Louisville Magazine

JUN 2019

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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derbydinner.com 46 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 6.19 Almost from the time it was granted incorporation rights as a city of 7,000 in 1828, Louisville faced huge social-service conundrums, such as what to do about its desperately poor, its sick and disabled, its orphans and otherwise displaced citizens, its laggards and criminals, its dead and endgame aging. The forbidding, penitentiary-like structure you see here, built circa-1850 and greatly expanded in 1879, was supposed to supply the answer to at least a few of those con- cerns when earlier efforts west of Eighth Street became inadequate. Deemed the city's workhouse/almshouse, it was located near the corner of Payne Street and Lexington Road, adjacent to Cave Hill Cemetery, on land — known as the Johnston farm — the city had purchased as much for its easily quarried limestone beds as for its burial capacity. Breslin Park occupies the workhouse grounds today. The Johnston family residence, built in JUST SAYIN' THE BIT Heart of Stone Where incarceration and charity once mixed.

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