Butchertown Fire Station
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The fire station being built on Spring Street between Story Avenue and Mellwood Avenue has come a long way since we last checked in. As you can see in the photos, the front facade is is more than half way bricked. Decorative (synthetic) stone details are included in the design including a stone foundation to mimic the older buildings in the neighborhood, an ornate (by modern standards) cornice line, and several round medallions. The metal shed roof has already been installed and clerestory windows are in place on the side of the building.

Butchertown Fire Station
Butchertown Fire Station.

The design is what postmodernists call the “decorated shed” in its most pure form. The side view of the building after the click shows a simple and efficient extruded shed form with a generally 2-D “decorative” facade facing the street. Given the generally low budget of fire station projects, the Butchertown Station appears as if it will blend nicely into the historic neighborhood.

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Branden Klayko

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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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