115–117 North Wenzel Street. (Courtesy Google)
115–117 North Wenzel Street. (Courtesy Google)
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It’s been a while since we’ve had some all-around good preservation news, but here’s a bit from Butchertown. This little duplex shotgun house on the corner of Wenzel Street and Washington Street has been quietly deteriorating, but now there’s a plan for a major renovation that just passed the Butchertown Architecture Review Committee (ARC).

Bruce McCann of Coral Properties plans to invest $65,000 updating the two residential units. Planned work on the front facade includes replacing the four front windows with new wooden versions, replacing the building’s front doors and restoring the existing transom windows, tuckpointing the brick, and removing a portion of concrete sidewalk for a planting bed.

Among the biggest changes is a second floor in the back of the building, making these shotgun houses into camelbacks. According to papers filed with the city, McCann plans to raise the roof by about five feet to create a true second floor with one bedroom and bath per unit. Once complete, the whole project will receive a new standing-seam metal roof. The interior layout calls for two bedrooms and two baths per unit.

On the north facade facing Washington Street, a crumbling brick wall will be rebuilt and painted to match existing brick. Throughout the entire project, existing vinyl siding will be replaced with Hardie siding. Two existing chimneys will be removed and one rebuilt.

The ARC passed the proposal with recommendations to increase the size of the windows, stressing that they should include rounded tops as is common in the neighborhood.

McCann did not return an email requesting additional details, but his company, Coral Properties, owns several buildings in the vicinity as shown in the map below. Hopefully that means a number of renovation projects will be going online soon.

Sites owned by Coral Properties. (Courtesy Lojic / Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
Sites owned by Coral Properties. (Courtesy Lojic / Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
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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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