IMAGINE A PLACE
Imagine a place to live, work, and play. A place that celebrates the arts, culture, and future of Louisville, KY. A place that values community and quality of life, where every guest and resident feels a sense of belonging. That place is Paristown.
Paristown welcomes neighbors from around the world to come and enjoy our uniquely Southern culture and cuisine. Break bread with us, spend time, and restore your soul. Together, we will have a positive impact on economic development and education. Imagine a place where friends, young and old—all who gather—may enjoy our progress and celebrate the future of the Paristown community.
Located on roughly 7 acres along Beargress Creek in between Germantown and downtown Louisville, the neighborhood of Paristown is composed of historic buildings, single-family homes, businesses, and Louisville's newest entertainment venue, Old Forester's Paristown Hall. Great care has been given to revitalizing Paristown, an authentic place that brings people together to celebrate life, art, and community. The neighborhood's remarkable character and unique attractions embody Paristown's commitment to providing a sense of belonging for every guest, on every visit.
The restoration of Paristown's Brent Street and surrounding areas introduces a new pedestrian experience that will accommodate new restaurants, shopping, public spaces, festivals, and events.
George Rogers Clark founded the city of Louisville in 1778. By the mid 1800s, Louisville’s population exploded as riverboat travel brought thousands of European immigrants to its banks on the Ohio River. The city’s population swelled from a meager 600 citizens in 1800, to 43,200 in 1850, continuing to grow to 51,796 by 1852. A wholesale grocer by the name of T.Y. Brent saw an opportunity and began a plan to divide up his farm on the eastern edge of the city. By 1854, the city of Louisville’s plat map lists T.Y. Brent’s Southeastern Addition, which would eventually be known as the neighborhood of Paristown.
As the immigrant population grew in size, the village of Paristown came to life. By 1884, Paristown boasted over 100 residents and served as home to a major leather tanning operation known as the Louisville Leather Company. Many Americans were optimistic at the turn of the century because life was better than it had ever been. This was a time of prosperity—a new sense of materialism, increased leisure time, and vacations appeared for the emerging middle class. Access to electricity, automobiles, and indoor plumbing was not widespread, but most people felt that such conveniences were just a matter of time. The folks in Paristown had a reason to celebrate their new-found life.