Historical significance stands out in Louisville’s Bowman neighborhood. Bowman Field, a secondary airport to Louisville International Airport, is located in Bowman neighborhood. The airport is unusual due to its aerodynamic, modern style of architecture and its unique location in a residential setting.
Built in an art deco style called aerodynamic Moderne, several buildings at Bowman Field earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and became known as Bowman Field Historic District. The masonry pattern of layering stone, concrete and brick was popular and efficient.
The unusual location of a residential neighborhood situated between a golf course and an airport proved to be a popular plan. Residents do not have to drive through industrial areas or travel long distances away from their community to reach the airport. Instead, they enjoy the convenience of airport access within a few minutes’ drive from home.
Bowman Field was honored when famous Pilot Charles Lindbergh landed his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, at the airport. He greeted a crowd of over 10,000 people at the airport in 1927. Bowman Field was the site of the first commercial air flight in Kentucky.
The residential neighborhood of Bowman connects with the Big Spring Country Club.
Old Cannon’s Lane, Henry Watterson Expressway and Seneca Park form the other boundaries of the Bowman neighborhood. The area includes the zip codes 40205 and 40207.
Neighborhoods surrounding Bowman include Cherokee Gardens, Seneca Gardens, Seneca Park, Kingsley and Hawthorne.