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Fountain Court Design Competition Inspired by Southern Exposition

Monday, August 13, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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.

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Adding Mass on Market Street with New Nucleus Building

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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New building on Market Street tops out. (Courtesy U of L)

New building on Market Street tops out. (Courtesy U of L)

Last week, officials celebrated the topping off of the University of Louisville’s Nucleus building on the corner of Market and Floyd streets and announced a partnership with Bernheim Arboretum to design a new green roof featuring native plants. The eight-story, $18 million building designed by local architects Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan broke ground in July 2011 and is expected to open in May 2013, pushed back from its initial projection of late 2012.

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Weekend Movie: Meet Urbanist William Holly Whyte

Saturday, August 4, 2012 by Branden Klayko.

Anyone who cares about cities should know William Holly Whyte, one of America’s preeminent urbanists ranking with Jane Jacobs and Louisville’s own Grady Clay. In 1980, Whyte created this film, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, documenting how people behave and interact in public space, focusing primarily on New York City. It’s an hour long, but well worth watching, so find some time this weekend and get to know cities—and Louisville—a little better.

Demolition on Third Street Could Make Way For New St. Francis Building

Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
Concept rendering of proposed multi-use facility on Third Street. (Courtesy Lake Flato)

Concept rendering of proposed multi-use facility on Third Street. (Courtesy Lake Flato)

St. Francis High School, located in the Beaux-Arts former YMCA building Downtown on the corner of Third Street and Broadway, has been dreaming of an expanded campus for over a decade. Since purchasing their structure in March 1999 (the school was founded in the building in 1977), St. Francis has also acquired adjacent parcels, including a two-story brick parking garage at 659 South Third Street. Following a new master plan created in 2010 by nationally-acclaimed, San Antonio-based Lake/Flato architects, St. Francis has applied to demolish the garage. Current plans call for a parking lot at the site until funds are raised to build a multipurpose arts and athletics complex.

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Death in a Cemetery: Frankel Memorial Chapel Collapses

Monday, July 30, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
The collapsed Frankel Memorial Chapel. (Diane Deaton-Street)

The collapsed Frankel Memorial Chapel. (Diane Deaton-Street)

The small Frankel Memorial Chapel built in 1905 has collapsed. Long-time Broken Sidewalk contributor Diane Deaton-Street pointed out the tragic news and has shared a few photos of the aftermath. Designed in the eclectic style, the chapel sits in the back of the Temple Brith Sholom Cemetery section of the larger Adath Israel Cemetery on Preston Street south of Eastern Parkway, Kentucky’s oldest extant Jewish cemetery, but the identity of the architect remains uncertain.

The collapse occurred on July 25 when cemetery maintenance workers were attempting to remove the decaying roof  for repair, which had been deteriorating for many years. It looks like what was left of the interior is a complete loss, but the roof and stone pieces have been stacked on site. No word yet as to the future of the chapel.

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Michael Graves Dressed as the Humana Building

Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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Architect Michael Graves (far left) wears his Humana Building. (Courtesy Fantastic Journal)

Architect Michael Graves (far left) wears his Humana Building. (Courtesy Fantastic Journal)

Growing up in Louisville, I was vaguely aware that the Humana Building on the corner of Fifth and Main streets was an important building, but it wasn’t until I was in architecture school that I realized just how important (one of TIME’s ten most important buildings of the 1980s). From Paul Goldberger’s review of the building in the New York Times (1985):

But Humana has been thought of as the real test for Mr. Graves. For this is his largest urban building, the sign of how well he can make the move from small-scale buildings to large ones. And beyond its significance for the reputation of Michael Graves, Humana is a striking example of a large, prosperous corporation seeking to build a headquarters structure that would stand as a statement against conventional, modernist corporate architecture. It is surely the most ardent such statement since A.T.&T. commissioned Philip Johnson and John Burgee to build its split-pediment-topped granite skyscraper in New York City – a building to which the new Humana headquarters will inevitably be compared.

The photo above from 1996 appeared in Vanity Fair where Goldberger now writes and depicts the remaining group known as the New York Five (left to right, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, with John Hejduk not pictured) wearing buildings they designed. (Via Fantastic Journal)

Fro-Yo Shop Set To Open in Gardiner Lane Center

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
The New Orange Leaf Fro-Yo building. (Courtesy Forza Architecture)

The New Orange Leaf Fro-Yo building. (Courtesy Forza Architecture)

A new fro-yo shop called Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is about to open in the Gardiner Lane Shopping Center at 3012 Bardstown Road. Stephen Tracy, principal at Forza Architecture, shared this photo of the new building on what used to be a National City Bank on the site. As you can see, there will be a large outdoor seating area and there’s bike parking. Another Orange Leaf is already open farther out in the suburbs in Springhurst.

Students From Yale Study Boutique Manufacturing, Bourbon in Louisville

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
Study site for an urban bourbon distillery. (Courtesy Bing)

Study site for an urban bourbon distillery. (Courtesy Bing)

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Architect's Newspaper Blog on February 8, 2012.]

American manufacturing may be on the rocks, but Deborah Berke, principal at Deborah Berke & Partners and designer of the 21c Museum Hotel, believes that by adding a little bourbon, Louisville can make an industrial comeback. Berke is leading a graduate studio at Yale exploring the future of boutique manufacturing in the United States and using an urban distillery in Louisville as a case study.

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