Fourth Street at Theater Square
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The spot is the current location of Theater Square. It’s Fourth Street just north of Broadway. It’s two stories now, with a central plaza, but it used to be five.

Old Berkeley Hotel on Fourth Street (photo by Library of Congress)
Old Berkeley Hotel on Fourth Street. (Courtesy Library of Congress)

It was made of brick with simple detailing that was far superior to the modern brick buildings. One building was made of glazed terra-cotta with a gothic motif. It’s long gone.

The massive building in the photo below was the Berkeley Hotel and we’re sorry it’s not here today. The west side of Fourth from here to Broadway is lacking in urban scale and definition. The modern version does have retail, though, but it would be nice to have some of these buildings around to renovate.

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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