In Et Cetera, an elegant echo of 19th Century living and a nationally registered historic place.
A charming escape from the every day, the Peterson-Dumesnil House is quietly tucked away in the heart of Louisville’s historic Crescent Hill neighborhood. It sits on 1.3 acres, has a spacious wrap-around porch, 14-foot ceilings, and features a large cupola. The bright interior is of Victorian décor, and the property includes a beautiful bridal garden.
Of ltalianate design, the Peterson-Dumesnil House is credited to well-known Louisville architect Henry Whitestone. It was built in 1869 as a summer residence for a prominent tobacco trader named Joseph Peterson. When Peterson died, the house was left to his granddaughters, Eliza and Carrie Lindenberger.
Eliza married Harry Dumesnil, and Carrie married Edward Rowland. The couples lived together in separate wings of the house with their families. In all, the house was owned and used by the Peterson and Dumesnil families for eight decades before being sold in 1948.
The property has been restored and managed by the non-profit Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation since 1982. Today it is used for various community and corporate functions, as well as weddings. It is also home-base for the Louisville Historical League.
A fall fundraiser will give you an opportunity to visit this local landmark. October 19, 2008, is Crescent Hill Antique Appraisal Day, with activities taking place at the Peterson-Dumesnil House from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can also visit the house during the annual Holiday Home Tour. This year's event will be Saturday, December 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information on either event, contact Joyce Cossavella at (502)895-2654.
More to know:
- The Peterson-Dumesnil House was designated as a Louisville Landmark in 1976.
- Louisville architect Henry Whiteston's works include several major buildings on Louisville's Main Street downtown.
- The Peterson-Dumesnil House was owned for a time by the Louisville Board of Education. In the mid 50's, it became a teachers club, the only one of its kind in the country.
- Program 303
- A 1938 amateur film about the day in the life of a Kentucky family is selected to the National Film Registry; a visit to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest; and inventive Louisville architects. Linda K. Miller, executive director of Dare to Care, is our guest. (#303)