Central Park Bed & Breakfast on 2021 Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

Robert and Eva Wessels own the Central Park Bed and Breakfast, a historic Victorian mansion and one of eight stops on this year’s Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour. Although the three-story home at 1353 S. Fourth St. was updated for modern accommodations, it has been around since 1884 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Full of history

“Vernon Price was the owner, along with his wife and family,” explained Eva. “He was a vinegar maker, (and) the president of the Saturday Evening Post, (and) served on the board of directors of L&N Railroad. He was a mover and a shaker of the day. “

Eva said the house next door was believed to have belonged to Price’s mother-in-law, which would explain certain similarities between the two villas. The sun decorations inside the Wessel house, for example, correspond to the design of the outside of the neighboring house. The fireplaces in both are also finished with the same Cincinnati Rookwood tile.

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