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Old 12-19-2010, 09:31 PM
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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If I'm not mistaken the developer actually had plans for it. That is a great location, with some office space, retail, and dining it would be awesome. Is anyone still fighting for the Iron Quarter plans? I get that they are historic and all but the interiors are falling apart! What is the problem with tearing the interiors out? It would cost an insane amount to repair that.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:16 AM
Location: "Daytonnati"
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There have been plans for the "Iron Quarter", "Whiskey Row", or whatever you want to call it, for decades.

The place actually does have some historic signifigance as Washington Street..the alley north of the buildings on Main...is the last of the old wharf streets. There used to be a collection of streets and alleys between Main and the old wharf running north-south and east-west...Bulllet Street, Morrel Court, Carter Alley, Washington Street, etc. that was lined with old warehouses and storehouses and even some housing up in the upper floors. At least one of these was reached via a tunnel or passage through a building, so the place was like something out of Dickensian London or something.

Floods, the Floodwall, and parking lot construction took their toll, and what remainded of this cityscape was removed via the Riverfront urban renewal during the late 1960s.

Washington Street was the sole survivor, two blocks of which remained a narrow shadowy urban canyon, (partly lined with nightclubs of various types) until Belknap finally went out of business.

Then the subsequent redevelopment altererd the character of the street, so the only surviving fragment is the block of Washington between 2nd and 1st, the last of the old wharf streets. If you go down there imagine this kind of street and streetscape extending down to where, say the I-64 overpass is, and west to, say, 5th Street. That used to be the urban fabric of Louisville riverfront north of Main.

As for the developer, yes he did have plans, but it seems like he has backed-off from the orginal concept of re-using the old buildings, wanting to demolish them instead.

Personally, I'd be suprised if the buildings survive. So if you want to see the last of a historic aspect of the riverfront head on down there some day, down to Washington Street, before they collapse or are demolished.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:58 AM
Location: Crescent Hill
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I agree, I'll be surprised if the buildings end up being saved. Most likely, I think, is that the cast-iron facades will be preserved with new construction behind, just like the stretch of 3 or 4 facades in the 700 block of West Main where the Museum Plaza is planned to go.

Psychota, keep in mind that historical preservationists don't have to have a positive plan for rehabilitation or redevelopment before they work to save an historic site. In many cases the urgency of simply halting demolition is front and center, and discussing what to do with the structures once they're saved can come later.
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