But in 2020, area resident Dr. Galen Weiss purchased the early 20th century home built by prominent Louisville architect James J. Gaffney. With the help of WorK Architecture + Design and Wilkinson Builders Inc., they resurrected the landmark into a short-term rental property for events and overnight stays, which will cost renters about $1,200 per night.
“There were old photos the previous owners had given Galen, so he hired artists and architects to come in and restore it as true to the original as possible,” said the Gaffney House property manager Ellen Archer.
The house is unique because its design is essentially a collection of Gaffney’s architectural career. “With Gaffney it was almost like he was finishing jobs and taking leftover pieces from the places he was working on and putting them into his house,” Archer said.
Sound Healing and Aura Portraits | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Story Louisville, 900 E. Main St., Louisville | $15 | Bring your own yoga mat for a sound bath experience followed by an optional aura portrait photo opt.
Chris Tucker | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 8 p.m. | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $39.50-$79.50 | See this comedian and actor known for his roles in the “Rush Hour” franchise and “Friday.”
Thursday, Sept. 21
Bug Walk with Atelier Insecta | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | $13-$16 | See display insects + explore the live ones in the gardens.
Friday, Sept. 22
Downtown Drive-In | Friday, Sept. 22 | 7 p.m. | Brown-Forman Amphitheater, 1301 River Rd., Louisville | Free | Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and catch a screening of “Up.”
First Annual Pawpaw Festival | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave., Louisville | Celebrate this native tropical fruit through workshops, tastings, and guided hikes.
Sunday, Sept. 24
Brandy for Butterflies | Sunday, Sept. 24 | 4-7 p.m. | Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., Louisville | Free | Learn about the migration of monarchs through a tagging and release + try speciality cocktails and food.
Monday, Sept. 25
Wine Education: Rioja to Rias Baixas | Monday, Sept. 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Nouvelle Bar & Bottle, 214 S. Clay St., Louisville | $50 | Learn about + taste four different wines from Northeast Spain.
The Iroquois Park tennis court area is closed indefinitely as construction begins on a new set of courts. Four pickleball courts, two new tennis courts, and a futsal court will replace the existing ones. The $500,000 project is expected to wrap by spring 2024.
The Louisville Photo Biennial is currently underway across Kentuckiana. Over 50 venues are celebrating the artistic medium through exhibitions, workshops, and competitions. Lawrence Schiller, celebrity photographer + Oscar-winning filmmaker, is the festival’s keynote speaker. He will give a free presentation this Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Speed Art Museum.
This year, the 10 Taste Salute Gala on Sunday, Oct. 8, is dedicated to the legacy of Louisville chef + restaurateur Dean Corbett. The evening includes five-courses of Corbett’s classic dishes, cocktail pairings, and a live auction emceed by news anchor Dawne Gee. Tickets are $135 and benefit APRON Inc.
It wouldn’t be October in Louisville without David Dominé’s annual Victorian Ghost Walk. The spirits that haunt Old Louisville will be summoned for three nights of theatrical performances beginning Friday, Oct. 20. Tickets typically sell out for these spooky tours, so don’t wait for a full moon.