The More You Know
For Christmas I received an unusual gift, at least for me. It was from my sister, and no I’m not talking about the adult onesie that didn’t fit and was returned, but rather a book. I did ask for the book (as well as the onesie), but if you know me, a book is generally the last thing I want to spend my time with. The book is Louisville Tapestry by local architect Steve Wiser. It’s the second book of Mr. Wiser I have, and just like the first, Louisville Sites to See by Design, it was a great read.
For those of you from Louisville or those with any interest in the northern-most southern city and southern-most northern city should definitely pick it up. While the book contains facts and figures we’re all familiar with, it also takes you further in those tidbits, while heaping on tons of little known facts. More importantly it tells the stories behind these new facts. This is probably why the book’s long title is, Louisville Tapestry: People and Places that helped create America’s ‘Most Livable City’. From Olmstead’s park system to Lincoln’s short stop over in Louisville to an entire chapter on the who’s who of Louisville (Patty and Mildred Hill creators of “Happy Birthday” song to Colonel Sanders) the book illustrates why Louisville is a truly unique place and a wonderful place to live.
Along with plenty of information on Louisville art and architecture, Mr. Wiser takes a thorough look into possible explanations why the streets are named what they are. Do you know the reason behind Witherspoon St. or Campbell St.? This book gives you all the information. It’s packed with photos, maps, and paintings to go along with the numerous stories. It’s a quick read. I finished in two evenings (and I read super slow). It’s something you’re going to want to read a few times to soak in all the new information. And with all the new found knowledge of your favorite city, it’ll be easy to impress all your friends.
You can get Louisville Tapestry at local Louisville bookstores (such as Carmichaels) or at Steve Wiser’s website.