Unusual Kentucky, the observer of anything out of the ordinary in the Commonwealth, has a photoset posted about the Morrissey Garage on Third Street between Liberty and Muhammad Ali. There are many more photos over at Unusual Kentucky and you should definitely check them out.
Built in 1919 and originally called Bosler’s Fireproof Garage, the structure was one of the first parking garages built in Louisville. Designed by J.J. Gaffney in the Romanesque-revival style, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, but its future is uncertain as it sits on the so-called Water Company Block where the Cordish Companies has proposed its massive Center City project.
While Cordish has tried to incorporate historic structures into his projects in the past, a 90 year old garage could be challenging to work into an entertainment district. Four historic structures occupying the block have been listed on Preservation Louisville‘s Ten Most Endangered Places list. The property is currently owned by the City of Louisville.
According to the Louisville Guide, the garage features a basement, three parking decks, a spiral ramp, and two retail spaces that once housed various businesses such as a tire store, a fruit market, and a bookstore. The garage was heated and provided car cleaning services when it operated years ago.
- The Morrissey Building (Unusual Kentucky)