Demo Watch: 640 Davies Avenue in Algonquin

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(Note: The Demo Watch section of Broken Sidewalk highlights properties eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places that are slated for demolition. These are simply announcements to keep you informed of how your city is changing. Unless expressly stated otherwise, they do not imply any opinion from Broken Sidewalk on the merits of these buildings or their planned demolition.)

A wrecking permit (WR992466) has been requested for a house at 640 Davies Avenue in Algonquin half a block off South Seventh Street.

The 1,170-square-foot wooden shotgun house sits on a 4,230-square-foot lot and is listed as built in 1908. It’s listed as a one-bedroom, one-bath residence. The property is owned by Michael Rickert of Pewee Valley and has accumulated multiple violations including a collapsing roof.

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The block of mostly shotgun houses sits directly adjacent to hundreds of new student housing units built by private developers for the University of Louisville. Most of those developments are gated communities, many in a distinctly suburban style.

Demolition can begin August 11.

If you’d like additional information about this case, you can contact Mike Beard, Plan Review Supervisor, at 502-574-3321 or Cynthia Johnson, Metro Historic Preservation Officer, at 502-574-2868.

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