Whiskey Row Block Dominates Preservation Louisville Lists

by Gabe Bullard on May 27, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

Preservation Louisville has released its annual lists of the ten most endangered historic places and top ten preservation successes.

Topping the list of successes was Patrick O’Shea’s at 2nd and Main Streets. Topping the endangered list was the as-yet undeveloped Iron Quarter, directly to the east.

Many of the most endangered buildings have histories similar to the Iron Quarter—they were purchased, but not developed and have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Preservation Louisville executive director Marianne Zickuhr says she hopes the lists will spur the owners of endangered properties to seek funding to preserve their buildings.

“There are several programs like Metro Louisville’s façade loan program, like the Kentucky historic preservation tax credit, there are also a federal historic preservation tax credits for commercial projects, many of which are being used,” she says.

Preservation groups have released lists of endangered sites Louisville for years.  This is the third year for the list of successes.

Top Ten Most Endangered Historic Places

  1. Whiskey Row 105-119 W. Main (Iron Quarter)
  2. Historic properties in the proposed bridge route
  3. Victorian house on Frankfort
  4. Shotgun houses
  5. Park Hill District
  6. Colonial Gardens
  7. Water Co. Block buildings
  8. Corner store fronts
  9. Ouerbacker House
  10. Art Deco Buildings

Top Ten Preservation Successes

  1. Patrick O’Sheas (Whiskey Row)
  2. Riverside – The Farnsley Moormen Landing – Chapel
  3. Thomas Edison House
  4. SAR – Fulton Conway
  5. Locust Grove
  6. The Blind Pig
  7. Firehouse – Shelby and Main streets
  8. Howard Steamboat Museum
  9. GQ Unlimited
  10. Trolley barns

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