Amy, The Belle of Beechmont, has been exploring the history of her neighborhood and came up with a um, kind of seedy story.  While it’s great that pieces of our architectural history and Americana survive today, sometimes it gets transformed in a less-than-stellar way. Here’s Amy:

Today, the Louisville Manor Motel (4600 Dixie Highway) is known for the attached adult movie theater and rooms available by the hour. These photos were taken when the Louisville Manor Motor Court, as it was called then, was still a nice family place.

The entrance from Dixie Highway. Taken 1954:

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ULPA R 14406, Royal Photo Company Collection, 1982.03, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/royal/id/9272/rec/1

The lobby. Taken 1953:

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ULPA R 13867.00, Royal Photo Company Collection, 1982.03, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/royal/id/8938/rec/2

A guest room. Taken 1953:

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ULPA R 13867.02, Royal Photo Company Collection, 1982.03, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/royal/id/8939/rec/3

And here’s the entrance from Dixie Highway today. Indi’s Restaurant took the place of the swimming pool area:

Photo by Amy.

Photo by Amy.

Just in case anyone’s not sure what to expect from the Louisville Manor experience, here’s a close-up of the sign:

Photo by Amy.

Photo by Amy.

Here’s a closer look at the back portion of the motel:

Photo by Amy.

Photo by Amy.

I know you want to see what the inside of the motel looks like now. It was against my better judgement to go in there and start snapping pictures.

Thanks to Amy for visiting this spot, taking photos, and letting us know this, at one time, was a spot for vacationing families.  It reminds us of Mad Men…

 

 

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3 Responses to Guest post-Louisville Manor

  1. Mistercow says:

    That’s a good picture of Indi’s and the motel and the back part.

  2. Awesome post! I’ve driven by that placre so many times on the way to my parents’ cabin on Rough iver. Never stopped in… reasons should be obvious from the pictures. Grrrrrosss.

  3. Tim Young says:

    It appears that parts of the original neon sign are still in use in the newer sign… but c’mon, doesn’t historical research all but demand that someone step up and get some interior pics? Be sure to wear a hazmat suit…

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