Histories of the Brown and Seelbach Hotels
We all know Louisville’s got history by the volumes… even the city’s hospitality is historical. Louisville Life looks at two local and legendary hotels with more stories than floors: the Seelbach and the Brown.
We travel both ends of Fourth Street to learn more about: the Seelbach, opened in 1905 and host to nine U.S. presidents and Al Capone; and The Brown, opened in 1923, on the National Register of Historic Places and the namesake of Louisville’s most famous dish, the Hot Brown.
See historic Seelbach photos, get a detailed timeline, and learn more about the hotel's celebrity guests here. Plus, learn about The Brown Hotel's builder and namesake, James Graham Brown, in our Louisville Life Etcetera segment.
- Program 310
- Louisville Life features two famous Louisville hotels, a charitable group of knitters, a popular Midway restaurant and much more. (#310)