Our historic Schnitzelburg neighborhood


Lydia Street is part of an historic neighborhood called Schnitzelburg where the houses are close together, there’s a tavern on every third corner and every other house is being lovingly renovated. We went on a recent neighborhood history walk to learn more about where we live.

According to our tour guides, the neighborhood was settled in the late 1800s by German Catholics. The guides pointed out sites where, during the 1940s and 50s bakeries, butchers and barbers once were. In some cases, those old businesses are being revived in a hipster kind of way. While others are are still going strong.

You can still get a good haircut in Schnitzelburg.

The famous Check’s Cafe.

The tour guide took us past an ordinary-looking house on Mulberry Street where the new owners discovered it had once been the site of a dairy. They found a box of milk jar lids (and everyone on the tour got one to keep).

Souvenir from the Schnitzeburg history tour.

We also learned that a neighborhood group has a grant from the city to plant redbud trees to replace some of the older trees that have died out over the years. The plan is to create street after street filled with redbuds (which are city-sidewalk friendly) and to eventually host a neighborhood festival in the early spring when they’re in bloom. Nearly 100 trees have already been planted.

We love our historic neighborhood.

All Wool & Yard Wide Democrats live in Schnitzlelburg.

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About Dianna Ott

Lydia Street is about an old house, a new garden and the adventures of the lovely and talented occupants, Dianna and Christe. We love our dogs; we love to cook; we love to garden; and we have too many house projects going on at the same time. We also have plenty of stories to tell. Visit us at www.lydiastreet.com.
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5 Responses to Our historic Schnitzelburg neighborhood

  1. Sandy says:

    What a surprise to find a bog about Schnitzelburg in Louisville. And Lydia St. to boot.
    I’m researching my grandparents lives and my Great Grandparents live at 1010 Lydia St. When their daughter Irene married my grandfather Joe, the newly weds move to 2508 Dorma where my
    mother was born and grew up. A funny story about Joe and Irene’s courting days was when Joe was beat up by the neighborhood boys for dating one of thier girls, because he lived outside the neighborhood. Joe was persistant though. I’m thankful for that.

  2. Such a lovely community that you live in! Historic neighborhoods always have such character and traditions – both new and old!

  3. Lydia Street says:

    Heather, I’ve never lived in a “new” neighborhood so I’ve always loved the historic ones with good stories.

  4. Heather Malotke says:

    Oh my . . . how my German husband would LOVE to live in a neighborhood called Schnitzelburg! 🙂 Love neighborhoods with history and with residents who respect and preserve it!

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