The Whitestone Building near the corner of Sixth Street and Main Street is set to make the leap from office space to condos. Rumors of the project have been floating around for some time now, but no word has come out as to whether the project would gain steam or not. Now, the news is looking a bit more solid as the Whitestone will be participating in this weekend’s Downtown Living Tour. The Whitestone is actually two row-buildings on Main Street and unconfirmed plans call for 8 condos on two floors of the five-story buildings with around 1800 square feet each. No word yet on pricing for the condos, but we expect more details will emerge this weekend.
The project is being called the Whitestone Condominiums and will offer a major perk yet unseen in Louisville condo marketing: electric cars. That’s right, each condo is reportedly coming with its own electric car which can be parked in the basement of the building. Because of the structure’s historic nature, conventional cars cannot be parked inside due to ventilation issues. Electric cars, however, escape the problem of noxious fumes that comes standard on normal autos.
The location is unbeatable, too. The set of buildings sits on the same block where Museum Plaza is slated for development and is near just about everything downtown: the waterfront, museums, the civic center… A couple of the condos should also have views of the Ohio River. The building on the left dates to around 1880 and features limestone arches at ground level and a cornice and entablature with Tudor detailing. The building to the right dates all the way back to 1865 and is clad in white marble that sparkles when the sun catches it right. Cast-iron Corinthian columns on the sidewalk level lead to a Renaissance-revival facade above featuring stone acanthus leaves and carved window pediments.