Fountain Court Design Competition Inspired by Southern Exposition

Entrance to Fountain Court from Fourth Street. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)
Entrance to Fountain Court from Fourth Street. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)

Has it really been nearly three years since we’ve had a design competition in Louisville? While it’s smaller in scale than the Irish Hill call for ideas, the South Fourth Street Association in Old Louisville is sponsoring the Fountain Court Design Competition to create a historically-inspired entrance to one of Louisville’s famous walking streets.

Here’s some information about the project:

This competition will be a two-stage process. The first phase will be submittal of a designer’s qualifications. Then, from this submittal, a short-list of designers will be considered. And, up to three will be selected to prepare a concept design for the Fountain Court entrance. These participants will be provided $500 each, with the winning designer receiving an additional $500 for the selected proposal.

An important component of this competition will be to incorporate ‘themes’ and elements from the historic Southern Exposition, which occurred in this district from 1883 to 1887.

An informational meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20th at the Conrad Caldwell House on the corner of St. James Court and Magnolia Avenue. Additional details can be found on the competition’s Facebook page.

Engraving of the entrance to the Southern Exposition. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)
Engraving of the entrance to the Southern Exposition. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)
Aerial view of the Southern Exposition. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)
Aerial view of the Southern Exposition. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)
The Southern Exposition overlaid on today's St. James Court. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)
The Southern Exposition overlaid on today’s St. James Court. (Courtesy Fountain Court Design Competition)
Fountain Court stretches between Fourth Street and St. James Court. (Courtesy Bing Maps)
Fountain Court stretches between Fourth Street and St. James Court. (Courtesy Bing Maps)

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden is a writer and architectural designer living in Brooklyn. After graduating from the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Branden practiced architecture in Louisville where he worked on several large LEED Certified buildings. Branden is the senior web editor at The Architect’s Newspaper, where he covers architecture, design, and urbanism. He has also written about design for Designers & Books, sustainability for Inhabitat, and architecture for the American Institute of Architects. He founded Broken Sidewalk in 2007, an online collaborative promoting architecture and urbanism in Louisville, Kentucky and the Midwest.

1 COMMENT

  1. I was a 10 year old boy living at 214 W.Hill Street in 1952. I went trick or treating at everyone of these houses during my two years living in Louisville, Kentucky.
    I loved Fountain and Saint James Courts as well as Central Park.
    Would love to live back in louisville.
    Kermit Johnson

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