City Officials to Start Community Conversation on Reuse of Historical Buildings

September 15, 2015

Today, City Preservations Officials announced they will convene a community conversation around better preservation and reuse of architectural features on three buildings previously located in downtown Louisville.

In light of the recent conversations about the future of the old Water Company building, the city wants to open a more general dialogue with the community about potential reuse of other historic buildings that the city maintains, as well as a more proper storage setting for them.

The Board of Trade building, formerly located at 301 W. Main St., was removed in 1975 to clear the way for the widening of Third Street between River Road and Main Street.

Two buildings from the Third and Jefferson National Register District, including the Hosch building, were removed in 2004 to allow development of the $110 million Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Components of all three buildings are stored in locations off River Road. The Board of Trade building is stored in the Louisville Metro Tow Lot, while the building components from the Third and Jefferson National Register District are at the future site of Botanica, Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens.

Cynthia Johnson, the City’s Historic Preservation Officer, will convene a group of preservation leaders to determine the best possible reuse of those buildings, and in the interim, the City will move forward with measures to protect the building components from environmental elements.

This work group is a precursor to a larger community-wide initiative to take a more proactive approach to protecting and preserving the city's most endangered historic structures. This larger initiative will be led by Louisville Forward and engage all community stakeholders to ensure we preserve our rich history and plan for redevelopment of our treasured assets.

 “This is an opportunity to engage the public to seek ways of improving the process of documentation, reuse, and the preservation of our cultural heritage,” said Johnson. “The group will look at ways to develop new practices and improve existing methods for heritage management.”

Those interested in participating in the work group should contact Johnson at 574-2868 or [email protected].

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