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I lived at 2331 Bryant St. there was a fire pit/oven that we used to burn trash in the 50’s and 60’s. I don’t know if it was ever used to back bread, but I remember it always looked like a little kitchen. Time for some research. Love this article! Thank you

Thanks for reading and commenting, Jan! Please update us on what you find in our research.

My great grandma Rose Loseno at 35th &Mariposa had a big oven the whole family would be there every Sunday. The best was a bowl of sauce with a piece of her bread to mop it up. The kids would play men played cards women would visit. After dinner the accordion came out the neighbors came over to sing Italian songs,what fun we had!

There might be one at a house on the northwest corner of 49th and Knox, a bit further north than the neighborhood you're talking about, but possible? I've noticed it a few times and wondered about it!

We're at 42nd & Clay and have an oven out back. It's in a pretty good state of disrepair but I always thought it was just an old backyard trash incinerator - so never thought much about it or doing anything with it. I wonder if it could have been a bread oven. Were there any characteristics that might distinguish a bread oven from an incinerator? I might have to do a little masonry restoration on it this summer!

Hi Rod, 

Here's a physical description of the ovens from ​"Outdoor Ovens Here Abandoned: Progress Ends Old World Baking Tradition​" by Carolyn Connaroe, Louisville Times, May 12, 1977:

The ovens were made of brick and the floor of the oven was waist high. The roof was rounded, so that it resembled a huge beehive, and was usually covered by a coat of cement or stucco.

We had a brick incinerator at the back of our property, it was faux brick. It looked like a small chimney but only about 4 feet high, no beehive shape. 36th and Irving. What a great story!

There are several photos of the Colacci kitchen in Louisville in the Public Service Company of Colorado collection, WH1367, when they used coal in their ovens and after they converted to natural gas fuel.
Great article Katie - as usual - we appreciate your contributions.


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