Two Architects Opening on West Main Street
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Rundell Ernstberger Associates, a landscape architecture office based in Muncie, Indiana, will be opening a Louisville office on West Main Street between 6th and 7th streets. The office is known for such projects as Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit and is scheduled to open in September. GBBN Architects, based in Cincinnati, OH, is opening an office on the same block; in fact, in the next building over.

Construction has been going on to transform the original Museum Plaza showroom into an architect’s office. Here’s what the company says about their impending opening:

The saying is “Louisville, Do Something Original,” and that’s exactly what GBBN Architects intends to do when it opens its doors for business at 609 West Main Street in August.

The 50-year-old, international healthcare design firm is expanding its practice to Louisville, and bringing nearly 2,000 healthcare projects worth of experience with them.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring our healthcare design expertise to my hometown,” said David Proffitt, AIA, who will oversee the day-to-day operations of GBBN Louisville. “We’ve assembled a team of immensely talented healthcare planners and designers who have experience both local, regionally and internationally.”

The addition of these two firms takes the tally of architecture-related offices on this single block along to seven; several additional offices are located in adjacent blocks as well. When combined with the plethora of creative advertising firms in the area, art museums, and Museum Plaza with the University of Louisville’s MFA program, West Main will continue to be a creative asset for Louisville.

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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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3 COMMENTS

  1. I noticed a new sign for an architecture firm in the building at the corner Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road (the same one Heine Brothers is in). I coudln't actually read the company name so I don't know if it's a new firm or just a new location for an existing one. Architecture Firms are apparently on the rise in town either way.

  2. Rundell Ernstberger Associates is a great firm, possibly the top landscape architecture firm in Indy. They are designing the Indy Cultural Trail, and also did the 38th St. streetscape there. Both of which are among the best projects in that city.

  3. I stopped by the corner of Eastern and Bardstown over the weekend and Design Plus Architecture is located on the second floor of the building you mentioned. It seems they focus on chain restaurant architecture. As per their web site: "Design +, Inc. is an architectural firm specializing in individual and multi-unit restaurant design and development." I have seen their name associated with several YUM! building projects.

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