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  • Melodye Park (Frankfort, Ky.)
    Melodye Park 1945-1997
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    Melodye Park 1945-1997
    Forms part of: 
    Garden Club of America Collection,
    Phy. Description: 
    1 folder+ 22 35 mm. slides.
    The folder includes newspaper articles, magazine articles, certificate of approval for recording, plot plan of Hiram William Trace for Louis Horwitz, deed of conveyance and information sheet completed by GCA researcher Melodye Horwitz Kinkead.
    Garden has been featured in The Courier-Journal Roto Magazine, July 14, 1946.
    Garden has been featured in The State Journal,Spectrum, June 22, 1980.
    Garden has been featured in a book by Darnell, Ermina Jett. Filling the Chinks. Frankfort, Kentucky: Roberts Printing Co., 1966.
    General Note: 
    "This expansive 9 acre public park was conceived by Louis Horwitz out ofhis love for the Kentucky River, his houseboat, flowers and was named after his daughter Melodye. Mr. Horwitz began his project in 1937 by acquiring properties along the Kentucky River in Frankfort and planting boxwood and flowers. This led to the designs of more formal gardens including reflecting pools, goldfish ponds and picket fences. Animal houses were built for pheasants, foxes, rabbits, etc. Stone walls, terraces, and stone kitchen were built overlooking the bathhouses. For additional recreation Chinese pavilions were constructed for movies and concerts."
    "Despite Mr. Horwitz's construction of flood walls, his efforts were lost in the flooding of the 1950's. Flooding continues along thse banks yet the memory of "Melodye Park" lingers in the recent photographs taken during the floods of 1997, showing the remains of the Chinese pavilions. It is quite a contrast to view the entrance to the park at Lawrenceburg Road as seen by Ina Horwitz and her daughter Melodye in 1945 compared to 1997.and the Fowler Street entrance in 1997 as opposed to the 1940's. One would prefer to remember it through Mr. Horwitz's vision of beautiful flowers growing along the river banks and a man-made waterfall for all to enjoy."
    Persons associated with the property include: Clarence and Emma Gayle (former owners); Frank Kavanaugh (former owner); Hiram Williams (former owner); Louis Horwitz (former owner/designer, 1945-1978); Ina Horwitz (former owner/photographer, 1945-1978); Bobby and Patti Matthews (former owners 1978-1986); Jane C. Romaine (photograper, 1997).
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    Gardens -- Kentucky -- Frankfort
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Melodye Park (Frankfort, Ky.)
    United States of America Kentucky Franklin County Frankfort
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Gardens, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012
    Local Number: 
    Horwitz, Louis, former owner.
    Horwitz, Ina, former owner photographer.
    Gayle, Clarence, former owner.
    Kavanaugh, Frank, former owner.
    Williams, Hiram former owner.
    Matthews, Bobby, former owner.
    Romaine, Jane C. photographer.
    Matthews, Patti, former owner.
    Gayle, Emma, former owner.
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Archives of American GardensKY036000Add Copy to MyList

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