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See the Victorian Mansion That Tobacco Built This April

The Brennan House is the very last reminder of a piece of Louisville's past that is now gone. This grand, stately Victorian mansion is the last of its kind. Once, this gorgeous mansion stood on a residential street surrounded by other Victorian homes. Today, it’s a living bit of the past in downtown Louisville that sits in the shadow of glittering glass buildings and modern life. Go see the house this April and go get a look at what Louisville used to look like.

Brennan House

Amid the modern buildings and usually busy streets of downtown Louisville sits a grand and glorious mansion built in 1868 by one of Kentucky’s tobacco barons. The house was purchased by Thomas Brennan in the 1880s and was owned by the family for almost a century.

Brennan House

It’s a stunning three-story home with 16-foot ceilings, a library, stained glass windows and hand-carved marble accents. This is now the home base for Preservation Louisville, an organization that works to preserve historic places just like this. The Brennan House isn’t open for tours, but you can get a look at it at 631 S. 5th Street. It’s something that’s out of time but not out of place. The rest of Louisville changed and grew all around this Victorian home that’s still very much the way it was when it was built over 150 years ago.

Here, you'll be just a few blocks outside of Smoketown, a neighborhood that's packed with plenty of Louisville history, too.

What's Hot in Smoketown?

Smoketown is near Old Louisville and just outside downtown Louisville. It's actually even older than the Brennan House itself. This neighborhood was full of residences as early as the 1820s, when it was home to many kilns used to make bricks. Some of those bricks may have even made their way to the Brennan House just blocks away. All the brickyards were gone before the turn of the century, but the nickname for the neighborhood stuck and today Smoketown has an interesting story to tell about its past.

This neighborhood has been going through revitalization in recent years, and Smoketown is slowly taking on a brand-new look. New homes have been built and Smoketown is now filled with charming little bungalows and shotgun-style houses in two-bedroom designs.

Inside, homes have hardwood floors, chair rails, recessed lighting and modern features mixed with details that honor the neighborhood's historic past.

See what you think of Smoketown this April and go see what Louisville looked like in the past. Who knows? Smoketown may just become your future.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

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