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Now you see if, now you don’t. Thanks to a tipster for sending in these photos of the now-leveled old Water Company Building at the Omni Hotel & Residences site. Metro Louisville was under a deadline to deliver a cleared site by the first of the year, and with the help of a lot of gray area in the city’s preservation laws, that they will meet that deadline.

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These views were taken on Friday from the 16th floor of the Rudd Heart & Lung Building at Jewish Hospital.

For a few days after the old Water Company Building facade was removed but before the structure was leveled, the building presented a particularly mutilated, scarred face that’s sure to linger with those who saw it.

Construction is slated to begin next year on the $300 million Omni Hotel & Residences. The location of the now-gone Water Company Building will house the loading dock for the hotel.

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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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2 COMMENTS

  1. You are looking directly at my office in the 5/3rd building in these photos. I am glad they are finally moving forward. I watch the progress every day. I look forward to seeing the building being built from my desk. It will be a much better thing for the city than the decrepit structures that once stagnated in that lot.

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