by Stephanie Crosby
The main library was among the hardest-hit Louisville landmarks in the flood. In some places, Director Craig Buthod says there were six feet of water that ruined thousands of books.
Eleven-million dollars later, those flood-damaged areas are now open to the public. Buthod says they took the opportunity to restore some of the historic value of the building.
“You’ll see along the way, completely new plaster and restored painting and original colors, and woodwork and marble and ironwork, all of which have been brought back to the beauty of the original 1908 Carnegie library,” says Buthod.
“You won’t believe the way this has been refurbished and reenergized,” says Abramson. “You’ll discover a whole new wealth of resources at your fingertips, and in the long history of this library, this phase will really be remembered as a rebirth of the downtown Main Branch.”
The Main Branch will host an Open House on Saturday from one to four to view the newly renovated areas. They contain a new children’s wing, a teen center and an auditorium.