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WHISKEY ROW STABILIZATION

Louisville, Kentucky

Seven historic buildings located at 105-119 West Main Street have been stabilized as part of this fascinating project. These buildings, considered as part of the “Iron Quarter Block”, were built in the mid to late nineteenth century and are part of Louisville’s rich history in early bourbon and whisky making. They were recently purchased by a local group of concerned citizens in order to preserve Louisville’s most important architectural heritage. The City of Louisville also played an important role to preserve these buildings thru funding and project facilitation.

JRA Architects, lead consultant, worked in conjunction with Simpson Gumpertz & Herger Structural Engineers to perform this intricate project. After surveying the existing conditions, it was determined that 4 of the seven building’s interiors had deteriorated so bad ( some were in partial collapse) that they would be need to be selectively demolished. This occurred after the contractor saved historic building elements of the interior and preserved the Main Street façades. At buildings 105 and 107/109, the façade was saved after installing a 6 story steel bracing system, which was firmed attached to the sub-basement level with augur cast piers. Foundation specialists GEM Engineers provided on the spot decision making in order to carefully excavate in areas next to potentially crumbling buildings.

The entire three buildings at 111, 113, and 115 East Main were able to be saved by rebuilding selective portions of the exterior, adding a new temporary roof, and installin temporary interior columns at key locations. Historic tin ceilings, heavy timber trim, and turn of the century molding have been saved to be incorporated in the new building use.

 

PROJECT DATA    >  

 

PROJECT TYPE
Historic Preservation

CONTRACTOR
Sullivan Cozart, Inc.

 

 

PROJECT TEAM

Mark E. Trier, AIA, LEED AP
President
Vincent Vetter, AIA
Principal
Steve Wiser, AIA
Associate

 

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