20 apartments for rent in Camp Taylor, Louisville, KY
Six miles southeast of downtown Louisville lies the neighborhood of Camp Taylor. Once a military base, the camp was erected in the early 1900s. Named for President Zachary Taylor, the camp was once the largest U.S. training facility in the country, with 50,000 enlisted men. The camp fell out of use and was largely dismantled following World War I, giving way to the residential neighborhood that exists today.
In 1950, the City of Louisville formally annexed the Camp Taylor neighborhood. Today its homes are mostly Cape Cod and bungalow in style, dating to the annexation period. Many of the homes were constructed using discarded lumber and other materials from the camp buildings, giving these homes a unique history. The base was also a setting in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby.
The Camp Taylor neighborhood is family friendly, with a strong emphasis on education. Camp Taylor Elementary School, for example, is a “Care for Kids” school, where morning classroom meetings are designed to sharpen the listening and speaking skills of young students.
Among its most popular programs is its interactive science program, conducted in cooperation with the Louisville Zoo. The school also has a Family Resource Center that encourages parental participation and engages the whole family in the learning experience.
The nearby Louisville Zoo, located in the Poplar Level neighborhood, is a family favorite of Camp Taylor residents. With more than 1,300 animals scattered through six geographic settings, the zoo continues to expand. The Glacier Run Splash Park is a big hit with area children.
Families in the Camp Taylor neighborhood also enjoy the amenities of Camp Taylor Memorial Park on Lincoln Avenue. The park offers basketball courts, playing fields, a walking path, and playground equipment. During the summer months, the park also offers swimming.