankfort Ave.

Louisville was named after the French King Louis XVI, and it should be no surprise that there was French settlement in the area. Much like the city of New Orleans, Louisville had it's own French Quarter during the 19th Century. The Point--also nicknamed "French Row"--was a wealthy area of Louisville located north of the Butchertown neighborhood near Towhead Island.

The area was known for it's many fine mansions. Among the most famous was the Heigold House, with the faces of many early American leaders on the facade. The area was one of the wealthier parts of Louisville during the mid-19th century from 1840 to the 1850s. In 1936 the area became home to the Municipal Yacht Basin.

In 1854 Beargrass Creek was rerouted away from downtown Louisville. As a result, many of the homes had to be demolished. The Great Flood of 1937 did further damage to the remaining homes. The neighborhood fell into disrepair, and at one point city leaders wanted the whole area leveled to make way for the Point Park Project (which was later moved to the present Thurston Park). With the construction of I-64 in the 1960s, the area fell into further neglect. The harbor finally closed in 2005.

The only remaining structures from the area are the Padgett House and the Heigold House facade. Both are registered as National Historic Places. The Padgett House is the only remaining mansion on Fluton Street and the Heigold House facade was moved to it's current location at a roundabout at Franfort Ave. and River Road.