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Preservation Louisville Programs

Brennan House Children Programs

The Brennan House Historic Home offers group tours by appointment. Please email for details:

As home to Preservation Louisville Inc., The Brennan House hosts many unique educational activities and events throughout the year targeting a wide range of audiences. These include:

Hands-On History

An educational series co-sponsored by Preservation Louisville, the Metro Louisville Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, with support from the Brown-Forman Corporation. Participants learn practical, hands-on techniques for working with original materials and finishes to maintain, restore and preserve historic building elements such as plaster, woodwork, gutters, roofing and masonry. Other topics focus on adapting "green" concepts for historic structures, historically appropriate landscaping, renovating windows and art glass, and designing a historically appropriate addition or renovation. Workshops take place from 1 to 4 p.m. the 2nd Saturday of each month, September through May.

Preservation S.O.S.: Save Our Shotguns

This program designed to educate the public about Louisville's large inventory of shotgun houses and the role they played in the development of our community. With the involvement of the Metro Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission and Habitat for Humanity, Preservation Louisville will identify and select a house, work with the owners to teach them about how to maintain their property and restore its historic significance, identify exterior rehabilitation measures that preserve the historic character of the house, and provide donated materials and labor for the exterior work. Preservation S.O.S will also train volunteers and participants from the "Hands On History" series.

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshops

Presented with support from Stites & Harbison, PLLC, which help property owners learn how to utilize state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Representatives from Preservation Louisville and the Kentucky Heritage Council give an overview of the program and work with participants on how to properly complete the three-part application process.

The Brennan House also offers a variety of tours and activities for children:

Growing Up Victorian

Our standard/basic program includes a brief timeline of the house and the Brennan family, a tour of the home, and a scavenger hunt.

Walk Around The Block

Starting with the standard tour of the home, this program also includes a walk around the block that starts at 5th Street and winds around 4th Street, exploring historic sites along the way and demonstrating the importance of the central business district in relation to downtown. The group will never cross a street!

Say Aaahhhhhh!

This program is an intimate look at the 1912 addition of Dr. J.A.O. Brennan's Medical Office, which contains his original exam table, instruments, books and other memorabilia. The program focuses on the evolution of medicine from 1901 through the 1940s, what role Dr. Brennan played in the community, and how the role of a doctor changed over time as seen in his practice.

Brennan House Scavenger Hunt

This program begins with a brief tour of the house and a 20-minute slide show about Louisville's development after the Civil War. Then students will have a blast exploring every nook and cranny of The Brennan House searching for a list of 15 items to be found throughout the home. This activity allows time for students to explore as well as find the items they are seeking, and requires that they write a description of each items as well.

The Brennan House Historic Home and Gardens | 631 South 5th Street, Louisville, KY 40202 | (502) 540-5145