Morrissey Garage (BS File Photo)
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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.

Inside the Morrissey Garage (photo from Unusual Kentucky)
Inside the Morrissey Garage. (Courtesy Unusual Kentucky)

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.

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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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5 COMMENTS

  1. i explored that place and stayed in the marriott beside it for the acusport gunshow i love the morrissey and hope they do not tear it down

  2. Hey! I visit morriseys every week! I scope out the whole garage every time! The basement includes a bomb shelter from the 60s! You should also check out the store inside the building. In the office when you first walk in, there is a paper from 1984! Check out the aboandoned theatre next to morriseys!

  3. I’ve never been in it, thought it was haunted. It was open one day and I took pictures of the inside. I also thought there woul dbe alot of vintage cars in there waiting to be restored. Is it always open to the public?

  4. The structure is now owned by Metro Louisville as it awaits plans from the Cordish Company for their Center City proposal. It hasn’t been open to the public for several years as I understand it.

  5. I know it's not open for use but what I mean is why is it often open to the public like when JS Holland said he went in there and no one was there. whats the reason for having it open fromt ime to time when no ones there to do anything to it.

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