Landmarks Commission To Consider Whiskey Row Request

by Gabe Bullard

The Louisville Metro Landmarks commission will meet Monday evening to review an application to preserve Whiskey Row.

The buildings near and Main Streets were once home to distillers and other whiskey-related businesses, but have been decaying for decades. They were purchased by developer Todd Blue in 2006. Blue recently filed a request to demolish the row to make room for a new development, prompting several preservation groups to file to have the buildings declared landmarks.

Attorney Steve Porter helped with the filing and will address the commission.

“These buildings are about as important as any buildings in town,” he says. “You could maybe rank Churchill Downs and City Hall and the Courthouse and a few buildings like that above them, Locust Grove, Farmington, but other than that, these buildings are as important as any buildings there are in the city of Louisville.”

A landmark declaration would prevent Blue from making any changes to the outside of the buildings without approval from the commission. Blue has said he always intends to preserve the facades of the buildings, but the structures themselves are too deteriorated to save.